GT3 / 09 November 2020
Points finish keeps NSX GT3 Evo crew in Super GT title contention
Toshiki Oyu and Nobuharu Matsushita kept ARTA's hopes of a second straight GT300 title alive with a hard-fought eighth place as Super GT returned to Motegi.
With Oyu's regular co-driver Shinichi Takagi's season ended by injuries sustained in a Super Taikyu crash last weekend, the youngster was joined by GP2 and Formula 2 race winner Matsushita at Motegi.
The pair qualified 12th, hampered by 57kg compensation weight applied to their NSX GT3 Evo that made their car the third most-heavily ballasted on the grid.
Oyu remains in contention for the Drivers' title in sixth place overall while ARTA - fourth in the Teams' standings - can still win a second straight crown at the Fuji finale.
Drago Corse duo Ryo Michigami and Jake Parsons started from 11th place on the grid and were battling hard for 10th place and the final point when final-lap contact caused Parsons to drop to 14th.
That put them just ahead of Team UPGARAGE pair Kosuke Matsuura and Takashi Kobayashi, who started ninth and finished 16th.
All three cars were competing as part of the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Programme; a global collaborative project with JAS Motorsport responsible for assembly of all cars.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) and M-TEC handle sales and technical support in North America and Japan respectively, with JAS responsible for these areas across the rest of the world.