Super GT Round 3 in Sepang International Circuit completed with car No. 1, Honda HSV driven by Takashi Kogure and Loic Duval from Weider crossing the chequered flag in first place for GT500 class.
GT300 was won by the colorful BMW Z4 from team Hatsunemiku Goodsmile BMW, by Nobuteru Taniguchi and Taku Bamba.
Both wins were the first for both teams and drivers for this year after three rounds of competition in this 9 round race series, in which Malaysia is the only one round held outside Japan. In the GT500 category, after taking pole position, the Honda HSV of Weider took no chance and sprinted, creating a huge gap between second place car of S Road MOLA GT-R .
The winning GT500 car.
The F1 like screaming car of the Honda HSV led from start to finish, prompting the first ever race win for last year’s Super GT GT500 series champion, after the team endured a weak start in the first two rounds this year. Second place was taken by the Nissan GTR of No 46 S Road MOLA while No. 17 KEIHIN Honda HSV-010 took the final podium position. Petronas’s TOM Lexus SC430 managed a 6th finish after starting from 11th. The win brought the Weider team to third position in GT500 points standing, which it is led by the Nismo Nissan GTR team.
Petronas’s TOM Lexus SC430. Credits to Dennis Lhy.
As for GT300, the BMW team scored their first victory of the season in style as they lead the race from start to finish, after starting the race on pole position. Consistency, speed and determination from the BMW means the Lamborghinis and Ferraris in the GT300 class stand no chance against the BMW Z4. Solid three podiums from the BMW team has bought them into 2nd placing on the overall GT300 standings, just behind Jim Gainer’s Ferrari 458.
GT300 winner, BMW Z4 with “Itasha” liveries!
Overall, 35,000 spectactors braved the heat of Sepang to witness one of the world most exciting Super GT races. JPM Motorsports did satisfactorily on their entire first year putting together the Super GT by themselves, but they need to strive harder and better for the future Super GTs in Malaysia.
Credits and special thanks to Woay Chee for the brilliant images taken in race day. Our feature on GT Queens will be out in future post!