Where: Okayama, Japan. When: 2012-03-18. Author: Cyndie Allemann Team.
It was a dressed rehearsal for Cyndie Allemann this weekend as she took part of the Japanese Super GT Series pre-season official test at Okayama International Circuit. After signing a contract for an Audi R8 LMS driving seat with Hitotsuyama Racing last month, it was the first chance for the motor racing star from Switzerland to taste the Super GT experience, and meet competitors and fans alike.
Even more important, Cyndie still had to pass the very strict Super GT rookie test – a necessary step to be allowed to race in the prestigious series. She passed this test on her very first attempt, despite the difficult and treacherous weather conditions, clocking the mandatory ten laps all faster than a minimum set time.
The celebrations were very short for the hard-working Swiss as she spent the rest of the weekend learning the twisty Okayama track, as well as getting to know her new Audi R8 LMS. On Sunday, she was joined by her new teammate Akihiro Tsuzuki for further tests and making even more laps on the Okayama International Circuit, in prevision for the opening round of the Super GT Series in two weeks at the same track.“In general, my test program went well and I’m progressively getting better – my experience in GT racing is not really big, after all. In addition, it was a new team for me, as well as a new car and a new track, so I took it one step at a time in order to get better track performance. With my teammate Aki, I was able to do some good testing, with tires tests and see the difference between the different types of compounds – that was very interesting, incidentally, as I didn’t think that there was that many differences.” “In terms of performances, I reached all the goals that I set, but it is clear that there is still a lot of work before getting to the top-3. Little by little, I’m starting to understand the car, but we must still get better to find the right setups on the R8 LMS, because we still have some understeer issues. But all in all, those tests have been quite positive to prepare the first race of the season in two weeks.”
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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.
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