Ladies and Gents, it is once again time to line up your cars and prepare for the challenge ahead, as RES heads into Round 5 at the legendary and prestigious track of Suzuka. Round 4 offered us some amazing wheel-to-wheel action which saw J.Schelstraete and R.Arella take the chequered flag. Several mistakes where made throughout the field as the Slovakiaring offered a surprisingly complex combination of corners to overcome, however it was strategy that ultimately decided the end result.
Now we must look ahead to the next round. The circuit of Suzuka was opened in 1962, after being designed as a test track for Honda. I don't need to tell you that this circuit is well renowned for hosting famous events such as Formula 1, Super GT, Superbikes and perhaps more relevant to us, the 8 hours of Suzuka.
It is clear from the moment you enter the first corner, that your going to be tested. From the moment you reach the end of the pit straight, the circuit assaults your senses in a way that no other circuit can match. The fast flowing corners of sector 1 demand all of a drivers concentration, with gravels traps and menacing walls on the sides ready to claim their next victim. Sector 2 is no different, with gravel waiting patiently on the other side of the track limits as you try to use every millimeter of tarmac. Tight hairpins accompanied by a slippery surface challenge drivers to push the limits of their vehicle, followed once again by the fast flowing sector 3, along with the legendary 130R corner.
But lets take it up a notch, its time to conquer not only the circuit, but all those around you. P2 and GT3 will have to pay careful attention as they both try to navigate their way to the chequered flag. The track narrows and widens unpredictably and errors will cost drivers dearly. Both championships are close in terms of points, meaning every position is cruitial for our competitiors, so the question is can drivers hold their cool? Those looking to close the gap will be laying down everything they have, those leading have everything to lose.
We'll see you at Suzuka this sunday.