Tough Weekend for No. 22 Nismo Skyline in Motegi
Michael qualified his Nissan Skyline, which is carrying 60 Kg of success ballast, in eleventh position for Sundays race. Michael opted to use the harder compound Bridgestone tyres, taking a gamble that the weather improves on Sunday and the longer lasting tyres maybe an advantage.
"We have really struggled to find a nice balance with our car. We are not sure what it is, maybe the ballast we have to carry is really upsetting the car - but I think it maybe more than that. With the hard compound tyres I used in qualifying, it is not a bad result and if the weather co-operates Sunday we may be able to get into a good points position." Michael commented.
From the start of the race, Michael suffered with a very difficult car to drive and did not manage to improve on his grid position. Unusually Michael actually lost a couple of places and handed the car over to Tanaka in fourteenth position.
Tanaka continued to lap at the same pace as Michael and bought the car home in tenth place, as other competitors retired due to mechanical failures.
"The car was very difficult to drive again today and although it was warmer the hard tyres worked against us in the end. We are now second in the championship with a couple of races left, so let's just see what happens at the next one. " Michael commented.