With the season now underway for SuperGT, its time for the first of two rounds at this iconic circuit. Nestled in at the foot of mount Fuji, this track will be posing a significant challenge for Lyons and Audi Team Hitotsuyama. The racing at Fuji speedway has been hard on the R8 over the years but with the introduction of the new R8 LMS this season, things might just be looking up for the GT300 outfit.
The race will be taking place on Japans most famous holiday period, “Golden week”. Being within an easy drive to Tokyo, massive crowds in the region of 100,000 cramming the stands will be expected, and all will be expectant of a great race which as always Fuji International Speedway will provide.
“Fuji is a circuit I quite enjoy but in recent years luck has not been on our side. It’s not known to be the R8’s strongest circuit but winter testing showed that with this years car we might have found some pace. This time it’s a 500km race and changeable weather for race day so it might throw up some great racing. A podium would be great but solid points are the target”
About Richard Lyons:
Born In 1979 in Hillsbourgh Northern Ireland, Richard started on his racing career at an early age with Karting. After winning at every level of Karting from Cadet to Senior it was time to move up.
In 1996 Richard moved into the the junior ranks of Formula Junior Vauxhall in Britain. Winning the 1996 winter championship in his first season was a great result and the next three years Lyons rose the ranks.
1997 finishing third and winning the prestigious young driver of the year award. ’98 & ’99 proved to be even better years with Richard recording two consecutive second place championship finishes and also winning the young driver of the year for the second season in a row.
Although primarily Racing in Japan, Richard had brief periods between teams to compete in various other race series’ around the world. Racing for Ireland in the short lived international A-1 open wheeled series along side some of the best drivers from Indy Car and F-1 aswell as taking his skills down under to win in Australia in their V8 supercars championship, winning at the Gold Coast 600.bBut after a brief Hiatus in Japan, Richard Lyons returned as Team leader of a famous Racing house in GT300 here in Japan By the name of “Hitotsuyma Racing” a team well known for its racing history and with hopes of building a team and leaving his mark.