Super GT Finale at Twin Ring Motegi: GT500 title still undecided
2015 Autobacs Super GT Series season’s finale will take place this weekend at Twin Ring Motegi. Ahead of last round of the Japanese GT championship GT500 title is still undecided, while GT300 title was taken at penultimate round by Gainer Tanax driver Andre Couto. For GT500 crown six teams are still in the game and such a dramatic scenario guarantee exciting race at famous track at Tochigi Prefecture.
Current points leader is #12 Calsonic Impul GT-R team of Hironobu Yasuda and Joao Paulo de Oliveira, who collected 66 points. Just two points behind are Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli from #1 Motul Autech GT-R team. Third placed #38 Zent Cerumo RC F team Yuji Tachikawa and Hiroaki Ishiura have 13 points less the leading team, so realistically two GT-R team probably will decide about title. But, everything is possible and three more teams are inside the gap of 20 points, which is the maximum for victory. Fourth placed is #46 S Road Mola GT-R team (Satoshi Motoyama / Masataka Yanagida), ahead #100 Raybrig NSX Concept-GT team (Naoki Yamamoto / Takuya Izawa) and #36 Petronas Tom’s RC F team (Daisuke Ito / James Rossiter).
No handicap weight will be applied to the GT500 cars at upcoming final round. In addition, Motegi is known for its “Stop & Go” layout which demands acceleration and braking. GT-R tends to be strong on such type of track, and indeed Motul Autech GT-R had completed pole-to-win last year. In 2015 season Matsuda and Quintarelli already scored two victories, while leaders Yasuda and De Oliveira are without victories. It can be decisive if both teams finished the championship with same amount of points, than the winner will be team which have more wins.
In GT300 class Andre Couto secured championship title with second place at previous Autopolis round. His team-mate in #10 Gainer Tanax GT-R Katsumasa Chiyo still had to confirm second place. Although there will be no title contention at the final round, there should be more than a few teams that are wanting to grab the last victory of this season. At previous seven rounds five teams scored the victories, so competition is quite equal. Beside leading #10 GT-R only team with two victories is #3 B-Max NDDP GT-R of Kazuki Hoshino and Mitsunori Takaboshi, so they surely will push hard to achieve third win of the season.