This year in SuperGT sees the 44th running of the 1000KM race at Suzuka Circuit in Mie prefecture, Japan.
Suzuka International Circuit built in 1962 is Japan’s jewel in the crown. The track, which hosts F1 and is openly rated by drivers as one of the best circuits in the world, is sure to come up trumps in Japan’s punishing summer heat with another hard fought and exciting SuperGT race.
“Rd5 marks the second half of the season and with that comes my strongest and most favourable circuits. Past experience recently has not given us any advantage of late but maybe the best way to look at things is that this is certainly not a disadvantage. Suzuka Rd 5 is Super GT’s biggest and longest race of the year being a brutal 1000km race in summer heat, with extra points on the table compared to the normal 300KM races it certainly ups the ante.
Suzuka is traditionally the Japanese equivalent of Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, it has everything that a driver could possibly demand. However, our weak area has been straight-line speed (Regulated by each Championship) and this is highlighted with the extremely high ambient temperatures (35oC + June through September) in Japan which makes our Audi R8 V10 run on the limit.
Our goal for the weekend has to be solid points and if theres chances to pick up extra points then we have to be in a prime position to take advantage. It’s going to be a hot weekend, not only for the car but for the drivers, let’s see how it all plays out.”
Lyons in action in Round 4 of the GT Asia series at Okayama recently: