Super GT 2008 – The Year of the GT-R

2008 was the year that the GT-R announced its arrival on the Super GT Series. Honda had dominated the series with the NSX in 2007, securing the top 4 spot in the drivers championship and the ARTA NSX finishing top in the teams championship. It’s about time for Nissan to react, so they decided to retire the 350Z and replace it with the GT-R.

The MOTUL AUTECH GT-R led the pack into Turn 1 at the Sepang International Circuit

The GT-R immediately took the series by storm, finishing a 1-2 in the 1st two races of the season. This set the tone for the rest of the season, as the GT-R clearly dominated the series with 7 wins out of 9 races, winning 2 races more than Honda managed to do in 2007.

The WOODONE ADVAN Clarion GT-R en route to victory at Sepang (above)

Hasemi Motorsport’s YellowHat YMS TOMICA GT-R is the only GT-R that ran in yellow livery in 2008. In 2009, they changed to a red livery, making the car’s appearance in yellow in 2008 as a one-off.

The houzan KRAFT SC430 (above) and the ECLIPSE ADVAN SC430 (below)

Interestingly, when Lexus introduced the SC430 in 2006, they won the drivers championship with Andre Lottere and Junichi Wakisaka.

2 years later, it was Nissan’s turn when the GT-R won the drivers championship on their debut with Satoshi Motoyama and Benoit Treluyer piloting the Xanavi Nismo GT-R (red, above). 2 years on, will the trend continue? Honda debuted the HSV-010 at Suzuka last week and while the car is clearly very fast by taking pole, the way the race unfolded disguised its true potential. Although it is still too early to tell if Honda can emulate Lexus and Nissan, one can say that the pattern is clearly there. 2006, Lexus SC430. 2008, Nissan GT-R. 2010, Honda HSV-010?

The HSV-010 made its debut at Suzuka

HSV-010 Photo : supergt.net

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