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Super GT Queens @ Super GT Series Round 3 – Sepang – Part 2

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The Super GT race in Sepang International Circuit recently was a success with a great sunny day for the cars as well as the photographers to take some shots. As we all know not just the Super GT race cars are the attraction, the Super GT Queens and some of the models hired by local car distributor was taking up our memory space of our cameras. Do take some time to browse over the huge gallery and share your thoughts on which model or GT queens you fond most. 

 

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2012 Super GT Series Round 3 Race Day [w/ Tons of Photos]

The Super GT Series Round 3 had concluded on 10 June 2012 with Team No. 18 Weider Honda Racing and Team No. 33 HANKOOK KTR claim the chequered flag in the GT500 and GT300 classes.

 

2012 Super GT Series Round 3 Race Day

 

In the GT500 class, Machine No. 18 WEIDER HSV-010 took Pole Position during the qualifying session, and went on to win the race, although for most of the race, Machine No. 38 ZENT CERUMO SC430 was snapping at its heels. Takashi Kogure, Driver 1 of the No. 18 WEIDER HSV-010 remained steady under pressure and by Lap 13, he was leading by 3.438 seconds. Carlo Van Dam took the wheel in Lap 29 with the car still in the lead, and continued all the way to the chequered flag with a time of 1:47:52.531 seconds.

 

2012 Super GT Series Round 3 Race Day

 

In the GT300 class, Machine No. 33 HANKOOK PORSCHE claimed the chequered flag after 49 Laps of furious racing. The HANKOOK PORSCHE, which also took Pole Position in the qualifying session had a steady race with no problems. Drivers Masami Kageyama and Tomonobu Fujii made consistent and quick laps with the HANKOOK PORSCHE, crossing the finishing line with a time of 1:47:57.011 seconds. At the Post-Race Press Conference, both drivers accredited the win to keeping the tyre pressure and temperature steady.

 

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After Round 3 at Sepang, the Super GT Series Round 4 is set to be on the 28th and 29th of July at Sportsland Sugo in Japan. Currently, Yuji Tachikawa and Kohei Hirate are leading the drivers standing in the GT500, while Kyosuke Mineo and Naoki Yokomizo are leading in the GT300. After Round 3, there are 6 more races to go.

 

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Super GT Girls at 2012 Super GT Series Round 3 @ SIC

Super GT Girls @ 2012 Super GT Series Round 3

 

During the Super GT Series Round 3 which was held at the Sepang International Circuit on last weekend, our team members managed to capture a several Grid Girls shots from the Super GT Series as well as some babes from Affin Bank Motorshow. Thanks for the precious effort on the photographic coverage!

 

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Photo Gallery: Super GT Girls @ Super GT Series Round 3 – Sepang

 

Subaru Unveils 2012 WRX STI Sedan @ Super GT Malaysia 2012

At the media centre during the Super GT International Series Malaysia, we were advice by the event organiser that Subaru will be launching the BRZ. Unfortunately, it is a ‘scam’ or I should call it as misinformation. As due to that reason, my associate was so excited and twitting false information about the Subaru BRZ launch all over the internet. When the cloth was pulled off during the unveiling point, he was so shocked to see the all-new WRX STI sedan.

 

Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan Launch @ Super GT Malaysia 2012

 

Back to the truth, this special launch event is all about the highly anticipated Subaru Impreza WRX STI which features enhanced versions of Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and the Subaru Boxer Engine by the authorised distributor of Subaru in Malaysia – Motor Image Malaysia Sdn Bhd. The Subaru BRZ GT300 Super GT team and the GT race queens joined the launch as well.

 

Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan Launch @ Super GT Malaysia 2012

 

The new 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI is available in both auto and manual transmission. The 5-speed automatic variant is powered by Subaru Boxer Engine that churning out 221kw (300ps)/6,200rpm and a max torque of 350Nm/3,000 – 6,000rpm. While for the 6 speed manual variant, the max output is 221kw (300ps)/6,000rpm with a max torque of 407Nm/4,000rpm. Based on the spec sheet, the manual is plainly offers more torque than the auto. Moreover, the Drivers Center Controlled Differential (DCCD) is exclusively equipped on the manual variant for better driving experience.

 

Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan Launch @ Super GT Malaysia 2012

 

This car features some intelligent features including the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control System (VDC System) which offers flexible performance for changing driving conditions. With three modes which include ‘Normal’ for everyday driving, ‘Traction’ to experience performance driving and best of all you can turn the entire system ‘Off’ for a fun time on the track.

 

The Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) allows the driver to select the driving mode that best suits the individual. Put it in ‘Intelligent’ mode for smooth power and optimal efficiency. Select ‘Sport’ mode for versatile command of every condition. To extract the maximum response from the turbo-charged engine, switch to ‘Sport Sharp’ mode. It gives the most direct throttle response and precise rev control across the entire RPM range.

 

On the outside, the car come with the wide functional wheel arches provide optimum airflow to the braking system while removing heat from the engine bay. The design of the deep front bumper, side sills and rear spoiler are claim to provide high speed down force and stability.

 

The starting price for the STI starts from RM 249,000 on-the-road and available for viewing at Motor Image Malaysia outlets in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. By the way, we will provide a full review of this new 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI sedan once we get hold of the key to this superb machine.

 

During a short interview with Motor Image personnel during the launch, we learned that the authorised distributor is gearing up their presence in Malaysia with the introduction of two new outlets in the Klang Valley and the Northern region. In addition, the local assembled (CKD) Subaru XV compact SUV will also make its debut into the Malaysian market later this year. Unfortunately, the estimated price for the XV is still undisclosed.

 

Photo Gallery: Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan Launch @ Super GT Malaysia 2012

Audi R8 LMS Cup Announced Entry To Contest 2012 GT Asia Series

Audi is set to continue its thunderous charge across the race tracks of Asia with the announcement of an entry in the GT Asia Series with the new Audi R8 LMS ultra.

 

The official Audi R8 LMS Cup entry will be driven by Jeffrey Lee of Chinese Taipei in the Pro/Am category. Teaming up with Jeffrey will be Hong Kong’s Marchy Lee, a former single seater and FIA World Touring Car driver, who is now carving a name for himself in the world of sportscar competition.

 

 

The GT Asia Series calls for mandatory pit stops where driver changeovers are permitted. The impressive pairing of one of the region’s most promising up-and-coming non-professional racers, and the highly-experienced Hong Kong driver will present a powerful challenge to series regulars.

 

The pair will be competing in an Audi R8 LMS ultra, the latest 2012 specification version of the highly-successful GT3 racing car. The new, lighter version has increased torque, an optimized exhaust system, lower fuel consumption and a wider wing. The car will carry a similar livery to that of Audi R8 LMS Cup driver and Hong Kong star Aaron Kwok, with a distinctive Year of the Dragon design.

 

Said Rene Koneberg, Director of Audi Sport customer racing China: “Our entry in the GT Asia with the Audi R8 LMS ultra has multiple benefits. It demonstrates the versatility of our motorsport programme, both for customers and professionals, and the opportunities it offers our drivers. It also provides an opportunity to showcase the extraordinary new Audi R8 LMS ultra racing car across Asia.”

 

Says Jeffrey who, like Marchy, is also competing in the Audi R8 LMS Cup series, the first one-makes championship for Audi worldwide: “This is a tremendous opportunity for Marchy and I to showcase the incredible new Audi R8 LMS ultra car as we go up against some of the most established sportscar racing marques in the world.”

 

For Marchy too, the prospect of racing the powerful Audi GT thoroughbred on circuits in Malaysia and Japan is an exciting one: “Racing the Audi R8 LMS ultra across Asia and showing fans in Malaysia and Japan just what an extraordinary car this is, will be fantastic. Jeffrey is one of the most talented non-professional racers I have seen, and is incredibly quick. I’m really excited to be racing with him this season.”

 

Each GT Asia race will be 40 to 60 minutes in duration with a rolling start. Mandatory pit stops are used instead of success ballast, with the timing of each stop adjusted depending on the team’s results in the previous race. This regulation is designed to ensure season-long competition, and close up the field.

 

The 2012 GT Asia season gets underway at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit from May 25-27, with a second round in support of the Super GT weekend in June. Three meetings in Japan follow, at the Fuji, Suzuka and Autopolis race tracks. For the Suzuka round, which clashes with Rounds 5 and 6 of the Audi R8 LMS Cup at Inner Mongolia’s Ordos Circuit, Marchy will hand his driving duties to another sizzling talent.

 

The season finale will be held as part of the Macau GT Cup at November’s 59th Macau Grand Prix.

 

GT Asia Series 2012

Provisional Calendar

 

Date

Event

Circuit

Rounds

May 26-27

 

Malaysian Super Series

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

1 & 2

June 9-10

Super GT Series

 

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

3 & 4

July 14-15

Formula Nippon

 

Fuji International Speedway, Japan

5 & 6

August 18-19

Super GT Series

 

Suzuka Circuit, Japan

7 & 8

September 29-30

Super GT Series

 

Autopolis International Circuit, Japan

9 & 10

November 16-18

59th Macau Grand Prix (Macau GT Cup)

Guia Circuit, Macau, China

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