With the weather being neither too hot nor too wet like how Sepang usually is, the GT500 race machines of the 2013 AUTOBACS Super GT blitzed across the Sepang International Circuit at tremendous speeds, all aiming to set the fastest time for the Round 3 Qualifying session. Running in a new two-session “knock-out” format for this season, seven cars were knocked out in Q1, leaving the other eight to battle it out for the pole position.

The HSV-010 was once a great weapon to attack Sepang, but the first one only appeared from the fifth position with the RAYBRIG HSV-010 piloted by Takuya Izawa and Takashi Kogure setting a time of 1:55.886 in the first qualifying session.

Although the Lexus SC 430 is the longest running model in the GT500 class among the three, it is still a potent weapon as it grabbed the second, third and fourth position on the grid. DENSO KOBELCO SC 430 qualified in fourth position with a time of 1:55.751 set on the second session of the qualifying.

Following closely at the back is KeePer TOM’s SC430 with a time of 1:55.688,…

…while ZENT CERUMO SC 430 qualified second on the grid with just a 0.1 second difference separating them.

But perfectly displaying that it is still a force to be reckoned with, the CALSONIC IMPUL’s GT-R driven by J.P. Lima De Oliveira charged forward to the pole position with a blistering time of 1:55.456. This is De Oliveira’s second time in pole position, with the last time was back in 2012’s Round 6.

Will De Oliveira be able to hold the lead and take home the win for Round 3, or will the SC 430s show that with age, comes serious speed? Stay put as we will bring you the results of the race day happening moments from now!

 

1 12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Tsugio Matsuda
J.P.Lima De Oliveira
1’55.456
2 38 ZENT CERUMO SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Yuji Tachikawa
Kohei Hirate
1’55.589
3 37 KeePer TOM’S SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Daisuke Ito
Andrea Caldarelli
1’55.688
4 39 DENSO KOBELCO SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Juichi Wakisaka
Hiroaki Ishiura
1’55.751
5 100 RAYBRIG HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Takuya Izawa
Takashi Kogure
1’55.886
6 1 REITO MOLA GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Satoshi Motoyama
Yuhi Sekiguchi
1’55.844
7 8 ARTA HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Ralph Firman
Kosuke Matsuura
1’56.185
8 18 Weider Modulo HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Naoki Yamamoto
Frederic Makowiecki
1’55.709
9 23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Masataka Yanagida
Ronnie Quintarelli
1’56.336
10 17 KEIHIN HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Koudai Tsukakoshi
Toshihiro Kaneishi
1’56.468
11 36 PETRONAS TOM’S SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Kazuki Nakajima
James Rossiter
1’56.552
12 6 ENEOS SUSTINA SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Kazuya Oshima
Yuji Kunimoto
1’56.562
13 32 Epson HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Ryo Michigami
Daisuke Nakajima
1’56.618
14 24 D’station ADVAN GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Hironobu Yasuda
Michael Krumm
1’57.245
15 19 WedsSport ADVAN SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Seiji Ara
Andre Couto
1’57.427