Fuji Speedway, September 8: After setting the pace in the early stages of the FUJI GT 300km RACE, the #38 ZENT Cerumo SC430 fought back to take a commanding victory after 66 laps around the track situated at the base of Japan's most enduring symbol.
A burst tyre for the Dunlop-shod EPSON HSV-010 GT brought out the Safety Car during the early stages, and with it, the choice by a majority of teams to make earlier-than-planned pit stops, resulting in the #24 D'station Nissan GT-R leading until two-thirds distance. When it finally made its stop on lap 43 (of 66) the ZENT Cerumo SC430 sped past it and the #17 KEIHIN HSV, which had been on the tail of the erstwhile leaders. It was a decisive point in the race, with the striking red machine cruising to victory ahead of the Honda, while the #37 KeePer TOM'S SC430 took third.
Ominously dark clouds started spitting their contents at roughly half distance, sufficiently greasing up the track surface to keep the protagonists honest - with a few 'moments' adding to the thrills in an already exciting race.
The GT300 podium saw the #4 GSR Hatsune Miku BMW Z4 GT3 on the centre step - much welcomed by the team after their disqualification from second place in Round 5 at Suzuka Circuit. There was also a return to form for the apr-entered PRIUS GT, which took second. Relieved to be back on the podium was the #86 Crystal Croco Lamborghini, rebuilt after a spectacular fire last time out at Suzuka.
The next round of SUPER GT takes place in three weeks' time at Autopolis, and as the penultimate round of the season, will play a critical role in the outcome of both the Driver's and Teams' championships.