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Suzuka 10 Hours – Race Highlights from Yasu


Hey, everyone.  GSR’s Yasu here.  I’m currently in the GSR Lounge, updating the English play by play account as reporter_e.

I’ll be here in the GSR Lounge with Swemy over the weekend, giving you the latest info via Twitter, and doing my best not to get in the way while still getting psyched during the talk show.

For this post, I’ll be cluing you in on some of the Suzuka 10 Hours Race highlights – these are of course, all my personal and very biased opinions, but I hope you’ll find them helpful nonetheless.

First off, roughly speaking, most all of the 34 cars in this race are run by professional teams.  In other words, this is one of the three big endurance races in the world, and the competing teams are on par with those we faced in the Spa Francorchamps race last year.

This is a particularly good race to see veteran champion teams race in Japan.  I’m personally quite excited to be able to race against Strakka Racing, who we also faced at Spa Francorchamps, as well as Manthey-Racing, who you probably know through Porche.

But not only the teams, the drivers behind the wheel are pretty amazing.

Again, this is just me personally, but I’ll be keeping an eye on the #7 Porche driver Earl Bamber, Le Man 24 Hour Champion, as well as #6 Audi driver Markus Winkelhock, known for his F1 driving fame and who’s father and uncle are also famous F1 drivers.  Driving #44 is Strakka Racing’s Adrien Tambay (his father is an F1 driver).

When F1 racing started to become big in Japan, these father-son F1 drivers were already top class, and though they’re even better now, it’s amazing to think that all those same drivers are gathered here at Suzuka.

So, do you have a better feel for just how amazing year’s Suzuka 10 Hour race really is?  I’d like to go on and on about some of the international teams and flaunt my knowledge on the various drivers, but we can pick up where I left off in the GSR lounge on Sunday.

The first free practice session has just ended, and next up is the second free practice session from 18:30 – 20:00.

Be sure to keep an eye on the other teams and drivers during the big race, ok!

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