Fuji Super GT Report – November 5
Lotterer And Wakaisaka Are The Champions, For Lexus

Former Jaguar F1 test driver, German Andre Lotterer, is the 2006 Super GT champion with his TOM'S Lexus teammate Juichi Wakisaka, after the series came to an end at Fuji Speedway today - writes Mark Cole.

The pair finished the Fuji 300 Kms in fourth place, above, but it was enough to give them the title over French Honda driver Sebastian Philippe and Japan's Shinya Hosokawa by just 1 point. Third were Ryo Michigami and Takashi Kogure, also for Honda.

Toyota Team TOM'S also took the team's title, saving face for Japan's biggest manufacturer as Honda won the final race on the Toyota-owned circuit, which will host the Japanese Grand Prix for the first time in 30 years next October.

It was another Frenchman, rookie Loic Duval, who won the race from pole, sharing his Epson Honda NSX with Hideki Mutoh. They beat Britain's Peter Dumbreck and Japan's Naoki Hattori, who had also started their Bandai Direzza Lexus from the front row, by 32.6 seconds. Third place, just 3/10ths of a second behind the Lexus, went to 2004 Le Mans winner Seiji Ara and Masataka Yanagida for Nissan.

None of the eight crews still in with a chance of the title figured up front in the qualifying or the race, weighed down by success ballast - as much as 90 kgs for Lotterer and Lyons, and 80 kgs for the Raybrig NSX of Philippe and the Zent Cerumo Lexus of Tora Takagi. Lotterer had qualified seventh, and he and Hosokawa were the biggest movers of the race, up to fourth by the end.

The GT300 title was won by the privateer Amemiya Asparadrink Mazda RX7 of Tetusya Yamano and Hirokuyi Iiri, which finished sixth at Fuji. They tied on 86 points with the Privee Zurich Mooncraft Shiden of Hiroki Katoh and Kazuho Takahashi, but the little Mazda's crew was given the title with one win and
two second places, against one win and one third for the Shiden.

Result
1 32 500-1 EPSON NSX Loic Duval / Hideki Mutoh 1:48'06.601 66 1'34.716 DL
2 35 500-2 BANDAI DIREZZA SC430 Naoki Hattori / Peter Dumbreck 0'32.657 66 1'35.419 DL 20
3 24 500-3 WOODONE ADVAN KONDO Z Masataka Yanagida / Seiji Ara 0'32.979 66 1'35.514 YH
4 36 500-4 OPEN INTERFACE TOM'S SC430 Juichi Wakisaka / Andre Lotterer 0'41.777 66 1'36.284 BS 90
5 6 500-5 Mobil 1 SC Akira Iida / Tatsuya Kataoka 0'41.952 66 1'36.445 BS 30
6 22 500-6 MOTUL AUTECH Z Michael Krumm / Richard Lyons 0'56.842 66 1'36.453 BS 90
7 18 500-7 TAKATA DOME NSX Ryo Michigami / Takashi Kogure 0'58.341 66 1'37.000 BS 30
8 3 500-8 YellowHat YMS TOMICA Z Naoki Yokomizo / J.P.Lima De Oliveira 1'04.784 66 1'35.740 BS
9 25 500-9 ECLIPSE ADVAN SUPRA Manabu Orido / Takeshi Tsuchiya 1'05.440 66 1'36.319 YH
10 66 500-10 triple a SARD SUPRA GT Andre Couto / Katsuyuki Hiranaka 1'25.568 66 1'36.958 BS
11 23 500-11 XANAVI NISMO Z Satoshi Motoyama / Tsugio Matsuda 1'32.050 66 1'37.450 BS 10
12 12 500-12 CALSONIC IMPUL Z Benoit Treluyer / Kazuki Hoshino 1'34.398 66 1'37.493 BS 60
13 100 500-13 RAYBRIG NSX Sebastien Philippe / Shinya Hosokawa 1Lap 65 1'36.652 BS 80
14 8 500-14 ARTA NSX Daisuke Ito / Ralph Firman 2Laps 64 1'36.395 BS 40
15 101 300-1 TOY STORY Racing MR-S Morio Nitta / Shinichi Takagi 1:48'53.200 61 1'44.040 MI
16 19 300-2 WedsSport Celica Koji Matsuda / Shigekazu Wakisaka 0'00.723 61 1'44.149 YH 5
17 13 300-3 ENDLESS ADVAN CCI Z Masami Kageyama / Tomonobu Fujii 0'16.467 61 1'45.056 YH 50
18 777 300-4 Ryozanpaku apr MR-S Minoru Tanaka / Kazuya Oshima 0'29.337 61 1'43.564 MI
19 88 300-5 AKTIO MURCIE RG-1 Marco Apicella / Yasutaka Hinoi 0'33.612 61 1'44.624 YH
20 7 300-6 Amemiya AsparaDrink RX7 Tetsuya Yamano / Hiroyuki Iiri 0'37.431 61 1'44.396 YH 45
21 46 300-7 Kiccho Houzan DIREZZA Z Kota Sasaki / Taku Banba 0'39.474 61 1'44.648 DL 20
22 26 300-8 CARCHS TOMO TAISAN GT3 Kazuyuki Nishizawa / Shinichi Yamaji 0'51.606 61 1'44.274 YH
23 87 300-9 TRIKE JAPAN MURCIE RG-1 Koji Yamanishi / Hisashi Wada 0'54.395 61 1'45.149 YH
24 96 300-10 EBBRO BTEC MAZIORA 350R Takuya Kurosawa / Tsubasa Kurosawa 0'55.244 61 1'44.394 DL
25 77 300-11 CUSCO SUBARU ADVAN IMPREZA Katsuo Kobayashi / Yasushi Kikuchi 1'00.041 61 1'44.924 YH
26 2 300-12 Privée Zurich Shiden Kazuho Takahashi / Hiroki Katoh 1'35.020 61 1'44.908 YH 55
27 61 300-13 enable ADVAN VEMAC320R Shogo Mitsuyama / Nobuteru Taniguchi 1'45.262 61 1'44.813 YH 85
28 62 300-14 WILLCOM ADVAN VEMAC408R Shinsuke Shibahara / Haruki Kurosawa 1Lap 60 1'44.615 YH 30
29 55 300-15 DHG ADVAN FORD GT Hidetoshi Mitsusada / Daisuke Ikeda 1Lap 60 1'44.272 YH 10
30 11 300-16 JIM CENTER FERRARI DUNLOP Tetsuya Tanaka / Takayuki Aoki 1Lap 60 1'45.032 DL 40
31 5 300-17 Proµ MACH GOGOGO SHAKEN 320R KYUSYU Tetsuji Tamanaka / Katsuhiko Tsutsui 1Lap 60 1'44.419 YH
32 910 300-18 SENZAIKAKUMEI UEMATSU & ISHIMATSU RSR Tadao Uematsu / Ryohei Sakaguchi 1Lap 60 1'45.243 YH
33 47 300-19 Kiccho Houzan DIREZZA Z Masaoki Nagashima / Hironobu Yasuda 1Lap 60 1'44.213 DL
34 14 300-20 HANKOOK ENDLESS PORSCHE Mitsuhiro Kinoshita / Kyosuke Mineo 1Lap 60 1'45.284 HK
35 52 300-21 Proµ TAIYO OIL KUMHO CELICA Hironori Takeuchi / Koki Saga 2Laps 59 1'44.891 KH 35
36 10 300-22 T&G CyberAgent DUNLOP F360 Hiromi / Naofumi Omoto 2Laps 59 1'45.743 DL
37 666 300-23 LifeWork BOMEX APPLE NSX Shogo Suho / Junichiro Yamashita 2Laps 59 1'46.753 YH
38 170 300-24 Gaishano Gaikokuya ADVAN PORSCHE Yoshimi Ishibashi / Kazuyoshi Takamizawa 3Laps 58 1'48.347 YH 10
39 111 300-25 RodeoDrive WAKO'S GT3 Hiroya Iijima / Guts Jyonai 11Laps 50 1'46.658 YH

Not Classified (GT500 : 46Laps / GT300 : 42Laps)
9 300 NOMAD ADVAN LeyJun MT OSAMU / Masaki Tanaka 32Laps 29 1'44.358 YH
110 300 TOTALBENEFIT GREENTEC BOXSTER Hideshi Matsuda / Ichijo Suga 53Laps 8 1'44.673 YH
1 500 ZENT CERUMO SC Yuji Tachikawa / Toranosuke Takagi 65Laps 1 3'11.289 BS 80

 

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