SuperGT 2011: When it’s cold you run away to the nearest hottest track

Published on January 26th, 2011

Malaysia has always been cited when it comes to unforgiving weather, be it rain or shine. We blame it on our very strategic location. Apparently, because of our awesome natural climate, the profession ‘Bomoh Hujan’ or Rain Doctor (you guys heard of Witch Doctors, right? Well, this is the weather version) is quite popular and would be the guy to talk to if you’re planning an outdoor event.

Of course, if it’s scorching hot, there are only a few things you can do to chill down your body, and one of them is to drive at an insane speed and let the wind takes care of it for you.

For ‘em four season countries, Winter Testing in Malaysia doesn’t mean testing in a very cold weather, so you can forget about your sweater and Long Johns, and this is the case for two of Super GT teams; Toyota and Nissan.

They had recently done some “winter” testing in the scorching Sepang International Circuit to develop the proper settings in preparing for the 2011 Super GT International Series which will begin on April 2 & 3 in Okayama, Japan. These settings will come in handy when they come to Malaysia for Round 3 of Super GT Series in June (18 & 19).

We could see the Nissan’s R35 and Toyota’s SC430 leaving the pit only to return a couple of laps later to change tyres, or to return inside the paddock for some adjustments and maybe a quick skyjuice while being at it. It was a hot day, so we understood.

Toyota representative Yoshizumi Fukuda said, “the tropical weather in Malaysia is perfect for developing new settings and testing new parts, and we have always loved Malaysia for being part of Super GT.”

When asked about whether or not the LFA will be joining the race this year, Yoshizimi Fukuda said, “the SC430 platform is registered to run until the end of the 2012 series and we have to abide to GTA’s regulation as they are pretty strict about it. After 2012, well, I cannot give any comments.”

“Even during the early years of Super GT when I came as a Honda driver, the amount of warm welcome showered by the Malaysian public has always been tremendous for all of us in Super GT. We cannot say how grateful enough we are for such a strong showing and from the bottom our hearts we thank the Malaysian public for the support,” said Daisuke Ito, who drove for Lexus Team LeMans Eneos last year.

Yutaka Suzuki, Team Manager of Team NISMO, was also present during the testing. “We have been undergoing a long period of tests over the past week with both our tire manufacturers and so far the results are satisfying. We have been winning in the Sepang Rounds for the past 4 years and we’re definitely looking forward to extend that to a record 5th this year.”

As mentioned earlier, Super GT International Series will begin in April and will come to Malaysia in June for the third round. The 9 Round series will end in November with a special round.

words: Syawal Ahmad  pix: Syafril Ismail

Comments

  1. Posted by oreedo on February 1st, 2011, 20:55

    Good reading… an eye opener…. Msia SuperGT leg will be this June…. but they are already here… now…. what a committment to success…

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