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Super GT 2013: Calsonic GTR and ARTA CR-Z reign supremacy!


The round three of Autobacs Super GT race in Sepang International Circuit saw the dominating form of Calsonic Impul GTR and ARTA CR-Z in their respective GT500 and GT300 categories. Despite both cars qualified on top on their classes, their victory was not a straight forward sprint to the finish, as both these cars faced intense battle from other formidable competitors.


On the GT500, the Calsonic GTR of Joao Paulo de Oliveira & Tsugio Matsuda, faced intense pressure from the ZENT SC430, only the later spurn off a few laps later which bought relief to the GTR. Last year’s winner, Weider HSV Honda, which qualified on eight, managed to catch up with the Calsonic GTR and overtook the later on lap 18. Chances of Weider to repeat their success in Sepang was faded by due to an unfortunt lengthy pitstop which drops the HSV into no 7th. That bought the Calsonic GTR to retain the lead, followed by DENSO SC430 and Raybrig HSV on third. That remained status quo until the final lap when the Calsonic emerged as winners after 54 laps of intense racing. Last year’s winner Weider ended up a consolidating forth overall, while local favorites Petronas TOMS SC430 only managed to finish a disappointing 11th.

It was also Joao Paulo de Oliveira’s third victory in Sepang after he was won in the GT500 category in 2007 and 2008.


On the GT300, it was the battle of the Hybrids as the ARTA CR-Z and Mugen CR-Z duke out on an intense and nail biting dogfight from start to finish. As this race has proven that Hybrids may have a bright future in motor racing, both CR-Z were neck to neck to claim top honors and eventually the ARTA CR-Z of Shinichi Takagi and Takashi Kobayashi defeated the Mugen CR-Z to claim their first victory by a close two seconds. With the Mugen CR-Z won the last race in Fuji, the Hybrid technology has shown maturity and relevance in motor sports. Meanwhile the Subaru BRZ R&D Sports which qualifies third, suffered from a spurn, an mistaken taken advantage by Gainer DIXCEL SLS which eventually finishes on third while the Subaru settled for forth.


Despite the hazy skies and humid conditions, this year’s edition has produced some of the most exciting races in Sepang for many years. The next round will be at Sugo in Japan in a month’s time. With a record of 67,000+ race fans over the weekend, there is no reason not to bring a successful Super GT race in Malaysia for 2014!

Text by Travis

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Petaling Jaya, 21 May 2013 – One of the most entertaining, exciting and glamorous race weekends returns to the Sepang International Circuit this month (15-16 June) with Malaysia once again being given the honor of hosting the third round of the prestigious 2013 AUTOBACS SUPER GT Series.

Formerly known as the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC), the Super GT Series is a grand touring car race series promoted by the GT Association (G.T.A.). It was first established in 1993 by the JAF (Japanese Automobile Federation) via its subsidiary company the G.T.A. (GT Association).

The Malaysian round of the AUTOBACS SUPER GT Series is being organised by JPM Motorsport and this will be the 13th consecutive year that the Series is back in town to thrill fans. It is also the 20th year the Series is being organized.

Internationally recognized for being one of the world’s fastest and most exciting GT racing series, the 2013 AUTOBACS SUPER GT Series consists of eight rounds, and is divided into the GT500 and GT300 classes, gathering what is the reputed to be the largest ensemble of latest Japanese sports cars with manufacturers the likes of Lexus, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Subaru, as well as continental marques that include Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, BMW, Mosler, Chevrolet, Audi, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz.

The Series is also a playground for top Japanese drivers and some of the world’s top racing drivers among them, former Formula 1 driver and Super GT champion Ralph Firman who drives the Honda HSV for AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI this season; former South American and German Formula 3 driver Joao Paulo de Oliveira driving the Nissan GTR for Team Impul; former Le Mans driver Seiji Ara; Michael Krumm the 2011 FIA GT Championship GT1 Series champion; and former Macau Grand Prix winner Andre Couto.

Also racing in the Series and giving local fans more to cheer about is Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy who alongside Japanese Yuki Iwasaki, drives for team APR Audi R8 LMS Ultra in the GT300 class this season. The pair’s best finish so far has been 14th place in the opening round of the Series at the Okayama International Circuit in April. In round 2 at the Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka, Japan Fairuz and Iwasaki and a third driver Kenji Kobayashi came in 15th place.

Another hot favourite will be the Malaysian-backed Petronas Toms SC430 Team which had only recently clinched victory at round 2 of the AUTOBACS SUPER GT Series at the Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka, Japan. The team, competing in the GT500 class, is spearheaded by the pair of Kazuki Nakajima and James Rossiter. Nakajima is the 2012 Formula NIPPON Series champion, while Rossiter was formerly a Lotus factory driver and test driver for the Force India Formula One Team.

Race fans are also in for another treat as for the first time, they will be able to see fast action on the track by hybrid cars competing in the GT 300 class. The competition is led by the Toyota PRIUS GT which recently secured the first ever victory for a hybrid car in the SUPER GT series at round 2, and joined by a fleet of MUGEN CR-Z GT cars.


Mr JP Chin, Masaaki Bandoh, TJ Chin, Andrew Lopez with Super GT Queens and ambassador

“We’re gunning for a phenomenal race weekend with lots of action and activities on as well as off the track. We’re working on a whole host of activities and attractions and all I can say is that it’s going to be exciting for everyone, race fans or otherwise,” said JPM Motorsport Managing Director T.J. Chin.

In 2013, with the aim to further improve the experience of spectators and provide greater value to sponsors, JPM Motorsport has come up with the theme of having a 5-Star SUPER GT! The components are: the SUPER GT Race, the Affin Bank Motorshow, a Japan Town by Sachi, the Biggest Superbike Gathering and a Dash Berlin ‘Music is Life’ World Tour 2013!

And unique to SUPER GT, fans can meet and greet the drivers and teams during the Pit Walkabout, where the Race Machines and hot race queens will be present. On Saturday, consistent with the SUPER GT tradition, the pit walkabout session is free for children under 12 and their accompanying parents too.

This year’s event will also witness the very first Asia Cup race organized by Meritus. Off the race tracks, grass root racing activities in the form of the Ultra Racing Gymkhana & Drifting, will encourage enthusiasts to compete.

Other than exciting racing and race cars, JPM Motorsports will also continue the tradition set in 2011 by having another star attraction in the form of the Affin Bank Motorshow. This year, the total exhibition size is as big as the size of the entire mall area at Sepang International Circuit, which is around 7,500 sqm. Though similar in size to 2012, it incorporates innovative elements, namely SummerNat where on top of amazing cars displayed by Japanese Marquee like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru and European heavy weights like Porsche and Lamborghini, JPM Motorsport will exhibit and host a competition for Customs Cars and Bikes alike. SummerNat is Australia’s premier event for street machines, an event gathering local exotic and custom muscle cars as well as other street machines which will take place in Malaysia and co-organised by JPM Motorsport in the later part of the year.

JPM Motorsport will also be out to establish a record in the Malaysia Book of Records. This year, instead of the Biggest Supercar and Performance Car record that it managed to set with the help of various car clubs in 2012, the company will be out to create the record for the Biggest and Noisiest Superbike Gathering on track in Sepang International Circuit. This will be the first time the track will accommodate so many bikes on the track in a single event.

Moving away from Automotive related activities, another Star to this year’s race weekend is the Japan Town by Sachi, and JPM Motorsport in collaboration with sponsors such as Code 10, Luminox and OK is attempting to make the audience feel like they are watching a Japanese Racing event in Japan during summer.

Finally, when the sun goes down on Saturday night, event goers, or more specifically party goers will be treated to the Dash Berlin ‘Music is Life’ World Tour. This tour, touted as one of the most anticipated party event of the year is organized by Global Sound Music together with JPM Music and is expected to provide an unforgettable “let your hair down’ party experience. And for partygoers, they are also entitled to attend the race, making it an adrenaline filled weekend.

“There you have it, a 5 Star event which we hope will make this year’s event more thrilling, engaging, glamorous and spectator-friendly for all those who attend and sponsors alike,” said Chin.

“Race weekend at Sepang International Circuit is not purely about action on the track, but we have made an enormous effort to make it an attractive weekend destination for the entire family.”

JPM Motorsport is also inviting race fans to bring their entire family to the Super GT weekend, and have put in place various attractions that include a special Kids Zone and musical performances to keep everyone – including non-race enthusiasts – happy and occupied.

Super GT fans will also be able to catch the action of the 2013 Malaysian SUPER GT Queen Search Pageant. The pageant is being held for the third consecutive year, and the crowned winner will stand the chance of joining a line-up of Japanese GT Queens in Japan with objective of promoting the sharing of knowledge, expertise and talent between Malaysian and Japanese GT queens.

Tickets for the Malaysian round of the AUTOBACS Super GT Series are priced at RM100, and fans can obtain it online via www.supergt.com.my, or tune in to the entire season’s updates on www.facebook.com.my/supergt.my. Aspiring candidates or the 2013 Malaysian SUPER GT Queen Search Pageant meanwhile, can log on to the SUPER GT’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/supergt.my to obtain updates about the pageant.

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SUPER GT 2012 Round 3

The recently concluded Super GT weekend in Sepang F1 International Circuit saw the unstoppable domination of last year’s GT500 winner of Sepang, Weider Honda HSV and Hankook Porsche for the GT300. Both cars qualified first in their classes and ruled the race from start to finish. The 2 hour race saw 15 cars from GT500 and 21 cars from GT300 battled for supremacy in the 5.5km tarmac in the hot and humid Sepang circuit.

Flame splitting Motul GTR

The lighting fast pace Weider Honda HSV, driven by the Japanese and Dutch combination of Takashi Kogure & Carlo Van Dam, set a massive distance from the trail runners, with carrying 12 kg of weight handicap which works on their advantage.

Calsonic Nissan GTR blows flame when attacking at corner 2

They were followed closely by the ZENT Cerumo Lexus SC430 of Yuji Tachikawa & Kohei Hirate which were impressive despite carrying 46kg of weight handicap, and finished the race on second place. Third place was won by ENEOS Lexus SC430 team of Daisuke Ito and Kazuya Oshima.

Just like in today’s F1, conserving tyres is the name of the game and the Weider drivers did very well, which bought them into a well deserved victory. Tyre management in this track is vital as displayed by a few cars in GT500. The D’station Advan GT-R has suffered from blown tyres due to the hot track surface and caused the only retirement of the GT500 class. S Road’s GT-R and Petronas’ SC430 were the biggest casualties when the GTR tyres exploded, got lost control and rammed into the poor SC430, putting both of them out with 9 laps to go, but still classified as finishers.

In the GT300, the Hankook Porsche destroyed competitions with the smooth sailing but fast driving of Masami Kageyama and Tomonobu Fujii, leaving the second placed car of ENDLESS Taisan Porsche at a blistering 25 seconds. European supremacy displayed on the GT300 with the Aston Martin car from triple a vantage GT3 secured third place.

Hatsune Miku attacking at corner 3

Sadly for the local crowd, the wildcard entry of ThunderAsia’s Mosler MT900 ended at lap 28 when the struggling Mosler decided to gave up.
The next race Round 4 will be held at Sugo in a month’s time.

Text by Travis. Photo by WoayChee.
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Super GT 2012 Round 3 – Qualifying

The weather was perfect: cloudy and warm, which was great for the fans, who came out by the droves, as well as for the drivers as well.

No. 18 WEIDER HSV-010, driven by Takashi Kogure and Carlo Van Dam, took pole position in the GT500 class with a quickest lap-time of 1:55.321. Coming in second place was No. 38 ZENT CERUMO SC430, driven by Yuji Tachikawa and Kohei Hirate, with a lap-time of 1:55.503, and in third place was No. 23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R, driven by Satoshi Motoyama and Michael Krumm with a lap-time of 1:55.665.

In the GT300 class, No. 33 HANKOOK PORSCHE, driven by Masami Kageyama and Tomonobu Fujii, grabbed pole position with a lap-time of 2:04.262. Coming in second place was No. 87 JLOC LAMBORGHINI GT3, driven by Koji Yamanwashi and Hideki Yamauchi, with a lap-time of 2:05.371 and in third place was No. 911 ENDLESS TAWASAN 911, driven by Kyosuke Mineo and Naoki Yokomizo, with a lap-time of 2:05.395

Our very own ThunderAsia MT900M took 17 place today.

The end of SUPER GT Day 1, and the fans just can’t get enough! There will definitely be more racing, more activities, more excitement and more fun to be had! Don’t miss out on the biggest motorsport event of the year!

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SUPER GT 2011 – Panning

I went to this event last 2 weeks, finally got time to review all the images.
Please click the images for 1024 x 683 pixel.

Some of my friends asked me, “how come the head of the car in focused, then blurred all the way to the end.”

Tips is, pan the subject with low shutter speed, 1/125 or below. The slower shutter speed you set, the blur effect is obvious.

I was learned from a Japanese photographer, luckily he shared the setting out and of course with image explained. He told me, it will be great to focus the head of the car when you pan. Just like you capture portrait, you focus the subject’s eye instead. Of course depend on what story you want to tell in the photo. Anyhow, this is just a guideline from him.

Pic 01:  Speed 1/80, ISO 100, Exposure -0.3

GT500 RAYBRID HSV-010 chasing from behind.

GT300 EVANGELION RT TEST TYPE-01 Apple Shiden at turn 2.

Pic 02:  Speed 1/100, ISO 100, Exposure -0.3


Pic 03:  Speed 1/100, ISO 100, Exposure -0.3

HATSUNEMIKU GOODSMILE BMW, the GT300 champion of round 3

Pic 04:  Speed 1/100, ISO 100, Exposure -0.3

WedsSport ADVAN SC430 front, Mach GoGoGo Syaken RD320R middle, EPSON HSV-010 rear.

Pic 04:  Speed 1/100, ISO 100, Exposure -0.3


Pic 05:  Speed 1/100, ISO 100, Exposure -0.3

A lot of GT cars behind SG CHANGI IS350 at turn 3

Pic 06:  Speed 1/200, ISO 100, Exposure -0.3

SG CHANGI IS350 blowing flames when downshifting gear.

Pic 06:  Speed 1/160, ISO 100, Exposure -0.3

triple a Vantage GT2

Pic 06:  Speed 1/160, ISO 100, Exposure -0.3

ARTA Garaiya


If you notice, most of my images tilted down/up/horizontal, that’s no right or wrong. You can tilt up (the car may looks more dynamic. Thanks uncle HALEE for the tips)


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Super GT 2011 – Race Day

The SUPER GT International Series MALAYSIA race, Round 3 of the 2011 AUTOBACS SUPER GT, took place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on June 19.

GT500 class, the winner was the No. 1 Weider HSV-010 (Takashi Kogure/Loic Duval).This is the first win of the season for Weider HSV-010.

When the official start, the pole-position No.1 Weider HSV-010 (Loic Duval) that got the hole shot. Following Duval into the first corner were the 2nd-place qualifier, the No. 46 S Road MOLA GT-R (Ronnie Quintarelli) and the 3rd-place No. 17 KEIHIN HSV-010 (Toshihiro Kaneishi). Behind them, the No. 12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R (Joao Paulo Lima de Oliveira) and No. 39 DENSO SARD SC430 (Takuto Iguchi).

In the season 2011 team current ranking, the No. 23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R managed to stay on top.  2nd place just one point below the ranking leader is the No.17 KEIHIN HSV-010. Another one point back in 3rd place in the ranking is the Round 3 Sepang Circuit winner, the No. 1 Weider HSV-010.

GT300 class race, the No. 4 HATSUNEMIKU GOODSMILE BMW (Nobuteru Taniguchi/Taku Bamba) took the win. Hatsune Miku Good Smile BMW achieving the first victory for their team.

The GT300 pole-position No. 4 HATSUNEMIKU GOODSMILE BMW (Nobuteru Taniguchi) got the best start, followed by the No. 88 JLOC LAMBORGHINI RG-3 (Yuhi Sekiguchi), the No. 27 PACIFIC NAC IKAMUSUME FERRARI (Hideki Yamauchi) and the No. 11 JIMGAINER DIXCEL DUNLOP 458 (Tetsuya Tanaka). Gradually, Taniguchi in the No. 4 BMW managed to build a 14-second lead over the rest of the field before he finally made his pit stop and turned over the wheel to teammate Bamba.

It was the first GT win for the team and for the BMW Z4. No. 11 finished 2nd for the third race in a row. Finishing 3rd came car No. 27. Car No. 11 (Tanaka/Hiranaka) moved to the top of the season ranking with its third straight 2nd-place finish. Eleven points back in 2nd lpace in the ranking is this time’s winner, car No. 4 (Taniguchi/Bamba).

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Super GT 2011 Qualifying

Weider HSV-010 secured the GT500 class pole position. The second place was with the S Road MOLA GT-R. At the front, it’s gonna be a HSV-010, GT-R, HSV-010, GT-R placing!

As for GT300, Hatsune Miku Good Smile BMW won the GT300 class pole position for the first time.The second place was with Lamborghini JLOC RG-3

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Super GT 2011

Reached there around 3pm. The weather is hot. I m really hope no rain for next 2 days or else I gonna shoot under the rain.

Most of the SUPER GT machines already setup but no practice for them today.

Some selected images for today. I will shoot more this weekend, hope able to capture more action photos of those SUPER GT machines.

Main Sponsor & Organizer of SUPER GT 2011

The crews pushing their machine: ADVAN KONDO GTR by KONDO RACING

Ah.. HATSUNEMIKU GOODSMILE BMW. Really anticipate to see the car in the track, The Main driver will be Nobuteru Taniguchi (previously drove M7 Mutiara Motor RX7 SGC, unfortunately Amemiya Team pulled off this year.)

Evangelion RT Test 01 IM-Jihan, I love this car, Also the team’s race queen!!!

This Crew looked so young uh.

Support Race Machine.

Last Image, maybe photo of the day.
Shutter: 1/60

One of the Support Race Machine.

Not sure viewer like this kind of image, because only head of the car got focus then blurred all the way…

I love this background blur effect, but some sponsors of the car might don like it because almost half of the image blurred.


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Super GT 2011 CountDown Party

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Invited to attend final countdown party of the Super GT Race 2011 organized by JP Performance Motorsport (JPM) at the open space outside of Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya. Selangor on Saturday 28th May 2011.

SUPER GT 2011 race queens Ayami Sasaki and Jillayne Ting.

Waidako Japanese drum played by Nakanishi Takayuki.

PETRONAS TOM’S SC430 displayed at the open space outside of Empire Gallery

Weng Li

Megane convoy

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