Falken Prepares For The ‘Ring
The Falken team was present at the recent unofficial JGTC test at the TI Circuit Aida, Tetsuya Tanaka driving a newly prepared Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II. For this year, it seems that Shift Racecar Engineering has made substantial changes to the car destined for the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

dailysportscar.comThe previous Nürburgring Skylines up to the 2003 car (right) were based on cars competing in the Japanese Super Taikyu League, an endurance series for modified production GTs and touring cars. According to observers at TI this new car differs visibly from a Super Taikyu machine.

The team kept the general public well away from the car but Tanaka, who has been involved in the Falken 'Ring 24 effort since 2002, remarked that "we have a brand new car, and the engine power is improved a lot. I think we can fight for the win." He and Takayuki Kinoshita will once again form the Japanese part of the driver contingent.

Nothing to do with the ‘Ring 24 Hours (except that presumably the R8 testing is partly in preparation for Le Mans, which will be held on the same weekend), Audi is also going to work, with Capello and Werner in an R8 (as well as Biela and Kristensen in a DTM A4) testing "components" in sunny Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Johannes Gauglica


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