Another title for Richard Lyons
Sutton Motorsport Images supported Richard Lyons has won his second title in a fortnight after clinching victory in the Japanese GT Championship at Suzuka today.
After winning the Formula Nippon Championship at the same venue two weeks ago, Lyons completed a unique double in the Suzuka GT300KM event, the seventh and final round of the series.
Lyons, partnered by Satoshi Motoyama in their Nismo Xanavi Z, stretched his winning points total from 11points to 12 despite carrying 120kgs of success ballast, by far the highest of any car in the race and more than twice the extra weight of any car within seven places in the finishing order.
In a controlled drive Lyons finished seventh, one place ahead of his closest championship rival.
The number one Nismo car was the only multiple winner in the series and his squad secured the team's title.
"This has been a fabulous season for everyone in the team and this title is as satisfying for me as my Formula Nippon win," said Lyons afterwards.
"To be involved in developing a car from scratch with a factory team is a tremendous privilege and a great help in my own progress as a driver.
"The level that these teams are operating at is at least the equal of any other series. The cars are quicker than almost every other car with a roof in the world.
"We're getting up to speeds in excess of 200mph in places and the level of technology is unequalled below Formula One. The races are long and tough, too, so all round it's been a great education."
Keith Sutton, Sutton Motorsport Images CEO: "Many congratulations to Richard and the Nismo team on his fantastic title success at Suzuka this weekend. Richard is the first British driver to win the Japanese GT title, and along with his recent Formula Nippon title has marked him out as one of the brightest young talents of 2004."