Lyons ready for Motegi Challenge – Motorsport.ie
This years SuperGT championship reaches its final round and in keeping with tradition the action will be hosted by Motegi twin ring circuit. Located in Tochigi and built in 97’ by Honda, this track is unusual in both layout and features, with an oval circuit and a road track overlapping each other.
Known by most as a famous circuit on the MotoGP calendar, this Honda owned track has seen more than its fair share of motorsports action over the years. Motegi has played host to both Indycar and NASCAR rounds in the past, with MotoGP, SuperGT and Super Formula still being regulars at the track.
With weather conditions unpredictable and a course length of 4.8KM set out over a fairly flat course (by Japanese standards), this course has its quirks and is sure to provide another great round of SuperGT to round out the season on a high.
“Motegi brings us to the final round of this years Super GT season and with it I’m hoping will be our next best chance to score some more good points. Motegi in 2002 saw me score my first win for Honda in their GT 500 NSX, and in GT300 with Hitotsuyama Racing just last year we fought hard for a podium position but just missed out. Twin ring Motegi wouldn’t be among my favourite tracks but I’ve had great results here in the past and the racing is always good. Brake wear is normally the critical factor with long straights into numerous tight 2nd gear corners so a delicate touch is needed and hopefully that will see us bring home a podium to round the year out in Japan.“