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.
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
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.