[Audi Japan Co., Ltd.] SUPER GT Round 7 Yayoi, Audi R8 LMS won 7th place
Audi Japan Co., Ltd. Audi R8 LMS finished 7th in SUPER GT Round 7 …………………………………………………………………………………………… Audi Team Hitotsuyama finishes 7th from the 22nd place in the qualifying, showing a phenomenal jump Audi Japan Co., Ltd. (Head office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, President: Philippe Noac) is supporting the customer (private) team participating in the SUPER GT GT300 class in the 2019 season with Audi R8 LMS. On September 21 (Saturday) and September 22 (Sunday), the SUGO GT 300km RACE, the seventh round of the 2019 SUPER GT, was held at Sportsland Mibu (Miyagi Prefecture, 1 lap 3,704m). [Image
Audi Japan Press Center: https://www.audi-press.jp/ # 21 Audi Team Hitotsuyama, who has the new Audi R8 LMS, also participated in this tournament in a combination of regular drivers Richard Ryan and Ryuichiro Tomita. Under the influence of Typhoon No. 17, the weather was cloudy while there was concern about rain, and the official qualifying was held in dry conditions. Sportsland Mibu has a short course and a narrow width, so the GT300 class official qualifiers with many races will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B, and the top 8 out of 14 will advance to Q2 . # 21 Audi Team Hitotsuyama was in Group B and Richard Ryan was attacking, but the tire and temperature did not match, resulting in 11th place in Group B qualifying and 22nd place in the GT300 class overall. On the day of the race, it started to rain just before 2pm, the start of the race. Each team was struggling to choose dry or wet tires at this point. The race started after three laps with safety cars led by a safety car to prevent overtaking. The rain gradually increased, and the machines that chose dry tires at the start were forced to struggle. In # 21 Audi Team Hitotsuyama, Tomita is in charge of the first stint. The strategy of selecting wet tires worked and jumped up to 14th place. After that, he continued to pass the previous car in lap times with the same lap time as the top team, and by the end of the 1st stint, he was up to 6th position. And because of the driver change, Tomita had a bad luck with the introduction of a safety car (SC) just before he tried to enter the pit (pit-in during SC introduction is prohibited by the rules). After the SC was released, the driver changed to Richard Ryan of the 2nd Stint. We returned to the course in 8th place due to time loss by SC. After that, bad luck overlapped, and a pit-through penalty was imposed due to contact with other cars at the time of the pit out. However, Richard Ryan ran away without giving up here, and finished 7th. We won a prize with the best result this year. Comments from Ryoji Hitotsuyama, team representative of Audi Team Hitotsuyama “The qualifying was cooler than I expected and the tires didn’t warm up well and I could n’t break through Q1, but the next day was a rainy forecast and the R8 was good at wet conditions, The team decided to start with rain tires as expected, and I think it was the best choice strategically. As the rain began to get stronger, Tomita was called back wirelessly to get into the pit before the SC entered, and immediately after that, the SC was introduced, and one more sector. I was forced to remain on the course in the early days, and the possibility of being on the podium area at this point disappeared. Tomita did a really great job, while Richard also dropped to 11th due to the penalty, but to 7th I was able to finish the race at the highest position this year. Next is Motegi in the final round, but I would like to aim for the podium. ” Audi Team Hitotsuyama Comment by Richard Ryan “This year’s Mibu wasn’t able to get results in the qualifying because the temperature was low and the tires didn’t match, while the wet conditions in the finals were favorable to us. The team chose the right tire, Tomita The players had a great start and had a good run, but it was very unfortunate that the SC entered just before the driver change, and I was penalized and dropped to 11th place at one time. I was able to drive up to 7th place again and enjoy the race for the first time in a long time.I think it was an exciting day for the team.The next Motegi is Audi R8’s strong braking course. Will continue to push. ” Comments from Ryuichiro Tomita, Audi Team Hitotsuyama “The most important point in looking back on today’s race was that I decided to consult wet with the Richards and engineer to get wet tires just before the race. I know that the performance on wet surfaces is high. As a result, I was able to make a big ranking in the lap immediately after the start.After that, I believe in the car, calmly grasp the condition, and try to connect to a second stint Richard player in a good position 1 As a result of overtaking the stand, I got a good stint, and personally I enjoyed today’s race very much.The final race was perfect and fans and cheering for the podium I would like to do my best to show everyone a good race. ” Audi Japan is supporting the teams participating in SUPER GT by deploying Audi Sport customer racing parts trailers locally. About 2500 items suitable for race car inspections such as body, engine, etc. are loaded on a dedicated trailer, and about 10,000 parts are loaded. Through the support of SUPER GT and the teams participating in the Super Taikyu Series, we will improve the brand recognition and image of the Audi sub-brand Audi Sport. Round 8 of SUPER GT, the final round of this season, will be held from November 2 (Sat) to 3 (Sun) at Twin Ring Motegi in Tochigi Prefecture.
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