Mixed Results for GT Academy Grads & Yamauchi at 2016 Nürburgring Qualifier

Motorsports 14 April 21, 2016 by

Last week we reported that Polyphony Digital’s CEO Kazunori Yamauchi would be returning to the Nürburgring in the lead up to the 2016 ADAC 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Sharing the driving duties of the #101 BMW M6 GT3 with Matias Henkola, George Richardson, and Max Sandritter, Yamauchi was set to participate in the top SP9 class under the Walkenhorst Motorsport banner.

Unfortunately, the qualifying rounds held on April 16th and 17th didn’t produce encouraging results, with Yamauchi’s colleagues ending competition after only 11 laps. While the exact details are unknown at this point in time, you can catch a glimpse of the retired car at the 1:01 mark in the video up top (hat tip to GTP member dogw10). The front splitter shows significant damage, suggesting contact could have put an end to the team’s run.

According to official qualification results issued by the event organizer, car #101 achieved a best lap time of 8:23.308, which would rank the team 12th in the top SP9 class in terms of fastest lap time. A similar destiny befell 2010 GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson – his competition in SP8T, alongside the familiar Schulze brothers in a GT-R, ended after 20 laps.

懐かしいマシンと今年のマシン #Nurburgring #GTR #M6GT3 #Walkenhorst #Schulzemotorsport

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On the plus side, 2013 GT Academy winner Florian Strauss ranked 6th overall with team Zakspeed at his side. The GT Academy team RJN car (#35 GT-R GT3, operated by Lucas Ordonez, Michael Krumm, Kazuki Hoshino, and Alex Buncombe) scored 10th place overall.

The main event – the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24H race proper – kicks off on the 28th of May.

Feature image borrowed from Junichiro Nakata’s Instagram.

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