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Round 8 in Motegi and points for Andrea Caldarelli

Round 8 in Motegi and points for Andrea Caldarelli


Round 8 of the AUTOBACS SUPER GT Series now made a touch down on the season’s end, – the closing round over November 2nd and the 3rd at Twin Ring Motegi (in Tochigi Prefecture). Upon this final battling of the year, the weight-handicaps imposed on everybody according to the Series’ ranking were reset to zero, and with everyone now standing “even” on one line, this was a stage where each machine’s true capabilities had to be exhibited, even apart from the fact that it was also the “champion-deciding” race for 2013!

And moreover, because every GT500 machine will be changed according to the new technical regulations from next year, thousands of motor-sporting fans gathered about, not only to see a crucial fight for the Title take place, but also to take the last look at the gallant of the existing machines make their final appearance.

Though clouds spread above the track on Saturday morning, from 9:00 to 11:00 according to the given schedule the two hours of Official Practice session got underway. In the order of Daisuke Ito up first, then Andrea Caldarelli, LEXUS TEAM KeePer TOM’S (No. 37) up next, the team made setups and checks into the machine, and positioned 6th (1’42.386) in the free practice. Veteran driver Daisuke Ito conducted No. 37 KeePer TOM’S SC430 in the Q1 and clocked the time (1’42.305) for 8th position and the advance to the Q2. Then from 15:05, the Italian young SUPER GT driver Andrea Caldarelli in charge of driving the Q2 where 8 machines participate, raised one position up with the time of 1’42.323, and delivered a 7th position result.

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