After the outlet two rounds of the championship Yamashita and Kazuya Oshima defend a five-level lead on the head of the standings over Kunimitsu Honda pair Naoki Yamamoto and Tadasuke Makino, a success within the Okayama opener and ending seventh closing time out at Fuji Speedway.
That leaves the #14 Eneos-sponsored GR Supra because the heaviest car within the GT500 self-discipline heading into next week’s third spherical of the championship at Suzuka, with 46kg of success ballast.
It mirrors the venture of the 2021 season, as Yamashita and Oshima took an early lead within the standings with a non-public and a 2d-residing discontinuance from the outlet two rounds, fully to then fail to ranking points for four races in a row and eventually discontinue up fourth within the championship.
On the different hand, Yamashita feels that the aerodynamic enhancements made to the GR Supra, blended with Rookie Racing’s focus on boosting its speed tempo after a elaborate ’21 advertising and marketing campaign, puts the crew in better shape this year.
“The Supra is historically no longer that effectively-suited to Suzuka, and closing year was somewhat immoral,” Yamashita instructed Motorsport.com. “Nonetheless this year the downforce has increased so I mediate it could per chance well be better.
“We’re heavy all all over again, however we don’t comprise the gasoline restrictor yet, so if the fee is there, I mediate we are capable of ranking points. Of course one thing esteem a podium could well well be sophisticated, however I mediate we are capable of fair to gain points.
“Final year we were swiftly in qualifying however within the races we were tiring. This year, for the period of pre-season attempting out we centered on attempting an excellent deal of things with the residing-up and lengthy runs, and I mediate we improved.
“So I don’t mediate now we should terror about a repeat of closing year’s high-tail of ‘no-level’ races.”
One other incompatibility from 2021 is that the season finale this year will be held at Motegi, a note the set Toyota has struggled relative to Honda in fresh seasons, and no longer Fuji, which historically favours the GR Supra.
Nonetheless Yamashita feels that the GR Supra no longer has the brink it as soon as did on the Toyota-owned note, and in overall is a extra competitive proposition at Motegi this time spherical.
“I don’t feel esteem this year the Supra is a ‘Fuji particular’ car esteem it was sooner than, the [Nissan] Z and the [Honda] NSX are both swiftly there now,” said Yamashita. “So I’m thinking now that it doesn’t topic whether the finale is at Fuji or Motegi.
“I mediate if we are capable of gain the residing-up gorgeous [for Motegi], it could per chance well be good ample for us.”
- Proceed each and every qualifying session and speed of the 2022 SUPER GT season fully on Motorsport.tv.