GMT94 YAMAHA TAKE TITLE SUCCESS
While a battle was raging at the front for the honours of lifting the 40th Suzuka Eight Hour crown, there was also the small matter of the Endurance World Championship title, with Suzuki Endurance Racing Team coming into the final round of the 2016-17 season with a single-point lead over GMT94 Yamaha.
However, after a difficult weekend in Japan for the French Suzuki team, it was their countrymen GMT94 who took top honours at the end of the race, taking a strong eleventh place at the flag to secure enough points for their third world championship victory.
But with only a handful of the permanent championship teams heading to Suzuka, team boss Christophe Guyot admitted after the race that the goal of the weekend has simply been to do their own thing in the quest for the title.
“It was not possible to battle with our permanent rivals because the title was too important,” he said. The only focus was to check on them so we did a safe race. We had some little problems with the electronics but that is racing and we are lucky because we didn’t have any problems before today, apart from a little stop-and-go penalty! We have the world championship title in our pocket and after three consecutive race wins I think we did well.”