Monday, August 11, 2014

TRUST Event Coverage from D1GP Rd.3 Autopolis

Qualified #1 Position Tanso, Top 8 Tsuiso Finish
2014 Series Ranking: currently 12th

The 2014 Round 3 of the Gran Turismo D1 Grand Prix series was held at Autopolis on July 26-27th.  The long straight of the the circuit played into the hands of Masato Kawabata and the 1000+hp GReddy 35RX Dspec GT-R of the TRUST Racing X Team Toyo Tires Drift Team.  Debuting a new Artfactory Metallic Blue livery for the event, and coming off a Exhibition match win at the Ken Block Nagoya Experience, Kawabata won the top Qualifying position with a 100.41pt score in the dry.

However Sunday's competition day, again brought bad weather, with rain and fog.  Because of this, the event was shorten to start with a Top16 field of cars.  The first round win came again the Team Mori with Goodyear Athlete in the wet.  In the next round against eventual winner Kunny's, a power-steering issues a raised to stop the day short.  All in all it was a very positive round, which showed the potential of Masato Kawabata in the fairly new R35 Drift car.  Next round is dangerous but exciting Ebisu Circuit in August 23-24. 

Tanso Video from Rd.3
Tsuiso Video from Rd.3