Qualifying Saturday Afternoon Of the 43 cars entered for Round Four of the Autobacs Japanese GT Championship, the first 15 cars in the GT 500 Class were covered by only one second. Michael qualified the No. 2 Nismo Skyline in 11th position...
Qualifying Saturday Afternoon
Of the 43 cars entered for Round Four of the Autobacs Japanese GT Championship, the first 15 cars in the GT 500 Class were covered by only one second. Michael qualified the No. 2 Nismo Skyline in 11th position with a time of 1'27.316 Seconds despite carrying a 30kg success ballast penalty and being badly blocked on his fastest lap.
Race Sunday Afternoon
Ukyo Katayama took the start and immediately started to suffer what appeared to be a problem with the soft compound tyres that had been fitted for the first segment of the race, dropping to 13Th position. Ukyo pitted early to hand the car to Michael. The team was unfortunate that the safety car deployed while the No.2 Skyline completed it's unscheduled pit stop.
After the team fitted the harder tyres Michael rejoined the race at the back of the field behind the pace car, which featured on several occasions during the race. The Skyline proved difficult to drive and Michael soon realised that there was a problem with the brakes, one of the Skylines strongest features. Despite this handicap and the harder compound tyres he drove a storming race through the field to bring the car home in a points scoring 6th position.
" It was tough today, we had some problems with the brakes and have to investigate this, the car was still OK to drive but with the hard tyres and weak brakes I am pleased to get up into the points and we have moved up to fifth in the Championship. Next race we will have less success ballast and can start to push into the second half of the season. " Michael commented Sunday evening.