Bitter - sweet for D'Station Racing At Super Tec 24hr from Fuji

Sunday, May 23, 2021


The 2021 Super Taikyu Series 24-hour event at Fuji International Speedway turned out to be another bitter-sweet moment again for the D’Station Racing team again after an amazing recovery drive from their Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 team to claim a class podium by the end through to the late retirement of their AMR Vantage GT4 team, who were also in sight of a class podium.

Having impacted heavily into the tyre barrier in only the third hour of the race, the Japanese team lost over forty laps repairing the #777 car before being able to release it back into the race. By the time dawn came about this morning, other ST-X class cars had suffered similar ailments and woes – everything that gave Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii and Tsubasa Kondo the incentive to chase for a class podium.

With an overall race win always off the cards from the moment of their accident, the #777 car eventually finished an incredible P5 overall and second in the topflight ST-X class to retain their Championship lead.

That joy however, was mixed with the disappointment that their #47 AMR Vantage GT4 failed to finish the race having been in top end ST-X class contention for most of the race. 

Still running competitively by dawn, a significant Championship point’s boosting finish looked probably before unrepairable issues with the exhaust struck the car of Kenji Hama, Takura Hoshino, Takuro Shinohara, and Max Orido consigning it to the garage for a disappointing result although they have been classified as finishing P6 in class.

Photo credits – Super Taikyu / D’Station
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