Honda continues dominant run as Okayama SUPER GT test ends

Honda continued its dominance of SUPER GT manufacturer testing as it concluded this week's two days of running at Okayama by monopolising the top of the timesheets.

Honda continues dominant run as Okayama SUPER GT test ends
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Having topped both days at last week's Fuji test and the opening day of the Okayama test on Wednesday, the NSX-GT contingent shone once again on Thursday, with the four Bridgestone-shod Hondas occupying places one to four in the faster two-hour morning session.

This time it was the turn of the #8 ARTA machine of Tomoki Nojiri and Toshiki Oyu to head the order, with Nojiri registering a 1m16.578s benchmark - 0.315s down on the best lap from Wednesday set by Real Racing.

Nobuharu Matsushita was second-fastest at the wheel of the Real car, fractionally ahead of the Team Kunimitsu's NSX-GT and the second of the Mugen-operated ARTA cars, the #16 car.

Best of the rest in fifth was the #1 Team Impul Nissan Z, which suffered an off in the afternoon session when Bertrand Baguette locked up under braking at the hairpin and got beached in the gravel, an incident that brought out the red flags.

Toyota's top representative in sixth place was the SARD GR Supra, which fractionally outpaced both of the TOM'S entries.

The #37 Deloitte-sponsored TOM'S car was also in the wars, being spotted with a damaged rear wing - a tell-tale sign of a rear-end collision with the barriers, albeit at relatively low speeds.


The afternoon session was topped by the #8 ARTA Honda of Oyu, with only the Nakajima Racing Honda improving from its morning time.

With the Okayama test now completed, the GT500 test schedule for the rest of the month largely comprises smaller-scale tyre tests and wet running.

Nissan's pair of Michelin-shod NISMO Zs, absent from Okayama, are expected to run at Motegi on February 12-13, while the two Yokohama users in the field, the Kondo Nissan and Racing Project Bandoh Toyota, are set for their own running at Fuji on February 15-16.

A wet tyre test for some Bridgestone runners is also scheduled for February 16-17 at Motegi.

Okayama SUPER GT testing times:

Pos. No. Team/Car Drivers Morning Afternoon
1 8 ARTA/Honda

Japan Tomoki Nojiri

Japan Toshiki Oyu

1'16.578 1'17.088
2 17 Real Racing/Honda

Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi

Japan Nobuharu Matsushita

1'16.614 1'17.499
3 100 Kunimitsu/Honda

Japan Naoki Yamamoto

Japan Tadasuke Makino

1'16.628 1'18.125
4 16 ARTA/Honda

Japan Nirei Fukuzumi

Japan Hiroki Otsu

1'16.633 1'18.459
5 1 Impul/Nissan

Belgium Bertrand Baguette

Japan Kazuki Hiramine

1'16.917 1'18.010
6 39 SARD/Toyota

Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi

Japan Yuichi Nakayama

1'17.023 1'18.325
7 36 TOM'S/Toyota

Japan Sho Tsuboi

Japan Ritomo Miyata

1'17.037 1'17.855
8 37 TOM'S/Toyota

France Giuliano Alesi

Japan Ukyo Sasahara

1'17.062 1'18.675
9 64 Nakajima Racing/Honda

Japan Takuya Izawa

Japan Kakunoshin Ota

1'17.648 1'17.544
10 38 Cerumo/Toyota

Japan Yuji Tachikawa

Japan Hiroaki Ishiura

1'17.617 1'19.071


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