SUPER GT Round 1 – Okayama GT 250km Race : CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R Secures 2nd Win of the Season for Nissan

Nissan stole a march on their title rivals when the CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda and Joao Paulo Lima de Oliveira took the 2nd win of the season for them in the Okayama GT 250km Race. A quick pitstop saw Matsuda overtook the lead from the then leading KEIHIN HSV-010. While in the lead, Matsuda battled hard with the KEIHIN HSV-010, with Koudai Tsukakoshi taking over at the wheel from Toshihiro Kaneishi after the pitstop. Matsuda was defending brilliantly from the charging Tsukakoshi, until a desperate lunge from behind from the KEIHIN HSV-010 driver bumped the GT-R and sent both machines into a spin. Although Tsukakoshi recovered 1st from the spin at retook the lead, a penalty for causing a collision was enough for Matsuda to retake the lead and complete the race in 1st place. The RAYBRIG HSV-010 of Takuya Izawa and Naoki Yamamoto finished the race in 2nd place ahead of the KEIHIN HSV-010, which dropped to 3rd after the penalty.

Joao Paulo Lima de Oliveira and Tsugio Matsuda celebrate on the top step of the podium after securing the 2nd win of 2011 for Nissan.

Hiroki Yoshimoto and Kazuki Hoshino of triple a Vantage GT2 claimed Aston Martin’s first win in the GT300 Class. The pair finished ahead of pole sitter JIMGAINER DIXCEL DUNLOP 458 of Tetsuya Tanaka and Katsuyuki Hiranaka. In 3rd place was the RIRE Lamborghini RG-3 of Atsushi Yogo and Manabu Orido.

Race winner in the GT500 Class, Joao Paulo Lima de Oliveira and Tsugio Matsuda of CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R and the GT300 Class race winner Kazuki Hoshino and Hiroki Yoshimoto.

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