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It was the first time for me back at the Nordschleife since the GT-R Nismo project and time attack last year. So I was very much looking forward to this weekend in the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car. We were supposed to practice on Friday afternoon and make the shakedown of our brand new car, but unfortunately a big accident happened and the session was stopped very soon.

Also at qualifying on Saturday morning there was a red flag and running was cut short. This lead us of only being able to qualify at P34.

I took the start and learned the car during the first few laps as I have only done a kind of installation lap before I took the start. That was a very difficult undertaking with everyone around at full racing mode and battling around me like mad. I tried to stay clear of all battling and worked my way up lowly until P18 or so. We then had problems at the pit stop and that threw us all the way back the order, not the teams mistakes, but a misunderstanding of the organisers. After me Tetsuya Tanaka drove, then Kazuki and after that Chiyo kun was supposed to do the last stint, but again a red flag ended the race early and Chiyo couldn’t drive at all. We ended up P24 I think.

At least we got some running in the race and know now what we need to change to improve the car’s speed. I am confident that we will bring the car up to the front group for the 24h race next month. I am very much looking forward to that race.



昨年のGT-R Nismoプロジェクトとタイムアタック以来の今季初の北コースでした。なので、Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3での今週末をとても楽しみにしていました。僕たちは金曜の午後に練習をして、新車の調整をする予定でしたが、残念ながら大きなアクシデントがあり、セッションはとても早く中止になってしまいました。土曜の朝の予選でもまた赤旗があり、走行は短縮されました。こうしたことから予選では34位に甘んじました。




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