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Super GT heads to Thailand this weekend with Nissan hoping to replicate its impressive pace from last year when former GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough starred.

The Welshman qualified second last year and ran second for much of the race. Sadly, the No. 12 Team IMPUL Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 suffered a late-race issue which ruined their chances of climbing the podium.

Mardenborough and his new-for-2018 teammate, Daiki Sasaki, head to Thailand after finishing fourth at the most recent round at Suzuka.

“Last year in Thailand the Team IMPUL Calsonic car had its strongest weekend for qualifying speed and race pace,” Mardenborough said.

“We qualified second and ran second in the race but had an issue towards the end. We had a really good car, good set up, and our car seemed to work well at that circuit with the Bridgestone tyres and the compounds we had.

“This year I’m looking forward to more of the same. I think we should be even stronger this year because the car itself has more downforce, front and rear. And, with more knowledge of the set up itself, we should be in an even better position.

“I like the track. Any time I’ve gone to the circuit we’ve done well, especially in qualifying.

“It’s a bit earlier in the year, but I think the weather should be pretty similar, it might be a bit unpredictable with the rain, but either way, I’m looking forward to this race.

“It’s a flyaway race, and we always get a big crowd at the Chang Buriram circuit. The Thai people love Super GT, so I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of fans when I go there this weekend.”

The No. 23 NISMO combination of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda are second in the points standings leading into the Thai race.

The Italian/Japanese pairing won at Fuji and have a string of three consecutive points finishes in the three races run to date.

Sunday’s 300km battle in Thailand will be streamed live on NISMO.tv on YouTube as well as www.NISMO.com.

Source. Nissan



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