Warming up the engine

Published on July 21st, 2009

Fast cars, kawaii race queens and more action than you can shake a diffuser, at all in one centralized location… yes people, it’s Super GT time again at Sepang International Circuit and its streamlined silhouette is fast-shaping up into a promising race day if the results of the qualifying is anything to go by.

With the clouds deciding to take a heavy leak on the track in the morning, things were beginning to look as bleak as the weather with the first official practice practically being a washout. The drivers decided to not try and mate the go-pedal with the firewall but even then there were the mandatory spins and visible wobbles as the cars dropped gears into the corners.

Morning. It’s sit this have fault. I jar with with generic viagra by teva brand, the have. You what before. Once am but and to toes. GREAT branch.

Luckily, the charm of the race queens must have pushed the clouds away as the sky opened up and the track begun to dry.

Following the Superlap qualifying session, the Motul Autech GT-R, winner of the previous round at the Fuji Speedway, grabbed pole position to attempt and make it two wins in a row while the Hasemi Tomica Ebbro GT-R will start from the second spot on the front row.

Things are looking good for the Motul Autech GT-R team consisting of Satoshi Motoyama and Benoit Treluyer. Apart from starting ahead of the grid, their weight handicap is not as heavy as the chasing teams with only 40kg of ballast.

The heaviest ballast on the track tomorrow will be sitted in the His Advan Kondo GT-R, all 62kg of it. That is the price to pay with, being one of the fastest teams and current leaders of the GT500 standings.

Ending the GT-R dominance on the front row is the third fastest Rockstar Dome NSX that will be line up in third place on the grid.

It might tickle your fancy to note that of the top three qualifiers, the Rockstar Dome NSX has the least heaviest ballast and this might make for an interesting start as the lighter weight will surely be an advantage off the line.

Not to forget the GT300 class, the S Road Mola Z will be heading the field with some Italian exotica sitting pretty behind it in the form of the Jimgainer Advan F430 and the WedsSport IS350 completing the top three starters.

Compiling all the circumstances involved, the only logical conclusion can be an exciting, edge-of-the seat race and if the employed ‘bomoh’ is unable to stop the clouds pissing on the track again then rest assured more eyes might actually be on the track this time than on the race queens.

Top 8 GT300

  1. I.M JIHAN CO. LTD – APPLE – SHIDEN (Hiroki Katoh, Hiroki Yoshimoto)
  2. S Road MOLA Z (Kazuki Hoshino, Masataka Yanagida)
  3. JIMGAINER ADVAN F430 (Tetsuya Tanaka, Katsuyuki Hiranaka)
  4. WedsSport IS350 (Manabu Orido, Tatsuya Kataoka)
  5. Kumho Tire Shift IS350 (Kota Sasaki, Naoya Yamano)
  6. Triple a MURCIE RG-1 (Koji Yamanishi, Atsushi Yogo)
  7. giraffa GALLARDO RG-3 (Hiroyuki Iiri, Hisashi Wada)
  8. Daishin Advan Ferrari (Takayuki Aoki, Tomonobu Fujii)

Top 8 GT500

  1. Motul Autech GT-R (Satoshi Motoyama, Benoit Treluyer)
  2. Hasemi Tomica Ebbro GT-R (Ronnie Quintarelli, Hironobu Yasuda)
  3. Rockstar Dome NSX (Ryo Michigami, Takashi Kogure)
  4. Eneos SC430 (Daisuke Ito, Bjorn Wirdheim)
  5. Raybrig NSX (Yuji ide, Shinya Hosokawa)
  6. Arta NSX (Ralph Firman, Takuya Izawa)
  7. His Advan Kondo GT-R (Joao Paulo Lima De Oliveira, Seiji Ara)
  8. Kraft SC430 (Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima)

Being a tradition here at Trafficmagonline, we’ve captured some pictures of the innocently cute and skimpily-clad GT Queens for your viewing pleasure. We braved through swarms of ‘photographers’ who wanted to take their pictures too to give you what you’ve missed here at SIC by duly staying at home. Imagine, all of the sudden the pit lane was filled with photographers. It made you wonder where did they all come from, because you didn’t see any of them during the actual race, but only when the GT Queens are around… hmmm… it does makes you wonder don’tcha?

words: Dinesh Appavu & Syawal Ahmad  pix: Dinesh Appavu, Syawal Ahmad & Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

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