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SUPER GT CHAMPIONSHIP CLIMAX FOR LYONS AND HITOTSUYAMA

A never say die attitude scored Lyons and Audi Team Hitotsuyama a well driven 4th in the final race of SuperGT 2016. Being in with a shout of securing a third Japanese domestic title, Lyons was gunning for top spot, his team only a few points off claiming the title when the lights went out at Motegi Twin Ring.motegivictory2016-2-of-3

Unfortunately, in spite of a great performance, Lyons and team mate Tomonobu Fujii ultimately lost out on the title. The championship leading car the Toyota VivaC 86 machine, ran a clean race to clinch the title. But with both a 3rd place championship finish and delivery of the teams maiden GT300 victory, this was a very successful weekend for Lyons.

Richard Lyons: “Going into the last round we gave ourselves a great last shot at the title with the previous days race victory. We knew it was going to be difficult as there were still 9 points between us and the top car. Starting P8 was not so bad as we knew our race pace would be really strong. In the 15 minute warm up before the race I was able to feel how the car felt, it was perfect! But, from the start of the race onwards I felt something was different and was struggling to hold pace with the leaders, I quickly realised the rear tire pressures were way higher than they should be. This resulted in the rear of the car sliding around like a drift car but I adapted to it to be able to hold a reasonable pace and limit the damage. Unfortunately this robbed us a chance to fight for a podium and it seemed that it was caused by a miscommunication with our tire man, these things happen. Fujii San took over at the pit stop with the car back to normal and was able to show what our car was capable of and marched through the field to get us P4 and secure our best championship campaign finish to date as a team, with 3rd in the rankings. It was a great result but I was left feeling we could have maybe had a bit more. I’m really happy with our teams performance on a whole as its been a tough year but a good reward in the end.

Source. Richard Lyons

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