Super GT x DTM Dream Race: Wins for Cassidy and Karthikeyan
The first-ever Dream Race joint-event between the Japanese Super GT Series and DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) took place this weekend at Fuji Speedway.
On Saturday, the victory went to Nick Cassidy (Lexus Team Tom’s) in the #37 Lexus LC500. On Sunday, Narain Karthikeyan (Modulo Nakajima Racing) clinched the sprint race victory in the #64 Honda NSX-GT.
Nick Cassidy started the first race from pole position, standing alone in the front row after the second-fastest qualifier Loic Duval (Audi) failed to make the grid after crashing on the installation lap.
After defending the lead at the start, Cassidy overcame some troubles in the pitstop where his crew struggled to switch front wheels, but his leading position wasn’t in danger until the end. He crossed the finish line in front of two Honda NSX drivers Koudai Tsukakoshi (Keihin Real Racing) and Naoki Yamamoto (Team Kunimitsu).
Frenchman Benoit Treluyer (Audi RS5 DTM) finished sixth overall and took the victory among seven DTM drivers. Behind him, 2019 champion Rene Rast (Audi) finished eighth. Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) was 13th overall and third among DTM drivers. BMW was represented by Kamui Kobayashi (14th), Marco Wittmann (18th) and Alex Zanardi (DNC).
On Sunday, the former Indian F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan took the victory in the #64 Honda NSX-GT, what is his best result in his first season in the Super GT Series.
Karthikeyan shared a podium with Marco Wittman (BMW) and Loic Duval (Audi), who fought for P2 until the very last lap. Duval was the provisional winner of that duel but he gets 1sec penalty and dropped to P3.
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