Retirement in fourth hour for the No.23 Nissan Skyline. Michael this weekend competed in his first Suzuka 1000 km for his regular Japanese GT Team - Nismo - driving the no.23 car normally campaigned by Comas and Kageyama. Michael's co-drivers...
Retirement in fourth hour for the No.23 Nissan Skyline.
Michael this weekend competed in his first Suzuka 1000 km for his regular Japanese GT Team - Nismo - driving the no.23 car normally campaigned by Comas and Kageyama. Michael's co-drivers for this non-championship event were Kageyama and Tanaka.
Michael qualified the car in 5th position overall and fourth in class - the pole was taken by the sole prototype the Audi R8 of Team Goh. " Qualifying was OK, we could have maybe gone quicker and got onto the front row with the Audi - which would have been something - but we spent a lot of time making sure we had a good race set - up" Michael commented Saturday night.
Michael started the car and quickly found a very quick pace, equaling the very fast Honda's and close to the Toyota which has been dominant at the faster circuits this season in Japanese GT. The Audi R8 quickly established a lead, but would soon retire with a mechanical problem, leaving the Japanese GT competitors to fight for the overall lead.
Michael held a strong third position and was looking good to challenge with his co-drivers for second until they where forced to retire with a mechanical failure in the fourth hour.
"We would have definitely finished on the podium today, either second or third, we could handle the Honda's, and the Toyota although quicker, would have been close as well. We entered the event as an extended test and from that point of view it has been a great success - we have found a very good set-up for the last round of the championship." Michael commented Sunday