Super GT Round 3 – Fuji, May 5
Dumbreck & Hattori For Lexus, On Dunlops
15 GT500 machines and 26 GT300s (including the race
debut of the Ford GT) formed the grid for round 3 of the 2006 Super
GT championship on May 5 – over 500 Km rather than the regular
pulled into the pits after the formation lap with alternator problems
in the #66 triple Toyota Supra, but the rest took up their allotted
start slots behind the pole sitting #1 Zent Cerumo Lexus SC 430,
with Yuji Tachikawa taking the opening stint.
The pole position car was the first major runner
to hit trouble, two stops in quick succession for a problem with
the braking system. Taking the lead of the race as a result was
Peter Dumbreck in another Lexus, this time the #35 Bandai Direzza
car, ahead of Andre Lotterer in the #36 Lexus and Loic Duval aboard
the #32 Epson Nakajima Honda NSX.
Erik Comas in the #24 Nissan Fairlady and Akira
Iida in the #6 Mobil 1 Lexus SC were fast working their way up through
the pack from 12th and 14th on the grid respectively - up to 4th
and 5th positions in the very early stages.
Lap 16 and at
the first turn Comas passed Duval for 3rd slot with the Iida Lexus
also blowing by Duval, but taking 10 further laps to do so. Iida
chose to pit first of the frontrunners, on lap 30, followed by the
#36 car at the end of lap 32, with #6 following on lap 38.
from the lead on lap 39 to hand the Bandai Lexus over to Naoki Hattori.
Lotterer meanwhile had remained aboard the #36 car at the first
stop and the time saved had enabled him to take the lead. The order
then after the first pit sequence was #36 (Lotterer), #35 (Hattori)
and #6 (Tatsuya Kataoka).
There was heartbreak meanwhile for the #24 crew:
all of Comas’ hard work came undone after the car’s
front right wheel was found not to be properly mounted at the pit
stop, a second stop (and a hefty chunk of time) was required to
put that right.
Up front the gap was narrowing, Hattori closing
to within 0.3 sec of Lotterer by the end of lap 60. Lotterer was
under pressure and it showed. Lap 67 and with the #36 car lapping
a backmarker at Panasonic corner, there was contact and Lotterer
was forced to return to the pit with a burst left rear tire. The
team took the opportunity to change drivers, with Juichi Wakisaka
The other leading cars were soon following #36 down
the pit lane for the second pit stop cycle.
at the wheel of the #35 car after pitting on lap 72. Kataoka then
took the lead in the #6 car before pitting to hand back to Iida
on lap 75.
#35 was now the effective leader, followed by #36,with
the #6 car a little further back.
The woes for the #36 car though weren’t over,
with a drive-through penalty for a pit work violation. That allowed
the #6 to close the gap and finally grab second spot on lap 101.
This put the three SC430 machines in the top three positions overall.
It wouldn’t stay like that however, with a 35-second penalty
assessed on the #36 car on the very last lap, when the stewards
decided that its collision on lap 67 had been the result of a dangerous
moved the #23 Xanavi Nismo Nissan Fairlady Z (Satoshi Motoyama /
Tsugio Matsuda) into third place after a fine run working its way
up through the field, having been forced to start from the back
of the grid owing to an engine change following trouble in the morning
The win for the #35 Lexus SC430 marked the first
win for Hattori since the last round of the 1996 season at Mine.
It was also the first victory for a car running on Dunlop tires
since the last round of the 1997 season at Suzuka.
With an appeal filed by the #36 squad against the
35 second penalty that cost the team a podium finish, the result
In the GT300 class there was a pair of early setbacks
for the polesitting #2Priv_e Zurich APPLE Shiden driven by Kazuho
Takahashi, first suffering a collision with the #110 Totalbenefit
Greentec Porsche Boxster and then losing ground with a drive-through
penalty, for starting the race on the incorrect set of tyres.
All of this handed the lead of the class to the
#26 Taisan Porsche driven by Shinichi Yamaji, with Mitsuhiro Kinoshita
following in second position in the #14 Porsche.
When the #26 car changed drivers to Kazuyuki Nishizawa
at the first pit stop, however the Taisan car began to lose ground.
Next in (from the lead) was the #14 911. But, again, after changing
drivers to Kyosuke Mineo, it also lost ground and was eventually
passed on lap 65 by the #46 Kiccho Houzan Direzza Nissan Fairlady
Z (Kota Sasaki / Taku Bamba).
Running in the class lead on lap 69 however, #46
collided with #7 Amemiya Asparadrink Mazda RX7(Tetsuya Yamano /
Hiroyuki Iiri). Meanwhile, the #62 Willcom Advan Vemac 408R (Shinsuke
Shibahara / Hiroyuki Yagi), which had pitted on a different strategy
from other front runners, was able to take the lead. Another car
profiting from a different pit strategy (stopping just once) was
the #101 Toy Story Racing Toyota MR-S (Morio Nitta / Shinichi Takagi)
now up into second position.
Following in third was #11 Ferrari (Tetsuya Tanaka
/ Takayuki Aoki), but gear linkage trouble in the late stages of
the race forced an unexpected pit stop that allowed the #14 Porsche
to reclaim the place.
Victory then went to the #62 Vemac (Shinsuke Shibahara
/ Hiroyuki Yagi). Second went to the #101 Toyota MR-S (Morio Nitta
/ Shinichi Takagi) and third to the #14 Porsche (Mitsuhiro Kinoshita
/ Kyosuke Mineo). Hankook tires, as used by the #14 car, are in
their first year of GT competition, and this result gave them a
podium finish in only their third GT race.
1 35 500-1 BANDAI DIREZZA SC430 Naoki Hattori / Peter Dumbreck 3:02'12.445
110 1'35.970 DL
2 6 500-2 Mobil 1 SC Akira Iida / Tatsuya Kataoka
0'05.285 110 1'36.628 BS
3 23 500-3 XANAVI NISMO Z Satoshi Motoyama / Tsugio
Matsuda 0'30.964 110 1'36.668 BS 10
4 12 500-4 CALSONIC IMPUL Z Benoit Treluyer / Kazuki
Hoshino 0'33.164 110 1'37.064 BS
5 25 500-5 ECLIPSE ADVAN SUPRA Manabu Orido / Takeshi
Tsuchiya 0'40.447 110 1'36.879 YH
6 32 500-6 EPSON NSX Loic Duval / Hideki Mutoh
0'44.267 110 1'36.527 DL
7 8 500-7 ARTA NSX Daisuke Ito / Ralph Firman 0'54.667
110 1'36.917 BS 20
8 36 500-8 OPEN INTERFACE TOM'S SC430 Juichi Wakisaka /
Andre Lotterer 0'55.436 110 1'36.755 BS 40
9 22 500-9 MOTUL AUTECH Z Michael Krumm / Sakon
Yamamoto 1'13.803 110 1'36.992 BS 30
10 24 500-10 WOODONE ADVAN KONDO Z Erik Comas / Masataka
Yanagida 1Lap 109 1'35.641 YH
11 66 500-11 triple a SARD SUPRA GT Andre Couto / Katsuyuki
Hiranaka 3Laps 107 1'35.583 BS
12 3 500-12 YellowHat YMS TOMICA Z Naoki Yokomizo / J.P.Lima
De Oliveira 5Laps 105 1'36.743 BS 30
13 62 300-1 WILLCOM ADVAN VEMAC408R Shinsuke Shibahara /
Hiroyuki Yagi 3:03'09.143 102 1'44.761 YH
14 101 300-2 TOY STORY Racing MR-S Morio Nitta / Shinichi
Takagi 0'18.930 102 1'45.351 MI
15 14 300-3 HANKOOK ENDLESS PORSCHE Mitsuhiro Kinoshita
/ Kyosuke Mineo 0'22.435 102 1'44.646 HK
16 2 300-4 Privée Zurich Apple Shiden Kazuho Takahashi
/ Hiroki Katoh 0'25.048 102 1'44.479 YH
17 87 300-5 TRIKE JAPAN MURCIE RG-1 Koji Yamanishi / WADA-Q
0'30.715 102 1'44.166 YH 5
18 46 300-6 Kiccho Houzan DIREZZA Z Kota Sasaki / Taku
Banba 0'32.018 102 1'44.431 DL 30
19 26 300-7 TOMO TAISAN ENDLESS GT3R Shinichi Yamaji / Kazuyuki
Nishizawa 0'43.151 102 1'44.806 YH
20 110 300-8 TOTALBENEFIT GREENTEC BOXSTER Hideshi MatsudaIchijo
Suga 0'43.917 102 1'43.878 YH 20
21 777 300-9 Ryozanpaku apr MR-S Minoru Tanaka / Kazuya
Oshima 1Lap 101 1'44.995 MI
22 55 300-10 DHG ADVAN FORD GT Hidetoshi Mitsusada / Daisuke
Ikeda 1Lap 101 1'45.352 YH
23 7 300-11 Amemiya AsparaDrink RX7 Tetsuya Yamano / Hiroyuki
Iiri 1Lap 101 1'45.004 YH 5
24 52 300-12 Proµ TAIYO OIL KUMHO CELICA Hironori Takeuchi
/ Koki Saga 1Lap 101 1'44.691 KH
25 13 300-13 ENDLESS ADVAN CCI Z Masami Kageyama / Tomonobu
Fujii 2Laps 100 1'43.478 YH 25
26 47 300-14 Kiccho Houzan DIREZZA Z Masaoki Nagashima /
Hironobu Yasuda 3Laps 99 1'45.592 DL
27 96 300-15 EBBRO BTEC MAZIORA 350R Takuya Kurosawa / Tsubasa
Kurosawa 3Laps 99 1'44.927 DL
28 111 300-16 RodeoDrive WAKO'S GT3 Hiroya Iijima / Guts
Jyonai 6Laps 96 1'46.488 YH
29 19 300-17 WedsSport Celica Koji Matsuda / Shigekazu
Wakisaka 9Laps 93 1'45.061 YH
30 27 300-18 direxiv ADVAN 320R Shogo Mitsuyama / Nobuteru
Taniguchi 12Laps 90 1'43.585 YH 50
31 11 300-19 JIM CENTER FERRARI DUNLOP Tetsuya Tanaka /
Takayuki Aoki 15Laps 87 1'44.629 DL 20
32 70 300-20 Gaishano Gaikokuya ADVAN PORSCHE Yoshimi Ishibashi
/ Akira Hirakawa 17Laps 85 1'47.239 YH
33 666 300-21 LifeWork BOMEX APPLE NSX Shogo Suho / Junichiro
Yamashita 19Laps 83 1'48.500 YH