BRZ GT300 wins 5th place in 2013 Super GT Rd.1
The 2013 SUPER GT series have started quite good for team R&D Sport / STI. The car has been improved greatly from last year and results should come better, but the team is different from other teams as the Subaru BRZ GT300 is the only team equipped with Michelin tires. As the driver Tetsuya Yamano explained to Tune86 before the race weekend, the tires are good for short run like practice and qualifying, but in the long run they start to absorb rubber pickups from the track. During practice sessions in Okayama the BRZ team got the 3rd best time. In April on the qualifying day the first qualifying session was not so successful, but when the rain became so heavy it was hard to see there was a big surprise to everyone - Kota Sasaki set the best lap time of GT300 class - more than a full second ahead of the competition! This set the Subaru BRZ to pole position in the race on the following day.
On the Okayama Super GT race day the track was dry and also very cold. T.Yamano started the race from first position but on the first lap got hit by "S Road NDDP GT-R" (see video below). Eventually it became even harder to keep up and Yamano dropped to 4th position. When finally drove in for pit stop BRZ team was set back to 10th position. With fresh tires and other drivers taking pit stops Kouta Sasaki crawled up to fifth place and kept this place till finish. While the team still haven't had a podium finish since the release of BRZ, this result gives good self confidence to the team and insights of what to improve in the new car.
We will follow through the season and wish the STI / R&D Sport team all the best in the second round of 2013 Super GT series - it is just around the corner on 29th to 30th of April in the great Fuji International Circuit!
Please enjoy the full video recap of BRZ team at round 1 in Okayama:
More photos from the race: