There were all kinds of special events going on across Japan, and the racing world was no different.
The D1 Grand Prix and Super Taikyu were right on top of each other!
I’m sure there a lot of you out there who already know, but GSR Drivers Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka race in both of these races. One of them even made a serious advance towards becoming the Super Taikyu champion.
I’ve piqued your interest now, haven’t I! So, let’s see… who shall we cover first today?
Driver Nobuteru Taniguchi: D1 Grand Prix
Driver Tatsuya Kataoka: Super Taikyu
Alright, let’s start with Taniguchi.
In the first round, Taniguchi had a collision with Driver Takahiro Ueno (who was also present at the recent Fuji International Speedway race), and was disqualified. He still pressed hard for an underdog’s victory, but only managed finish in 5th. In his blog, Tachiguchi described the race as a “bitter defeat,” as he finished with a truly miserable score. But on the other hand, he was taking a break from his Super Taikyu team (Petronas, Car #1) – and they seem to have nabbed the champion title for the 6th year in a row! Congratulations!
Kataoka skipped out on the D1 Race and instead participated in the Final Race of the Super Taikyu series at Autopolis. The weather was just as dismal as the time the we raced in the Super GT there, but he still managed to finish in 3rd place. This put his team in 2nd place in terms of overall season ranking. As Kataoka drives for the Petronas Team’s #28 car, it looks like they’ll be walking away with both first and second!
Alright then, the only race left in the Super GT series this year is the Special Session race, held on the 23rd-24th! We hope you’ll be cheering us on!