Two of Nissan’s young stars shone brightly at the final pre-season test at Fuji Speedway with impressive performances from GT500 rookie Mitsunori Takaboshi and GT Academy ace, Jann Mardenborough.
Preparing for his first full GT500 season, Takaboshi topped the times on the opening day of the test for Kondo Racing. He set a time of 1:28.055 aboard the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 he shares with JP de Oliveira.
Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda’s Motul Autech No. 23 entry was fourth fastest overall ahead of Daiki Sasaki/Mardenborough (8th) and Satoshi Motoyama/Katsumasa Chiyo (12th).
Mardenborough set the GT-R pace on Sunday with a lap of 1:29.409 to be fourth fastest overall ahead of de Oliveira/Takaboshi (4th), Quintarelli/Matsuda (7th) and Motoyama/Chiyo (9th)
“We’ve done a lot of testing with new-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500,” Mardenborough said.
“It’s a big improvement over last year’s car and after every test we’ve come away knowing what tyres we want to run from Bridgestone.
“Our speed has been really strong and we’ve been towards the top of the timesheets in the past couple of weeks.
“I’m really hyped for round one in two weeks and can’t wait to get to Okayama. I feel really good about the season ahead.”
The opening round of the 2018 Super GT Championship will be held at the Okayama International Circuit on April 7-8.