Super GT 2010 Round 4 at Sepang – Qualifying : CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R Secures Pole Position

The qualifying for the SUPER GT INTERNATIONAL SERIES IN MALAYSIA, Round 4 of the 2010 AUTOBACS SUPER GT series, was held at the Sepang International Circuit (lap : 5.542 km) in Malaysia on June 19. In the CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R, Tsugio Matsuda won the GT500 class pole position. With this, the CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R with drivers Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli will start from the front position on the first row in the race on the 20th.

This year marks the tenth time The Sepang Circuit in Malaysia is hosting a SUPER GT race. In this memorable 10th event, Tsugio Matsuda, driving the CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R as the second to last runner in the Super Lap qualifying (run one machine at a time by the fastest 8 qualifiers from the first session to determine the starting grid for the race), recorded a lap time of 1 min. 57.409 sec. to take the tentative lead. The last runner in the Super Lap was Daisuke Ito in the ENEOS machine, who had qualified fastest in the first session. But he was unable to match Matsuda’s time, and thus gave Matsuda his first-ever SUPER GT Pole Position.

In the first qualifying session, Matsuda had fallen just 0.137 sec. short of Ito’s lap time, but in the Super Lap he ran with practically no mistakes at all to score a magnificent come-from-behind PP. This is the first PP for a Nissan GT-R this season. For TEAM IMPUL, it is their first PP since the final round in the 2007 season at Fuji Speedway.

In the GT300 class, the JIMGAINER DIXCEL DUNLOP F430 driven by Tetsuya Tanaka was the fastest qualifier with a lap time of 2 min. 9.167 sec.

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