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Last-To-First Victory For NISMO At Suzuka, Short Report

Audi Team Hitotsuyama wins in GT300

The #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli won its second race of the 2020 Autobacs Super GT Series this Sunday at Suzuka Circuit.

After starting 15th following a scary crash for Matsuda in qualifying, the Motul GT-R rocketed to the front of the field after making its pit stop just before a Safety Car was brought out on Lap 23. Matsuda then held off the #12 Calsonic Impul GT-R of Kazuki Hiramine during his closing stint.

It’s the 22nd career victory in GT500 for Matsuda, extending his record for premier class wins. For Quintarelli, the victory is his 16th, bringing him into a tie for third on the all-time list with Nissan racing legend Satoshi Motoyama.

After a long battle for second place in the closing laps, Hiramine and Daiki Sasaki finished 2nd, holding off the #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT of Tomoki Nojiri and Nirei Fukuzumi in 3rd. This is the first 1-2 finish for Nissan in GT500 since the 2015 Autopolis round, Impul’s first podium since the 2019 Okayama round, and a second consecutive podium for ARTA.

In the GT300 class, Audi Team Hitotsuyama scored their first victory in nearly four years – since the penultimate round of the 2016 season at Twin Ring Motegi – as Shintaro Kawabata and Tsubasa Kondo scored their first career Super GT victories in the #21 Hitotsuyama R8 LMS GT3.

The #6 Advics muta Toyota MC86 of Ryohei Sakaguchi & Kazuto Kotaka held on to finish 2nd, ahead of the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Nobuteru Taniguchi & Tatsuya Kataoka, in 3rd, both teams scoring their first podiums of the season.

This post will be updated later today. All results are provisional as of time of publication.

Feature image courtesy of the GT Association (GTA).