GT300 cars were “on another planet” in 2021
This year, the lower division of the Japanese series was won by a car built under the GT300 ruleset (formerly JAF-GT300) for the first time since 2013, while the Subaru pair Hideki Yamauchi and Takuto Iguchi won the whole thing. The brand’s first title in the all-new BRZ 2021-spec.
Yamauchi and Iguchi beat defending champions Kondo Racing, de Oliveira and Kiyoto Fujinami, in the final round of the season at Fuji Speedway.
De Oliveira and Fujinami finished second overall for the best FIA GT3 racers in their Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, but six of the season’s eight races were won by GT300 cars, with only Oliveira and Fujinami and Hitotsuyama Audi R8 winning. LMS pair Takuto Shinohara and Shintaro Kawabata with GT3 victories.
Reflecting on the season, de Oliveira pointed out that Subaru’s title winners scored four out of eight poles as proof that the balance of performance between the two subclasses was not working properly.
The last time a car in one of the two SUPER GT categories scored four or more poles in a season was in 2013, when Subaru pair Tetsuya Yamano and Kota Sasaki clinched first place five times. .
“The two drivers who won the final race [LM Corsa drivers Hiroki Yoshimoto and Shunsuke Kohno], they drove a GT3 last year and they weren’t anywhere, “de Oliveira told Motorsport.com.” This year they’ve had the most wins. [two].
âI spoke to Yoshimoto after the race and he said ‘if you want results you need a GT300 car – I don’t know how you do with a GT3 car’.
“I realize that some people complained about the GT-R’s straight-line speed last year, but that has always been one of the main strengths of the GT-R, even in Europe,” he said. continued from Oliveira.
âIt was taken away from us this year, so we had to deal with not having our strength. It’s like saying to Subaru, ‘you guys are turning too fast, so we have to give you worse tires.’ It is starting to get quite complicated.
“One of the problems is that it is difficult to compare the GT-R to other GT3s, because there are no more GT-Rs in Europe anymore. This is also a problem for us, because SUPER GT is mainly about tires. There are GT-Rs on Yokohamas and GT-Rs on Dunlops, sometimes one is faster and sometimes the other How do you do a BoP on this basis?
“We got to the final and our car was slower than the Lamborghini [Huracan GT3], the Mercedes [AMG GT3], the Honda [NSX GT3], because we were punished more severely than the others. “