Although I have known Super GT since 2001, this is the first time I have ever been to a Super GT race in Sepang International Circuit (SIC) as part of the media on 9th and 10th June 2012 at the Super GT International Series Malaysia, Round 3.
The Super GT International Series Malaysia Round 3 is the ONLY race outside of Japan in the Super GT Series.
Being in the media room brought us ‘closer’ to the race because we got to monitor the whole race and felt the suspense in the pits, as compared to watching from TV or grandstands.
The Japan Super GT Race has been featured in Malaysia since year 2000 where it was only a special exhibition race back then, only in recent years the Super GT Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, was included as part of the whole GT tournament, and usually it’s at Round 3.
Like any other motor sports, Super GT is often associated with its super cars and also the hot Japanese team ambassadors, whom we called them GT Queens.
*ENDLESS LADY 2012. From L>R – Yuki Ichinose, Akari Suzukawa, Takana Honda, and Mina Aida*
Pretty GT Queens came out from their team’s pits to greet the fans and crowd during the Pit Walk session.
*D’STATION Fresh Angels. From L>R – Chikako Tsugawa, Chihiro Andou*
The GT Queens are ambassadors to their teams and they take pride in their job.
*EVANGELION Racing Queen – Yuuna Chiba*
During the qualifying round, the Weider HSV-010 held onto the pole position followed by ZENT CERUMO SC430, Motul AUTECH GT-R, CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R, and PETRONAS TOM’s SC430 in the GT500 class.
While in the GT300 class,HANKOOK PORSCHE got the pole position, followed by JLOC LAMBORGHINI GT3, ENDLESS TAISAN 911, MonePa LAMBORGHINI GT3, and GREEN TEC & LEON SLS.
*Super GT Round 3 Malaysia GT300 winner – HATSUNEMIKU GOODSMILE BMW Z4 GT3*
The HATSUNEMIKU GoodSmile BMW Z4 GT3 is with the team GSR&Studie with Team UKYO, where Hatsune Miku GoodSmile is an imaginary vocaloid character who has a full-length studio album and also held a hologram concert too.
*Weider Honda Racing team and Weider GT Gal – Leah Mizumura*
*The HANKOOK PORSCHE*
*The EVANGELION RT TEST-01 PETRONAS Shiden of team Cars Tokai Dream28*
Cars Tokai Dream28 is a Honda-based team and this Mooncraft Shiden is a prototype car.
The purple color of the car is based on the Evangelion Unit-01 in the mecha anime. Evangelion.
*The Malaysian Wild Card team – ThunderAsia Racing with a Mosler MT900M*
The ThunderAsia is a wildcard team that only enters the Super GT Round 3 Malaysia race.
The highlight of the event was definitely the fast-paced and extremely exciting SUPER GT race that saw Team No. 18 Weider Honda Racing and Team No. 33 HANKOOK KTR claim the chequered flag in the GT500 and GT300 classes respectively.
In keeping with the vision of creating the biggest motorsport event of the year, there were non-stop on-track and off-track activities as well!
One of the highlights of the day was the second edition of the Biggest Super and Performance Car Gathering. With the help of various Car Clubs and Private Owners of these amazing vehicles from Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand, SUPER GT 2012 Round 3 Malaysia broke the record created last year in the Malaysia Book of Records, sealing a new record with 608 registered cars – 203 cars more than the previous year!
*This is just a fraction of the total sum of super cars*
Besides the Biggest Super and Performance Car Gathering, there were also the GT Asia Series, the Toyota Cup Vios and Toyota Cup Yaris.
*Super GT Round 3 Malaysia – GT300 winners*
The final result for the GT300 class where the champion is HANKOOK PORSCHE (HANKOOK KTR) with drivers Masami Kageyama and Tomonobu Fujii, ENDLESS TAISAN 911 (Team TAISAN ENDLESS) on second place with Driver 1 Kyosuke Mineo and Driver 2 Naoki Yokomizo, and third placing triple a Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (A Speed) with drivers Hiroki Yoshimoto and Kazuki Hoshino.
For full GT300 result please click HERE.
*Super GT Round 3 Malaysia – GT500 winners*
In the GT500 class, the Weider HSV-010 (Weider Honda Racing) with Takashi Kogure as Driver 1 and Carlo Van Dam as Driver 2 taking first spot, ZENT CERUMO SC430 (LEXUS TEAM ZENT CERUMO) taking second place with Yuji Tachikawa and Kohei Hirate on Driver 1 and 2 respectively, and ENEOS SUSTINA SC430 (LEXUS TEAM LeMans ENEOS) on third place with its Driver 1 Daisuke Ito and Driver 2 Kazuya Oshima.
For full GT500 result please click HERE.
*From L>R – Carlo Van Dam, Takashi Kogure, Masami Kageyama, and Tomonobu Fujii*
Congratulations to both winning teams and also thanks to other participating teams for giving the Malaysians some excitement and adrenaline rush.
For more photos please visit my Facebook Album – Super GT 2012 Round 3 Malaysia.