CASSIDY WINS OPENER

NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

Last is­sue we re­ported that Kiwi wheel­man Nick Cassidy would team up with Ja­panese driver Ryo Hi­rakawa to contest the Su­per GT Cham­pi­onship for team TOM’S in a Lexus LC 500. The sea­son could not have kicked off bet­ter for Cassidy, af­ter a bril­liant drive by the Kiwi se­cured the round one win at Okayama. “We knew we had a great chance com­ing into the weekend, the con­fi­dence was there, but the con­di­tions were so dif­fer­ent from when we were fastest in test­ing here,” said the Auck­lan­der and two-time Toy­ota Rac­ing Se­ries Cham­pion.

“I still can’t be­lieve that we won. The feel­ing is sim­ply amaz­ing,” he said. “It’s so dif­fi­cult to over­take here, so I attacked from lap one.”

The cham­pi­onship now moves to Fuji Speed­way, where the car will have to carry 40kg weight bal­last as a penalty for win­ning, the aim be­ing to keep the rac­ing as close as pos­si­ble.

They live stream the events, so to check out the se­ries, and the young Kiwi in ac­tion, get your Google on.

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