Where: Okayama, Japan. When: 2012-04-01. Author: Cyndie Allemann Team.
Despite challenging weather conditions and some technical issues with the tires, the first race weekend in Japanese Super GT for Cyndie Allemann turned out to be a success with a 9th place finish in the GT300 class, in a 25-car field. This excellent first experience did not go unnoticed with the numerous observers and fans present at Okayama International Circuit.
Furthermore, the Swiss had the honor of taking the start of the race, an experience that is always quite intense in Super GT with its hectic fields.
At the end, her stint was a complete success, even though it was not a walk in the park.“Everything went well – of course, there was a minor contact, but this is racing. The GT500 cars are very aggressive in their passing maneuvers since they’re so much faster than us, so they kind of rule on track – I felt like I was back at Le Mans where I had manage traffic. The positive element is that I have to focus on several points at the same time: my driving, my points of reference, keep a fast rhythm and defend my position in my class.”
Having quickly become the fan favorite in Japan, Cyndie only has good words on her experience with the Japanese fans, but also with her team.“One thing that impressed me was the fact that the grandstands were full – it had been a long time since I raced in front of so many people. It is very good to see that motor racing is well appreciated in Japan, with so many fans, especially many fans who support me and want autographs. It is very promising for the future. Otherwise, I really want to thank the team Hitotsuyama Racing and Zent, as well as my teammate Aki for his support, and the help of the whole team and mechanics, who are also very nice. So a big thanks to them.”
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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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