Michael started the No.2 Nismo skyline from the fourth slot on the grid, which he secured in Saturday's qualifying session. He maintained a comfortable fourth position in the first 10 laps of the race, until his rear tyres began to overheat and...
Michael started the No.2 Nismo skyline from the fourth slot on the grid, which he secured in Saturday's qualifying session. He maintained a comfortable fourth position in the first 10 laps of the race, until his rear tyres began to overheat and the car developed severe over-steer.
Ex Formula One driver Aguri Suzuki in the No. 8 Honda NSX then caught Michael and they enjoyed a great dice for several laps, during one of which they completed a full half lap side by side. Aguri then lost control of the NSX trying to out-brake Michael into the hairpin and spun into the Skyline. The back of the NSX hit the middle of Michael's Skyline squarely in the left door, which flapped open after the impact.
Michael continued until he received the warning flag to pit for repairs from the organisers, which coincided with his minimum lap requirement. His first attempt to pit was blocked by Kageyama who was trying to overtake Michael as he approached the pit lane entrance.
Ukyo took the hastily repaired No. 2 Skyline back onto the circuit and lapped as high as third place at one stage then dropped back to position eight as the handling on the Skyline deteriorated, a legacy of the incident with Suzuki. Ukyo then had to pit again as the damaged door broke free and he also received the warning flag to pit for repairs.
Michael took the Skyline back out again, now in twelfth position following the second repair and fought his way back to eleventh where they ultimately finished.
"I had a great fight with Aguri, it was very fair and clean, he simply lost the car under braking and hit me which was a shame as I think we could both have been on the podium. The car had a misbalance on left and right hand corners after this and then Ukyo had to make the second stop and I took over. I was catching the last points scoring tenth place car at the flag, so unfortunately no points today" Michael commented from Aida Sunday evening.
Round 5 Race Result
| 00.09.10 | Weather : Cloudy | Course : Dry | TI Circuit AIDA: 3.703km | 82laps |
Po No C-Po Machine Driver Time/Delay Tyre WH
1 38 500-1 FK/Massimo CERUMO SUPRA H.Takeuchi Y.Tachikawa 2:07'40.269 BS 10 2 16 500-2 Castrol MUGEN NSX R.Michigami H.Mitsusada 6.693 BS 40 3 1 500-3 LOCTITE ZEXEL GT-R E.Comas M.Kageyama 10.61 BS 4 30 500-4 SOK McLarenGTR H.Okada T.Matsuda 48.606 BS 5 100 500-5 RAYBRIG NSX A.Iida N.Hattori 50.667 BS 20 6 12 500-6 CALSONIC SKYLINE K.Hoshino S.Motoyama 1'00.365 BS 20 7 6 500-7 ESSO ULTRON Tiger Supra H.Noda W.Gardner 1'19.702 BS 40 8 25 500-8 ENDLESS ADVAN SUPRA M.Kinoshita M.Orido 1'43.858 YH 9 35 500-9 MatsumotoKiyoshi TOM'S SUPRA S.Yamaji PRaphanel 1lap MI 20 10 18 500-10 TAKATA DOME NSX J.Wakisaka K.Kaneishi 1lap BS 70 11 2 500-11 Castrol NISMO GT-R U.Katayama M.Krumm 1lap BS 20