2011 SUPER GT International Series Malaysia

18th - 19th June 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 JUNE 2011: Weider Honda Racing captured their first victory of the season, and also the first for a Honda this season, after near flawless performances from drivers Takashi Kogure and Loic Duval here at Round 3 of the 2011 AUTOBACS SUPER GT held at the Sepang International Circuit today.

Duval started strong in the first six laps, but lost some ground to the chasing pack when he ran into GT300 traffic. An incident free pit stop and consistent driving from Kogure ensured the win, however, in a total time of 1:33:34.849s, 14.198s ahead of the second placed MOLA, piloted by Ronnie Quintarelli and Masataka Yanagi.

"The track was a little bit slippery towards the end, but I think everyone suffered a bit from that. The car was excellent today and we are very happy to finally win and be back in the championship," said a delighted Kogure, who has had a good relationship with the Sepang circuit, having set the Sepang GT500 class lap record here in 2007 with the Takata Dome NSX.

Keihin Real Racing, carrying the largest weight handicap amongst the top three at 28kg and driven by Toshihiro Kaneishi and Koudai Tsukakoshi, finished 32.487s behind the winners for third place, completing a race where the top three starters in the grid maintained their positions throughout the race.

Fourth placed on the starting grid and team standings leaders Team Impul endured a bad race with tyre problems and finished last.

Lexus Team Petronas Tom's, the defacto 'home' team started from a disappointing eleventh on the grid, but first driver Andre Lotterer quickly made up ground, moving up to sixth position by the 14th lap, and second driver Kazuki Nakajima managed to hold off the advances from the Honda of Team Kunimitsu in the final laps to finish the race in sixth position.

Today's results keep team Nismo at the top of the GT500 team standings, while Keihin Real Racing moves up to second place with 33 points and Weider Honda Racing celebrate their win with a jump to third place and a total of 31 points.

In the GT300 class, the BMW Z4 GT3 of GSR&Studie with TeamUKYO took top honours, also from pole, in a nail biting finish which almost saw the second placed Ferrari 458 of Team JIMGAINER overtake on a number of occasions in the last few laps.

Nobuteru Taniguchi, the first driver for the team, opened up a healthy lead, but second driver Taku Bamba had to endure several nervous moments before eventually taking the chequered flag.

"We are very happy with the win and everything went according to plan, except for maybe the finish, which I am a bit disappointed with myself. I couldn't keep the lead that Taniguchi had given me and I got a bit nervous towards the end. I just tried to keep my cool and work with the strengths of the car and thankfully it all worked out," said a relieved Bamba.

Unable to take advantage of Bamba's mistakes, JIMGAINER had to settle for their third consecutive second placed finish this season, finishing a mere 0.776s behind, while LMP MOTORSPORT's Ferrari 430 took third place after finishing 46.432s behind the winners.

Cars Tokai Dream28 was in third position in their purple Shiden MC, having caught up all the way from last place on the grid, but was forced to pit seven laps from the finish due to a door problem, and settled for 10th place.

Today's results sees JIMGAINER maintain their position at the top of the team standings with 54 points, carrying a whopping 90kg weight handicap going into the next race. GSR&Studie with TeamUKYO are 11 points adrift, but jump to second place after their win and ninth placed HANKOOK KTR drop to third with 31 points.

This year's SUPER GT series race at the Sepang International Circuit drew a large crowd, as throngs of visitors arrived to enjoy the wide variety of activities in store.

Chairman of JP Performance Motorsport, JP Chin, was delighted with the turnout and looked forward to an even bigger event next year.

"I think we have certainly achieved our target of bringing a world of entertainment into the world of motorsports and I am pleased at the response we have received. We will be organising the SUPER GT here at SIC next year as well, and we will strive to make it even bigger and better," he said.