CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R Snatches the Win for the 2013 Super GT Rd.3’s GT500 Class!



From pole position to the checkered flag, #12 CALSONIC IMPUL Nissan GT-R managed to secure its position in front of the GT500 crowd casing furiously to take the lead, earning them  the win at the 2013 AUTOBACS Super GT Round 3 at Sepang international Circuit.

After a quick driver change from Tsugio Matsuda to J.P. Lima De Oliveira behind the wheels of the GT500 GT-R, the 32-year-old Brazilian then continued the team’s charge to victory and finishing the 54-lap race 1’50:11.232. This is also De Oliveira’s third win in his racing career.

“It was a tough race for us as we had to keep the lead and at the same time struggle to take care of the tires. All in all, the victory came down to good teamwork. We had a really good pit-stop and that helped me to build rhythm and pace,” said De Oliveira.

Although the car was facing some oversteering problems during the early stages of the race, it is nothing that the drivers could not handle and soldiered on to the finish line.

“The team did a great job to put us on the top of the field throughout the race without any problems,” said Matsuda.

Coming in second was the #39 DENSO KOBELCO Lexus SC 430 which had started the race in fourth position on the grid, but managed to climb up the ranks to claim a spot on the podium. The #38 ZENT CERUMO Lexus SC 430 had the second position on the earlier parts of the race but due to a contact with the #1 REITO MOLA Nissan GT-R, they were forced to return to the pits due to a damaged right rear tire. The DENSO KOBELCO Lexus SC 430 with Juichi Wakisaka and Hiroaki Ishiura behind the wheels finished the race in 1’50:15.322.

Having started the race at fifth position, #100 RAYBRIG Honda HSV-010 GT stayed cleared off the crowd and took advantage of the commotion to secure third in the race. With Takuya Izawa taking the first stint followed by Takashi Kogure, their victory coincidentally completes the three machines participating in the GT500 class.

 

1 12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Tsugio Matsuda
J.P.Lima De Oliveira
1:50’11.232 54 BS 22
2 39 DENSO KOBELCO SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Juichi Wakisaka
Hiroaki Ishiura
4.09 54 BS 22
3 100 RAYBRIG HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Takuya Izawa
Takashi Kogure
8.631 54 BS 48
4 18 Weider Modulo HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Naoki Yamamoto
Frederic Makowiecki
15.657 54 MI 14
5 17 KEIHIN HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Koudai Tsukakoshi
Toshihiro Kaneishi
15.803 54 BS 30
6 1 REITO MOLA GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Satoshi Motoyama
Yuhi Sekiguchi
23.897 54 MI 6
7 6 ENEOS SUSTINA SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Kazuya Oshima
Yuji Kunimoto
28.971 54 BS 30
8 8 ARTA HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Ralph Firman
Kosuke Matsuura
40.926 54 BS 10
9 23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Masataka Yanagida
Ronnie Quintarelli
41.487 54 MI 22
10 37 KeePer TOM’S SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Daisuke Ito
Andrea Caldarelli
56.415 54 BS 10
11 36 PETRONAS TOM’S SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Kazuki Nakajima
James Rossiter
1’11.696 54 BS 40
12 32 Epson HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Ryo Michigami
Daisuke Nakajima
1’18.171 54 DL
13 24 D’station ADVAN GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Hironobu Yasuda
Michael Krumm
1’22.260 54 YH
14 38 ZENT CERUMO SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Yuji Tachikawa
Kohei Hirate
1’59.409 54 BS 46
15 19 WedsSport ADVAN SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Seiji Ara
Andre Couto
2’00.793 54 YH