In his debut race of the series, Kiwi racer Nick Cassidy drove a solid and consistent race with fellow Japanese Super GT500 endurance driver, Daisuke Ito, this weekend to complete the 300km event at Okayama circuit in eighth place.
Daisuke Ito had qualified the car missing the top 8 in Q2 by just 0.003 seconds.
Despite a high frequency of GT300 class cars sharing track space to contend with, the race was incident free for the pair, Cassidy closing the gap on the car in front by 1 second within his first stint. The 21 year old Aucklander is confident there’s more to come from the Lexus Team TOM’s RC-F and its driver.
“The car felt bullet proof and we had good pace, but there’s much more potential to be unleased. We didn’t secure the crucial track position to be front runners this round, Okayama is notoriously difficult track to pass on so it was difficult to make up places even though we had speed better than our position, but I’m happy with the result for my debut. We have a lot of information to review and that will make us faster for next race.”
“I knew this was going to be a huge learning curve for me compare to Formula3, but I head into round two with more confidence in the car so its eyes forward for Fuji!” Said Cassidy.