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2005 JGTC Round 4 Race Report from RE-Amemiya
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 - 2:17pm

Under sunny skies and with temperatures hovering around the 30C-37C degrees, 43 JGTC machines took the rolling start at 14:10 in front of 50,300 fans for Round 4 of the SUPER GT Championship at Sportsland SUGO of Miyagi prefecture. During the off season, the course was repaired and the pavement was renewed. The grip was much improved over years past thus lap time improved, but reduced life of the tires under the harsh conditions were to be expected.

Previously a race winner, though feeling the pinch a little this season, the #7 Re: Amemiya RX-7 was fifth in practice sessions, ahead of the #62 Willcom Vemac and a pair of Nissan Z's. The #7 Amamiya Aspra Drink RX-7 won SUGO in 2001, and had a podium finish in 2003, coming in 3rd. At qualifing this year, RE-Amemiya's car was in 4th. At the end of the opening lap of the race, the #7 RX-7 passed the line in 3rd place. At lap 9, the car was in 2nd position as it knocked down the #0 NSX. All through the early part of the race, the
the battle for the lead was very intense. The #7 RE-Amemiya RX-7 fought brilliantly with the #13 ENDLESS ADVAN Z machine for the lead of the class. However after pitting, the last half of the race, #7 fell to a 4th place finish. The team earned 8 points toward the championship, putting them in 6th place, with 18 points difference between them and first place.

The next race is the Motegi GT 300km, the 5th in the series It will be held September 3-4th, in Tochigi prefecture at the Twin Ring Motegi track.

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