December 1, 2021

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Honda can’t feel “safe” about SUPER GT title prospects

Pursuing victory for the ARTA NSX of Tomoki Nojiri and Nirei Fukuzumi at Motegi last weekend, Honda crews sit 1st, second and 3rd in the drivers’ standings with only a person race still left this season.

Group Kunimitsu’s Naoki Yamamoto proceeds to guide on 60 factors with a lessened five-place buffer about Nojiri and Fukuzumi, although Actual Racing duo Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi are 8 factors again just after finishing fourth on Sunday.

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3 other crews continue being in mathematical title contention – Toyota squads TOM’S (Yuhi Sekiguchi/Sho Tsuboi) and Rookie Racing (Kenta Yamashita/Kazuya Oshima), as well as Nissan outfit Impul (Nobuharu Matsushita/Kazuki Hiramine) – but the hole back from Yamamoto to the greatest non-Honda pairing, Sekiguchi and Tsuboi, stands at 16 points with only 21 readily available at Fuji.

It implies a sixth-location complete for Yamamoto and Tadasuke Makino, third for Nojiri and Fukuzumi or next for Baguette and Tsukakoshi would be adequate to assurance Honda consecutive GT500 titles for the initially time in its history even if Sekiguchi and Tsuboi acquire the race.

Even so, NSX-GT job leader Masahiro Saiki pointed to Yamamoto and Makino finishing down in 12th at Motegi as proof that absolutely nothing can be taken for granted.

“Due to the fact we can see the NSX crews substantial up in the standings, it appears we have an advantage, but Super GT has come to be a class when it can be difficult to even score one place, so I really do not think it is a hole we can feel relieved about,” Saiki told reporters just after the Motegi race.

“As you can see by wanting at the #1 car this time, depending on how the race unfolds, there is a chance of scoring zero details even with no big issues.

“If we score no details, it usually means the fifth- or sixth-put cars and trucks in the standings can nonetheless get the title absent from us if they gain the race, so I do not imagine we can contact it a ‘safe’ condition.

“Simply because the Supras will be speedy on the straights, I think the other facet [Toyota] will be remarkable in the race. I hope we can verify our long race tempo, and in some way hold in there to rating some good points.”

 

Saiki also cautioned that Honda’s common gasoline mileage gain above Toyota and Nissan has been eroded based mostly on the activities of Motegi.

Though the ARTA Honda took the get as the Impul Nissan GT-R radically ran out of gas on the final lap, another member of the Nissan stable, Kondo Racing, pitted on the same lap as the two leaders – lap 23 of 63 and was capable to entire its next stint with no challenges.

The #36 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra was also between the six GT500 cars and trucks to prevent on lap 23.

“Not too long ago, the #1 vehicle has been pitting in at the bare minimum [one-third distance] and has effectively been equipped to do an undercut tactic, so in this race I obtained the sensation that the other suppliers have been operating challenging in this area,” stated Saiki.

“The autos of every manufacturer pitted in all around the very same time, and we have been also acquiring to be watchful about our gas consumption. I believe the other companies have been creating methods to prevent currently being undercut by the NSX.”

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