Kazunori Yamauchi & Team Take Class Victory at 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hours

Motorsports 123 June 26, 2011 by

Kazunori Yamauchi, the father of Gran Turismo, and his teammates Tobias Schulze, Michael Schulze, and Opera Performance founder Yasuyoshi Yamamoto, finished first-in-class in the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hours! It was a dramatic race for Team Schulze, who were forced to spend a concerning amount of time in the pits addressing mechanical issues with their race-modified Nissan GT-R.

Despite the setbacks, fast, consistent driving brought the team a class victory, with Kazunori himself bringing the car across the finish line. The team finished 36th overall (official results here), completing 134 laps in 24 hours, 2 minutes, and 26.9 seconds, with a fastest lap time of 9:17.707 around the extended, 24-hour circuit. Congratulations to Yamauchi-san and Schulze Motorsport!

Due to the scale and media coverage of the event, few pictures or videos of the team are available just yet. For now, enjoy this video of the team’s GT-R in action early Sunday morning, captured by YouTuber Mawitu23.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qrUfFpzTd8

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