All three cars—two from KCMG and one from Gainer—demonstrated impressive speed with the No. 018 entry of Katsumasa Chiyo, Tsugio Matsuda and Alex Imperatori topping the times in the second practice.
Both the No. 23 KCMG (Edoardo Liberati, Richard Bradley and Oliver Jarvis – P5) and the No. 11 Gainer entry (Katsuyuki Hiranaka, Kazuki Hoshino and Hiro Yasuda – P10) qualified in the top 10, but the Chiyo/Matsuda/Imperatori entry suffered an electrical issue and would line up 30th on the grid.
In the race, the No. 23 GT-R ran in the top five but was sadly stricken with an electrical issue after four hours and had to retire.
The No. 18 KCMG car later suffered issues at half race distance after fighting its way all the way up to fifth.
“Unfortunately we had to retire with a power steering issue over halfway through the race,” Imperatori said.
“I took the start and fought back from P30 on the grid to P12 before my teammates Chiyo and Tsugio kept us in the hunt for a good result.
“We have to learn from this and come back stronger next year. Thanks to KCMG and NISMO for their hard work and dedication and to my teammates for a top job.”
The No. 11 Gainer entry fought hard to make it to the finish in 14th place.