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Old 12 Sep 2020, 09:48 (Ref:4001827)   #421
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A random question : Is there any cases in Super GT when the car was rather more balanced with certain amount of weight handicaps (either by BoP or success ballasts), than without it? Sometimes I saw some practice or qualifying results, certain cars with more weight handicaps are still being competitive on the front.

Don't know, maybe nsx in previous seasons being MR, with some success ballast maybe the car could get a better weight distribution. I think that FR gt500 cars are in the range of 50/50 so they could get understeering or oversteering issues according to where ballast is placed.
If am I not wrong, actually weight ballast aside, there is also fuel flow reduction as part of success penality
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Old 13 Sep 2020, 03:18 (Ref:4002074)   #422
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SGT Tire manufacturer interview <part. 4> Yokohama (Takayuki Shiraishi)
https://supergt.net/news/single/20296

About value of SGT for Yokohama
*The most attractive thing about SGT that we think is that there is a very high level of competition.
*Four manufacturers of tires are competing with each other, attracting a large number of spectators and a lot of attention. So it's the most suitable place for us to develop and polish our technology.
*In particular, GT500 class is participated in vehicles developed by famous domestic automobile manufacturers. The downforce is strong and the engine performance is also high in that class.
We develop tires that collect the best of our technology for such extremely high-level vehicles, and further enhance our technology. That is our theme in GT500.

In GT500 class, Yokohama supplies tires to 3 vehicles, but all three are of different models. Are tires with different specs prepared for each vehicle?
*I think that the ideal is to have common specs and to achieve excellent performance in all vehicles, but in reality it is not so and the specs are different. It is also the result of incorporating the characteristics of each model and the requests of each team.
*This year, GT500 vehicle regulations have been revised, and especially for the suspension, common parts are used for each model. We were wondering if this would make the usage of tires for the three vehicles similar.
*However, when we actually started development, it seemed to be close and quite different. Especially the difference in aero characteristics such as the strength of downforce and the weight distribution between the front and rear of the vehicle. There are also differences in engine characteristics.
*Due to these factors, the direction of the three vehicles has become more distinctive than we initially thought. I feel that these points are both technically interesting and difficult.

About GT300 class tire development
*Firstly, we have a very large number of teams / vehicles supplying tires in GT300 class.
*We think that GT300 tires are basically a place to feed back the technology gained in the development of GT500 tires. However, GT300 has some more difficult elements than GT500, such as heavier vehicle weight than GT500.
*In addition, there are as many as 10 vehicles that we supply tires in GT300 class, but these vehicles are completely different in vehicle weight, drive system, weight balance, engine type, etc.
*While aiming for tire performance that can bring out the characteristics of each vehicle properly, we are working on development with the goal of finally adapting tires with common specs to any vehicle.
*It can be said that that philosophy is similar to that of commercially available tires for mass-produced vehicles. That's what makes GT300 tires interesting, and I think it's technically worthwhile.
*In addition, the large supply of tires means that there are various issues associated with their production.
*While introducing the technology obtained in the development of GT500 tires, we wait as close as possible to each race, take in the latest information such as weather conditions, determine the tire specifications, and create a system that can be produced at once.

About pride as a tire manufacturer
*We don't want to use "pride" word. However, we would like to make an effort so that each user team can feel good about choosing Yokohama.

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Old 13 Sep 2020, 03:49 (Ref:4002076)   #423
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Autosport web Motegi round qualifying analysis.
https://www.as-web.jp/supergt/623592?all

*The key factor for the pole position of the team RunUp (#360) was the heavy weight of the GTR GT3.
*It was a low road surface temperature for the end of September and damp condition.
*Since GTR is heavy, it is highly aggressive to the tires. In other words, the warming up performance is good.
*On the contrary, the lightweight Lotus Evora (#2) went off course in qualifying. It is very difficult to heat the tires with MC.
*Hoppy Tsuchiya (#25), who is second in qualifying, is suitable for Motegi because it is easy to get traction in RR.
*And noteworthy is the Dunlop users. Gainer GTR (#11) marked the top time in Q1 inspite of 100kg success ballast.
*Dunlop introduced a new construction of tires this year.
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Old 13 Sep 2020, 05:41 (Ref:4002080)   #424
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Race day press conference by GTA (Masaaki Bandoh)
https://car.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1276703.html
https://jp.motorsport.com/supergt/ne...-Fuji/4874009/

About GT300, JAF-GT regulations change
*GT300 class has two types of vehicles, JAF-GT and FIA-GT3.
Since JAF-GT is developed with the cooperation of manufacturers,
it will be faster because there is freedom of development.
On the other hand, GT3 is a regulations that you should not touch due to homologation, and you can not speed up unless an updated vehicle comes out.
As for GTA, JAF-GT and FIA-GT3 will not be the same, but we will prepare fair rules.
Regarding the tire replacement rules, it seems that the obligation to replace four tires is excessive, so this time the tire replacement is free. Instead, the aim of this time is to match the refueling speed. And as a compensation, a 25kg weight handicap will be placed on the JAF-GT300.
*Our intention is to have the team develop the machine, and to properly decide the rule that the low downforce spec and the high downforce spec are once a year to balance with FIA-GT3 and produce proper competition.
*Regarding tires, we would like to consider reducing the number of tires brought in next year by making tire replacement mandatory. I want to make a decision while maintaining fairness.

Is there a possible to change the rules in this year?
*I think it is not very desirable to change the rules for each race.

About races with spectators
*At the Fuji Round in October, we will manage the race organizer to have 5,000 spectators.
*Prior to that, a PCR test of 1500 race participants will be conducted.
*The support race FIA-F4 has 34 entries and a maximum of 5 people per team.
*Based on the above efforts, if the upper limit of the number of spectators can be released, I would like to think about more things after the next Suzuka based on that.

About Class 1 future
*A meeting with ITR representative Berger is scheduled for the second half of September.
*Class 1 is a technical regulations, and we recognize that certain parts have already been completed.
*However, common parts supplied by European suppliers may be manufactured in Japan.
*We will continue with the current rules until at least 2023.
Of course, I wanted to continue the joint events with ITR, but it would be a shame if it ended in one time.

*From the 5th round, the number of people involved in the team will be increased to 22.
*For race queens, up to 2 people per team will be allowed.
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Old 13 Sep 2020, 06:24 (Ref:4002083)   #425
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Race day press conference by GTA part.2
https://supergt.net/news/single/20298

*For next year, we would like to limit the update of JAF-GT300, which is currently allowed to be freely developed, to suppress the cost increase due to excessive development.

*Simultaneous PCR testing can be achieved with the cooperation of automobile-related companies. Of course, it costs a lot for the simultaneous inspection, but there was no subsidy from the government or related organizations.
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Team Bandoh (#19) You Tube channel Motegi round race review.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JRQKzo9wJ4

*The weight effect of Motegi is 0.2 seconds per 10kg. (Fuji: 0.1 seconds per 10kg)
*The damage of today's accident is about 15 million yen excluding engine price.
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Shintaro Watanabe (chief engineer of #2) tweets that there is a rumor that BoP weight increase of JAF-GT/MC in Rd.4 was determined based on Rd.3 race results.
He argues that it is the success ballast, not the BoP, that should be decided according to the race results.
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Hoppy Team Tsuchiya Motegi round race report
https://www.as-web.jp/supergt/625580

*The team carried out the private test at Fuji before the Motegi round. (Teams that have not scored points can do a private test.)
*Takamitsu Matsui and Takeshi Tsuchiya drove in the test.
*As a result, despite the used tires, it was about 1 second faster than the race lap of Rd.2 Fuji.
*It's a set-up that emphasizes downforce. However, it is not a setup that increases the angle of the rear wing.
*Takeshi Tsuchiya commented that the Porsche GT3 is not a machine that can be handled by gentleman drivers.
*Unlike the previous 3 rounds, Matsui mainly proceeded with the machine set-up in the Motegi round.
*Motegi, which does not have medium and high speed corners, is a circuit suitable for Porsche.
*In the practice session, the team was able to confirm that the new tires in Yokohama were working properly.
*Matsui passed in 4th place in Q1. Sato won the front row in Q2.
*On the final race day, Sato was chosen as the start driver and the team left him to set up the warm-up session.
*Sato demanded a little more grip, so the team increased the angle of the rear wing a little.
*The height of the rear vehicle was raised to take measures against understeering, too.
*Porsche has a fuel tank located at the front, so it tends to be understeering when fuel is low.
*The team decided to replace only the left tire, as rivals were expected to adopt a fuel-only pit stop strategy.
*Sato made a pit stop on lap 24 and Matsui returned to the race in 4th place.
*However, perhaps the warm-up setup change failed, the car began to tend to understeer.
*Although he temporarily fell to 11th place outside the point range, he finished in 8th place due to trouble with other cars.
*It was the first time for the team to score points, but the post-race meeting lasted a long time.
*The set-up Tsuchiya found did not match the set-up Matsui and Sato felt good.
*The harvest for the team is that Yokohama's new tires are competitive.
*In the next Fuji round, Yokohama will introduce evolved version of the tire.
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According to Ryuichiro Tomita instagram,
Tomita says that one of the reasons he decided to participate in the overseas race was that Hitotsuyama told him that they might quit SGT.
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For sporting events after September 19, the Japanese government has decided to allow spectators within 50% of the capacity if the capacity exceeds 10,000.
https://corona.go.jp/news/pdf/jimurenraku_20200911.pdf
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That's good news, let's see how many go. It will probably take time to pick up the spectators, but next season we should see packed crowds again
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Old Yesterday, 02:20 (Ref:4005232)   #434
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I understand the BMW's decision. To be competitive at Super GT they cannot go with the current spec. Also, I think they will need to have dedicated place in Japan to do stuffs if they go to GT500 (maintenance garage, R&D etc). Those things will need huge amount of investments.

And, involvement in GT500 need huge support from manufacturers, privateers which using BMW DTM car will be lagged behind anyway.
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And, involvement in GT500 need huge support from manufacturers, privateers which using BMW DTM car will be lagged behind anyway.
DTM has no privateers. They are all full works teams. If BMW had any will they could transfer all the marketing money into R&D to compete in GT500. Well, maybe add some more, but not that critical amount. It would all return in media more rapidly then they have today in DTM loosing positions.

Looks like they are afraid of constructors' competition. After years of spec racing in Europe - I suppose - they've lost the spirit required for some open rivalry. And we now see the cost of Berger's word about DTM and GT500 equality. DTM is nowhere near to normal racing machinery, and Berger's words cost nothing.
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