The #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli scored victory in the third round of the 2020 Autobacs Super GT Series at Suzuka Circuit. It’s the 21st career victory for local hero Matsuda, extending his all-time career wins record in GT500, and for Quintarelli, his 15th win – putting him one behind Satoshi Motoyama for third all-time.
In a race interrupted by three safety cars, peerless driving, opportunistic overtakes in traffic, and great pit work from the NISMO crew put Nissan upfront and on the path to victory.
The #100 Raybrig Honda NSX-GT (Naoki Yamamoto/Tadasuke Makino) represented Honda well with a 2nd-place finish, and the #36 au TOM’s Toyota GR Supra of Yuhi Sekiguchi & Sacha Fenestraz extended their points lead in 3rd, their third straight podium of the season.
GT300 class honours went to the #11 Gainer TanaX Nissan GT-R GT3 of Katsuyuki Hiranaka and Hironobu Yasuda, completing a double victory for Nissan and giving them the lead in the GT300 standings. But all of the action was behind them in the battle for the last two podium places!
Put it briefly, no less than three cars lost out on podium places in GT300 due to incidents in the final laps. So the #18 UPGarage NSX GT3 (Takashi Kobayashi/Kosuke Matsuura) went through into 2nd place, and the #2 Syntium Apple Lotus Evora MC (Hiroki Katoh/Masataka Yanagida) took 3rd place, to retain 2nd in the GT300 championship.
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Image courtesy of the GT Association (GTA)