Pokka 1000 Kms Report – Suzuka, August 20
Nissan All The Way

The glory, glory days of the Suzuka 1000kms are long gone, the days of the international teams going head to head with their weapons of choice designed for international racing finished with the end of the 20th century.

But the race still lives on - as the blue riband event of the Super GT Championship, and as such it still attracts the factory teams, albeit with racing weapons designed purely for the domestic racing scene.
The 35th International Pokka 1000km race was round 6 of the 2006 championship and would be a head to head duel in front of 35,000 spectators between the Nissan, Lexus (Toyota) and Honda equipped GT500 squads, with the usual weird and wonderful array of GT300 machinery contesting the ‘junior’ class.

The 173 lap race saw a lights to flag victory for the polesetting #12 Calsonic Impul Nissan Fairlady Z team, its dominance of the meeting belying the fact that this was the first win of the 2006 season for the #12 team.

It was one of the team’s two French stars, Benoit Treluyer who earned the team the right to lead the race off from the start, and from the very beginning he extended his advantage.

Team mates Jeremie Dufour and Kazuki Hoshino, (son of the legendary Kazuyoshi Hoshino who manages the team), both maintained Treluyer’s hard fought lead and by the completion of the race the #12 car had lapped all but the second placed #22 Fairlady Z, piloted by the all-European driver squad of Michael Krumm, Richard Lyons and Fabio Carbone (the latter didn’t actually drive).

The final step on the podium was taken by the first of the Lexus SC430s home, Peter Dumbreck anchoring the crew of the #35 Bandai car alongside Naoki Hattori and Eiichi Tajima, the Lexus finishing just ahead of the best of the Honda NSX runners, the Loic Duval, Hideki Mutoh #32 Epson sponsored car.

The GT300 class too saw a runaway victory for the pole position car, the #52 Proµ Taiyo Oil Toyota Celica again scoring a debut race win and, significantly the first Super GT win for Kumho Tyres in only their second season of super GT competition.

Benoit Treluyer: "The car was perfect. It was almost as if all we drivers had to do was go along for the ride. The pit work was perfect too. It was just a great weekend. I want to thank the team, Nissan and the fans. I am really happy!"

Kazuki Hoshino: "Thank you, everyone! I am just so happy. But, to tell you the truth, I am the one who should have been driving at the end. It is just that the manager [his father] doesn't trust me completely yet."

Jeremie Dufour: "I feel fantastic. Actually, this is my first race of the season [being a spot entry], so it was great to win. The car was so fast we didn't have to push it at all. I am thankful that Benoit went out an got us a lead from the start. I am also grateful to everyone on the team."

Hironori Takeuchi - #52 Celica: "Yesterday was the first time we won the pole position [this season], so I still can't believe that we won today. We have been working with KUMHO Tire since last year and I have to admit that we had a lot of problems with communication and such at first. But after a year and a half of working together, we have really come to understand each other and the performance of the tires has improved a lot. It took a year and a half, but with this win I think we have finally been able to pay back KUMHO Tire for their efforts and our fans for their support."

Result
1 12 CALSONIC IMPUL Z Benoit Treluyer / Kazuki Hoshino / Jeremie Dufour 5:57'45.468 173 1'58.829
2 22 MOTUL AUTECH Z Michael Krumm / Richard Lyons / (Fabio Carbone) 1'29.148 173 2'00.059
3 35 BANDAI DIREZZA SC430 Naoki Hattori / Peter Dumbreck / Eiichi Tajima 1Lap 172 2'01.108
4 32 EPSON NSX Loic Duval / Hideki Mutoh 1Lap 172 2'00.452
5 24 WOODONE ADVAN KONDO Z Erik Comas / Masataka Yanagida / Seiji Ara 1Lap 172 1'59.352
6 8 ARTA NSX Daisuke Ito / Ralph Firman / Toshihiro Kaneishi 1Lap 172 1'59.195
7 1 ZENT CERUMO SC Yuji Tachikawa / Toranosuke Takagi / Ronnie Quintarelli 2Laps 171 2'00.905
8 3 YellowHat YMS TOMICA Z Naoki Yokomizo / J.P.Lima De Oliveira / Darren Manning 2Laps 171 2'00.136
9 100 RAYBRIG NSX Sebastien Philippe / Shinya Hosokawa 5Laps 168 1'59.246
10 36 OPEN INTERFACE TOM'S SC430 Juichi Wakisaka / Andre Lotterer / Adrian Sutil 7Laps 166 2'01.042
11 52 Proµ TAIYO OIL KUMHO CELICA Hironori Takeuchi / Koki Saga / Keita Sawa 6:00'02.344 160 2'09.629
12 27 direxiv ADVAN 320R Shogo Mitsuyama / Nobuteru Taniguchi 1Lap 159 2'10.609
13 101 TOY STORY Racing MR-S Morio Nitta / Shinichi Takagi 1Lap 159 2'11.172
14 7 Amemiya AsparaDrink RX7 Tetsuya Yamano / Hiroyuki IiriShinichi Yamaji 2Laps 158 2'11.111
15 2 Privée Zurich Shiden Kazuho Takahashi / Hiroki Katoh / Hiroki Yoshimoto 2Laps 158 2'10.979
16 47 Kiccho Houzan DIREZZA Z Masaoki Nagashima / Hironobu Yasuda 2Laps 158 2'09.786
17 62 WILLCOM ADVAN VEMAC408R Shinsuke Shibahara / Haruki Kurosawa 2Laps 158 2'10.874
18 46 Kiccho Houzan DIREZZA Z Kota Sasaki / Taku Banba 3Laps 157 2'11.169
19 11 JIM CENTER FERRARI DUNLOP Tetsuya Tanaka / Takayuki Aoki 3Laps 157 2'11.082
20 110 TOTALBENEFIT GREENTEC BOXSTER Hideshi MatsudaIchijo Suga / Takaya Tsubobayashi 4Laps 156 2'12.908
21 70 Gaishano Gaikokuya ADVAN PORSCHE Yoshimi IshibashiIsao Ihashi / Yutaka Yamagishi 6Laps 154 2'12.363
22 910 SENZAIKAKUMEI TEAM UEMATSU & ISHIMATSU RSR Tadao Uematsu / Yasushi KikuchiRyohei Sakaguchi 7Laps 153 2'13.058
23 9 NOMAD ADVAN LeyJun MT OSAMUMasaki Tanaka 7Laps 153 2'12.835
24 777 Ryozanpaku apr MR-S Minoru TanakaKazuya Oshima / Keiichi Kobayashi 8Laps 152 2'11.387
25 66 triple a SARD SUPRA GT Andre Couto / Katsuyuki Hiranaka / Soheil Ayari 30Laps 143 2'00.467
26 111 RodeoDrive WAKO'S GT3 Hiroya Iijima / Guts Jyonai / Takeshi Namekawa 18Laps 142 2'15.798
27 13 ENDLESS ADVAN CCI Z Masami Kageyama / Tomonobu Fujii 27Laps 133 2'10.672
28 87 TRIKE JAPAN MURCIE RG-1 Koji Yamanishi / Hisashi Wada / Atsushi Yogo 40Laps 120 2'10.559
29 5 Proµ MACH GOGOGO SHAKEN 320R KYUSYU Tetsuji Tamanaka / Katsuhiko TsutsuiAkira Watanabe 42Laps 118 2'10.233
30 19 WedsSport Celica Koji Matsuda / Shigekazu Wakisaka 45Laps 115 2'08.824
14 HANKOOK ENDLESS PORSCHE Mitsuhiro Kinoshita / Kyosuke MineoSunako Jyukuchou 54Laps 106 2'11.216
25 ECLIPSE ADVAN SUPRA Manabu Orido / Takeshi Tsuchiya / Hideki Noda 83Laps 90 1'59.006
88 AKTIO MURCIE RG-1 Marco Apicella / Yasutaka Hinoi / Naohiro Furuya 84Laps 76 2'10.978
55 DHG ADVAN FORD GT Hidetoshi Mitsusada / Daisuke Ikeda / Hiroaki Ishiura 130Laps 30 2'11.322
6 Mobil 1 SC Akira IidaTatsuya Kataoka / Bjorn Wirdheim 149Laps 24 1'59.996
18 TAKATA DOME NSX Ryo Michigami / Takashi Kogure / Katsutomo Kaneishi 152Laps 21 1'59.769
10 T&G CyberAgent DUNLOP F360 HiromiNaofumi Omoto / Eiji Yamada 153Laps 7 2'11.313
96 EBBRO BTEC MAZIORA 350R Takuya Kurosawa / Tsubasa Kurosawa 158Laps 2 2'39.184
23 XANAVI NISMO Z Satoshi MotoyamaTsugio MatsudaYuji Ide excluded

 

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