Pacific D'Station Racing collect another top 10 GT300 finish at Suzuka

Monday, August 24, 2020

Having raced the opening two races of their much adjusted Japanese Super GT Series from the Fuji Speedway, last weekends third round of the eight round season at least took the GT500 and GT300 machinery across to Suzuka.

Amongst the still very healthy grid of thirty GT300 cars was the #9 Pacific D'Station Racing Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3 of Tomonobu Fujii and stand-in driver Kei Cozzolino. Due to the countries on going strict control measures on non-nationals arriving and then leaving the country, it has been up till now almost impossible for any other national to compete within the Series without having to continue living there in between races.

With the AMR factory driver Nicki Thiim originally due to race alongside Fujii in the car, the Danes inability to travel forced the team to seek out a short to medium term replacement driver from those who live within the country - for which they came up with Cozzolino.

Racing in hot conditions for Sundays 52 lap race, it was Fujii 's turn to start the race from where he Qualified the car on Saturday - down in P22 position on the grid but throughout his stint, he seemed unable to lift the cars race position despite the numerous Safety Car intervention periods that blighted the opening half of the race. Such as the rules of Super GT, that the GT300 cars were stopped on the start straight to allow all of the faster GT500 cars to pass before the race went back to green and all of that made for some very disjointed racing.

Progress was eventually made once Cozzolino had his turn behind the wheel which then saw the green livered AMR Vantage slowly creep up the timing board to ultimately claim yet another P10 finishing position by the close of the race. P10 was where the dup finished in races one and two of the season although for the second race, the car was later demoted to P19 on the grounds of a post race penalty.

Usually with technical support from Prodrive being at the circuit with the team, we understand that that technical assistance is continuing by remotely from the Prodrive factory.

The next round of the season takes the teams to Motegi in three weeks time but with that now 'clashing' with the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the following weekend we don't know whether or not Cozzolino will be in the D'Station car as he is due to race with MR Racing at La Sarthe?

Photo credits - Pacific D'Station Racing 

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