Race
SUPER GT 2022
Round 4

ARTA NSX-GT finishes 5th

jp Fuji Speedway

After a 2-month interval from the previous round, the 4th round of the 2022 SUPER GT series was held at Fuji Speedway (Shizuoka Pref.) on August 6 (Sat) -7 (Sun), in which five NSX-GTs and two NSX-GT3s participated in the GT500 and GT300 class respectively.

ARTA NSX-GT finishes 5th

The very 4th round is to be fought in 450km-race distance, a 1.5 times longer than the usual rounds.

The brutal heat wave that had hit Kanto Region for a last few weeks was mercifully gone somewhere, and the race weekend at Fuji Speedway saw the cloudy sky further alleviating the ambient temperature up to 22 ℃, exceptionally low for a day in the mid-August. The entire runners tackled qualifying sessions with their tires carefully pre-warmed, however, NSX-GTs’ lap times equally remained low presumably because of success weights. Only #8 ARTA NSX GT driven by Nirei Fukuzumi made it for Q2, and Tomoki Nojiri taking over the car managed to get the 5th grid, the fastest entrant in the Honda camp.

On Sunday, the weather got slightly better, and the sun occasionally appeared from behind clouds by the early afternoon. A passing shower just before the start time caused no trouble, and the 450km-long race longer than usual distance was kicked off under the complete dry condition.

#8 ARTA NSX-GT (Fukuzumi) left from 5th grid, kept the position and soon brought it up to 4th when #38 ZENT CERUMO GR Supra fallen back by a penalty on 5th lap. Though Fukuzumi yielded the 4th position to #12 CALSONIC IMPUL Z, he later overtook #19 WedsSport ADVAN GR Supra, the pole sitter of the race albeit a bit slow in the race, and got the 4th place back into his hands again. Fukuzumi maintained his position till 37th lap, and came in to hand over the car to Nojiri as well as for a new set of tires and refueling.

Nojiri now in charge steadily kept his position, i. e., virtual 4th, and drove into the later half of the race, when #36 au TOM’S GR Supra catching up from behind sat on his tail, and Nojiri, running out of options after nose to tail battles for a few laps, finally surrendered his place and submitted to 5th  all over again.

Nojiri sustained his position thereafter, made a stop on 71st lap, but continued his stint with just refueling and tire change, and rejoined the track keeping the original 5th place.

#39 DENSO KOBELCO SARD GR Supra running at the apparent top thanks to the late-stop strategy made its stop on 80th lap, chose the “Splash & Go” (refueling only, no driver/tire change) tactic, and successfully returned in front of Nojiri. Once outdone by #39 Supra, Nojiri was shrewd enough to cling its tail and overtook it at Turn-1 on 83rd lap resuming the 5th place.

Nojiri further pulled away #39 Supra, securing 5th position, and completed the 99-lap race in the same order. #100 STANLEY NSX-GT (Naoki Yamamoto/Tadasuke Makino) and #17 Astemo NSX-GT (Koudai Tsukakoshi/Nobuharu Matsushita) finished within point-scoring placings, 8th and 10th respectively. Current point standings right at the turnaround mark of the season are; #100 car ranked 5th, 23-points behind from the point leader, and #8 car sitting on 7th, 2-points further behind #100 car.

In the GT300 class, #18 UPGARAGE NSX GT3 (Takashi Kobayashi/Kakunoshin Ohta) starting from 5th grid finished 3rd, and made their 2nd podium finish in the season. With this strenuous efforts, the GT300 duo now climbing up to 3rd overall will face the second half of the series.


Masahiro Saiki
Masahiro Saiki
HRC SGT Large Project Leader
The results of qualifying sessions were fair enough considering each success weight. The temperature was unexpectedly low and I thought, “Tires wouldn’t match the road surface temperature.” But, they functioned rather well. We could make all five cars finish the 450km-long race without major problem. But, we couldn’t make the best use of tires when it came to fighting against top-4 runners, and we ended up 5th place by #8 car, the best finisher among five. Anyway, we’ve been able to accumulate points in all four rounds from the start, and were left not very much far behind the other top rankers. We’ll further improve our cars for the later half of the season while checking various set ups, the internal pressure of tires and so force. 

Tomoki NOJIRI
Tomoki NOJIRI 8
ARTA
I run with minimum downforce in qualifying sessions in order to gain straight speed as much as possible. But in the race, we went so-called counterintuitive thinking; rather than pursuing the straight speed, we preferred to add more downforce, which was our own way of maintaining the race pace. I think such a set up paid off and we could finish the race in the same position we started. If I dwelled too much on straight speed, I’d probably overuse my tires and dropped down, maybe.

Nirei FUKUZUMI
Nirei FUKUZUMI 8
ARTA
When we started running for the weekend, our performance was not fairly high, however, the team did fantastic job to set up the car before qualifying session so that we could proceed to Q2. I felt the performance level of the car would be good for 2nd or 3rd place, but we missed it by a narrow margin. In the race, we choose the setting that should be practically strong in the battle, and it worked fine till the end. The weekend was not too bad, all in all. I think we’ve been doing OK in a last few races. We’ll do our best also in the next race.

GT500 Race Result

Pos. Num. Machine Driver Time/Gap
1 37 KeePer TOM'S GR Supra Sacha Fenestraz/
Ritomo Miyata
2:34'24.270
2 12 CALSONIC IMPUL Z Kazuki Hiramine/
Bertrand Baguette
+7.542
3 24 Realize corporation ADVAN Z Daiki Sasaki/
Kohei Hirate
+12.863
4 36 au TOM'S GR Supra Sho Tsuboi
Giuliano Alesi
+15.822
5 8 ARTA NSX-GT Tomoki Nojiri
Nirei Fukuzumi
+41.978
6 39 DENSO KOBELCO SARD GR Supra Yuhi Sekiguchi
Yuichi Nakayama
+45.334
8 100 STANLEY NSX-GT Naoki Yamamoto
Tadasuke Makino
+1'08.814
10 17 Astemo NSX-GT Koudai Tsukakoshi
Nobuharu Matsushita
+1Lap
11 64 Modulo NSX-GT Takuya Izawa
Hiroki Otsu
+1Lap
13 16 Red Bull MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT Ukyo Sasahara
Toshiki Oyu
+1Lap

GT300 Race Result

Pos. Num. Machine Driver Time/Gap
1 61 SUBARU BRZ R&D SPORT Takuto Iguchi
Hideki Yamauchi
2:35'41.213
2 11 GAINER TANAX GT-R Hironobu Yasuda
Keishi Ishikawa
+5.959
3 18 UPGARAGE NSX GT3 Takashi Kobayashi
Kakunoshin Ohta
+17.520
4 60 Syntium LMcorsa GR Supra GT Hiroki Yoshimoto
Shunsuke Kohno
+1Lap
5 96 K-tunes RC F GT3 Morio Nitta
Shinichi Takagi
+1Lap
6 56 REALIZE NISSAN MECHANIC CHALLENGE GT-R Kiyoto Fujinami
Joao Paulo de Oliveira
+1Lap
  55 ARTA NSX GT3 Hideki Mutoh
Iori Kimura
+48Laps

GT500 Standing

Pos. Num. Driver Machine Pts
1 37 Sacha Fenestraz
Ritomo Miyata
KeePer TOM'S GR Supra 31
2 14 Kazuya Oshima
Kenta Yamashita
ENEOS X PRIME GR Supra 30
3 3 Katsumasa Chiyo
Mitsunori Takaboshi
CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL Z 26
4 12 Kazuki Hiramine
Bertrand Baguette
CALSONIC IMPUL Z 24.5
5 100 Naoki Yamamoto
Tadasuke Makino
STANLEY NSX-GT 23
6 36 Sho Tsuboi
Giuliano Alesi
au TOM'S GR Supra 21.5
7 8 Tomoki Nojiri
Nirei Fukuzumi
ARTA NSX-GT 21
8 17 Koudai Tsukakoshi
Nobuharu Matsushita
Astemo NSX-GT 19
14 16 Ukyo Sasahara
Toshiki Oyu
Red Bull MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT 0.5

GT300 Standing

Pos. Num. Driver Machine Pts
1 56 Kiyoto Fujinami
Joao Paulo de Oliveira
REALIZE NISSAN MECHANIC CHALLENGE GT-R 38
2 61 Takuto Iguchi
Hideki Yamauchi
SUBARU BRZ R&D SPORT 29.5
3 18 Takashi Kobayashi
Kakunoshin Ohta
UPGARAGE NSX GT3 26
4 7 Seiji Ara
Tsubasa Kondo
Studie BMW M4 21
5 11 Hironobu Yasuda
Keishi Ishikawa
GAINER TANAX GT-R 20
6 10 Ryuichiro Tomita
Riki Okusa
TANAX GAINER GT-R 15
24 55 Hideki Mutoh
Iori Kimura
ARTA NSX GT3 1


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