The SUPER GT series finally has three races to go in the 2022 season. The GT500 class is a hard-fought series where the standings change every time, but at the end of Round 5 of Suzuka, the #12 CALSONIC IMPUL Z ( Kazuki Hiramine/Bertrand Bucket) took the lead.
In the 450km race contested at Suzuka, it is still fresh in our minds that they came from the back of the field and came back from behind to win the championship. He finished 3rd in round 2 at Fuji, and in round 4 at Fuji he fought for the win and finished 2nd, making it his third podium finish of the season.
Of course, the constant aggressiveness of the Hiramine and Bucket drivers in the race is a big factor, but at the same time the strength of the team is also increasing, which also supports this rapid progression.
After winning at Suzuka, manager Kazuyoshi Hoshino said, “I want to present this win to Calsonic. Anyway, I just wanted to report some good news.” What was highlighted was the growth in Members of the team.
In this race, the safety car was introduced due to an accident in the second half of the race. With that, he jumped up to 3rd in a jiffy and created an opportunity for a win from behind.
“Things like this are partly down to luck, but when something like this happens it’s wonderful to be able to quickly give ‘BOX!’ instructions! However, the math around it was amazing this time. “
The team had a meeting ahead of time, and it looks like it was an assumed strategy, but when the accident happened, they were racing just before entering the 130R. The decision was made in seconds and the mechanics did a perfect job without panicking.