Sportsland SUGO, July 27: Qualifying for Round 4 of SUPER GT, the 300-km event at Sportsland SUGO, was shrouded in thick fog as unseasonally cool weather kept temperatures down and visibility near nil at the track located on the outskirts of Sendai. With the morning's free practice session stopped no fewer than three times due to the inclement conditions, qualifying was never going to be easy for the competitors as they battled for grid positions.
In the end it was the #1 REITO MOLA GT-R that took the spoils in the GT500 class, veteran Satoshi Motoyama setting a new lap record on his way to pole position. He was followed by the Denso Kobelco Lexus SC430 in second, with the Weider Modulo HSV-010 GT lining up third.
In GT300, it was an all JAF GT affair, with the R&D Sport SUBARU BRZ topping the timesheets for the third time this season, and the pair of Honda CR-Z filling up the next two spots on the grid, showing just how potent these machines have become since the first example's racing debut at this very track exactly one year ago.