Where: Shizuoka, Japan. When: 2012-02-10. Author: Cyndie Allemann Team.
The 2012 season was already getting busy for Cyndie Allemann, and it will be even more with a proposition that was as fast than unexpected of a racing program in the Super GT series. In a mere two weeks, the motor racing star from Switzerland has seen her life changed in a major way: after the decision of the i1 Super Series to rescheduled its launch to 2013, she received an offer from the Hitotsuyama Racing team to participate in the prestigious Super GT championship in Japan. She will partner with Akihiro Tsuzuki on the first Audi R8 LMS of the team, in the GT300 class.
First invited to take part of a test on February 8 on the technical Fuji Speedway, Cyndie really made an impression on the team with her personality, her professional approach and her technical knowledge. But above all, she surprised the team owners and engineers with her immediate on-track speed: in cold weather conditions and with a brand new car for her, Cyndie took only 10 laps to be in the fast reference times. Thanks to her performance, she received a contract on the spot by the team owners.
Right from the start, the Hitotsuyama Racing team has offered all its support and experience to Cyndie, with its impressive professional approach. Team owner Mr. Mikio Hitotsuyama was the first to announce the good news to Cyndie, immediately as she got out of the car after the afternoon test session:“Cyndie drove our Audi R8 LMS very well and we could watch her become more and more at ease with the car. She has already made enough lap times for us to make a final decision. I am totally certain that she can succeed in Japan. Not only she is fast, but also she is fan friendly. We want to race with Cyndie!”
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About Cyndie Allemann
Cyndie Allemann: a World class driver, top athlete and brand ambassador. Always a fan favorite, whether in Europe, in the USA and now in Japan, 26 years old Cyndie Allemann was literally born for speed.
Her 19-year racing career has seen her compete at the highest levels in many different series and tracks around the World: karting (winning the European junior title when she was only thirteen), open-wheel (EuroF3, Indy Lights, etc.), GT (FIA-GT1 World Championship) and endurance racing (GT1 podium at Spa in the Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans, etc.). In 2012, she races in the Japan Super GT Series with the Hitotsuyama Racing team on the Audi R8 LMS.
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About the Super GT series
Born 20 years ago under the name of All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC), the Super GT is the most prestigious auto racing GT series in Japon and Asia. With its two classes (GT300 and GT500), Super GT races are highly competitive with more than 40 regular car entrants. The series is authorized by the FIA and many teams get official support from car manufacturers.
For more info on the Super GT series, visit the series web site at: