Qualifying Saturday Afternoon
Michael qualified the No.2 Nismo Skyline, he shares with Ukyo Katayama, in tenth position for the third round of the All Japan GT series. Michael's was the highest placed Nissan despite carrying 50 Kgs of success ballast.
"Tenth is not as high as I would have liked, but with the 50 Kgs, I am pleased to be the best placed Nissan, Sugo is a circuit that does not suit the Skyline. It is going to be a difficult race tomorrow" commented Michael on Saturday evening.
Race Sunday Afternoon
From the start Michael held his position and enjoyed a very close dice with Ralf Firmin who had started his Toyota Supra in position 11. Ralf managing to pass Michael only when he had a huge slide at over 200 kmh allowing Ralph to out drag him on the following straight.
Both Michael and Ralph later slid off the circuit, on a combination of oil and fuel dropped by another competitor, allowing the ballast free Nissan Skyline of Hoshino to pass them both.
Although Michael was suffering with worn tyres he completed a long first stint and pitted from seventh position only a few seconds behind the fifth and sixth placed cars. Katayama rejoined the track and set about improving their position, unfortunately the truculent Skyline caught Ukyo out and he spun on two occasions, relegating the No. 2 Nissan to eleventh overall.
Michael said "Today was very difficult, we had to work really hard for a finish just outside the points, which is not so good for the Championship. We will have only 30kgs of ballast at the next race and we must make sure we get points in all the remaining races as there are only 7 rounds in the Championship."
Qualifying Round Three Sugo 27 May 1 18 TAKATA DOME NSX J.Wakisaka K.Kaneishi 1'20.296 BS 90 2 64 Mobil 1 NSX D.Ito D.Schwager 1'20.581 BS 3 36 TOM'S SUPRA M.Sekiya T.Tsuchiya 1'20.713 MI 4 6 ESSO Tiger Supra H.Noda W.Gardner 1'20.735 BS 20 5 16 Castrol MUGEN NSX O.Nakako R.Michigami 1'20.763 BS 30 6 21 ZERO McLaren GTR M.Hitotsuyama A.Nakaya 1'20.889 DL 7 37 TOM'S SUPRA S.Ara T.Suzuki 1'21.178 MI 8 35 TOM'S SUPRA S.Yamaji P=H.Raphanel 1'21.249 MI 9 100 RAYBRIG NSX A.Iida N.Hattori 1'21.253 BS 20 10 2 Castrol NISMO GT-R U.Katayama M.Krumm 1'21.291 BS 50 11 39 SARD SUPRA GT M.Kageyama R.Firman 1'21.360 YH 12 12 CALSONIC SKYLINE K.Hoshino S.Motoyama 1'21.387 BS
Race Results Round Three Sugo 28 May 2000 1 64 Mobil 1 NSX D.Ito D.Schwager 1:56'02.23 BS 2 16 Castrol MUGEN NSX O.Nakako R.Michigami 10.743 BS 30 Kg 3 35 TOM'S SUPRA S.Yamaji P=H.Raphanel 12.65 MI 4 18 DOME NSX J.Wakisaka K.Kaneishi 33.588 BS 90 Kg 5 12 SKYLINE K.Hoshino S.Motoyama 35.702 BS 6 39 SARD SUPRA GT M.Kageyama R.Firman 35.969 YH 7 6 ESSO ULTRON Supra H.Noda W.Gardner 39.569 BS 20 Kg 8 37 TOM'S SUPRA S.Ara T.Suzuki 46.39 MI 9 36 TOM'S SUPRA M.Sekiya T.Tsuchiya 1'01.245 MI 10 100 RAYBRIG NSX A.Iida N.Hattori 1'05.540 BS 20 Kg 11 2 Castrol NISMO GT-R U.Katayama M.Krumm 1'16.387 BS 50 kg 12 38 CERUMO SUPRA H.Takeuchi Y.Tachikawa 1'25.100 BS 20 Kg 13 30 SOK McLarenGTR Y.Yamada H.Okada 1 lap BS 14 25 ENDLESS ADVAN SUPRA M.Kinoshita M.Orido 3 laps YH 15 8 ARTA NSX A.Suzuki K.Tsuchiya 4 laps BS 16 32 CERUMO SUPRA T.Kinoshita M.Kondo 4 laps BS