DamianLow_97

A Vocaloid fan from Singapore since 2015, as well as a fan of motorsports and Virtual YouTubers. Damian joined MikuFan.com in 2019 as a writer. You can follow him on Twitter at @DamianLow_97.

Oct 042020
 

Goodsmile Racing finished their 100th race in 8th position at the fifth round of Super GT at Fuji Speedway. Prior to the race on the previous day the team qualified in 9th position to determine their starting position for the race.

The race started off with drama even before the GT300 cars began racing when the #3 Craftsports GT-R spun the #16 Mugen NSX around bringing out the safety car as debris was littered onto the track including the bonnet of the GT-R who had to pullover and retire from the race.

The race restarted on the 5th lap and the #4 Hatsune Miku AMG would fight her way up to 7th until their mandatory pitstop and driver change. The team opted to change all four of their tyres.

The race ended with the #39 Denso Supra winning the race in GT500 and the #56 Realize GT-R winning in GT300. The #4 Miku AMG would finish in 8th after falling behind as low as 12th, but eventually fought back into points scoring position.

With 3 points scored in this race, Goodsmile Racing currently stands in 13th in the drivers’ standings. The next race will be at Suzuka International Circuit on the 24th and 25th of October.

The full race can be seen on ‘The Race’ YouTube Channel.

 

Oct 022020
 

This weekend will be Goodsmile Racing’s 100th race in Super GT. The team has been participating in the racing series since 2008 as a “Racing Team Driven by Fans” with their unique Personal Sponsorship System. Throughout their career, the team has won 9 races and 3 championships being one of the most successful Super GT teams in the GT300 category.

To commemorate their 100th race, a special website has been made with illustrations of every Racing Miku drawn by different illustrators.

An art gallery will be held in Tokyo and Osaka with the Racing Miku illustrations exhibited and the sale of original merchandise as well.

The exhibition will take place at the Akiba CO Gallery in Tokyo from the 20th to the 29th November, and at the Animate store at Nihonbashi in Osaka from the 28th November to 13th December.

And lastly, there will be a fanart contest in collaboration with piapro to commemorate the 100th race. The winner will get a 1/8 Scale Figure of the 2020 Racing Miku and their artwork exhibited in Tokyo and Osaka.

Until then, we wish the team good luck on their 100th race at Super GT this weekend at Fuji Speedway on the 3rd and 4th of October.
Fight, GSR!

Commemorative website → https://special.goodsmile.info/hatsunemiku_gt/
Fanart Contest details → https://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/racingmiku_gt100/detail

Sep 142020
 

Goodsmile Racing finishes in 9th position at the fourth round of Super GT at the Twin Ring Motegi. Qualifying on the previous day was split into two groups in GT300. The second group would be unlucky as rain poured down onto the track and the #4 Hatsune Miku AMG who was part of the second group were eliminated in the first session placing 18th for the start of the race.

The race started off clean until the #87 JLOC Lamborghini Huracan side-swiped the #8 ARTA NSX causing the former to spin off the track and collide with the #19 WedsSport Supra. The safety car was deployed to clear the cars and debris off the track. Another collision shortly followed during the safety car with the #7 Studie BMW M6 driving into the back of the #22 R’Qs AMG forcing both to retire from the race. The race restarted on the 15th lap.

The safety car would then be deployed again on the 46th lap when the teammates of the #36 au TOM’s and #37 Keeper TOM’s collided leaving debris on the track. It was back to racing on the 51st lap.

The race ended after 63 laps with the #17 KEIHIN NSX taking their second win this season in GT500 followed by the #65 Leon AMG winning in GT300. The #4 Miku AMG crossed the finish line in 10th place but was moved up to 9th position after the #56 Realize GT-R was given a 30 second time penalty post-race due to an infraction during their pit stop.

With only 2 points scored, Goodsmile Racing now stands 15th in the drivers’ standing as we are now halfway through the Super GT season. The team has got a lot of catching up to do if they want to be fighting for the championship.

The next race will be back at Fuji Speedway for the third time this season on the 3rd and 4th of October.

The full race can be seen on The Race YouTube channel:

Aug 242020
 

Goodsmile Racing finishes in 8th position after a chaotic race at the Suzuka International Circuit. The team placed 19th in qualifying after being eliminated in the first session prior to the race.

The race started with drama on the first lap when the #61 Subaru BRZ and #30 apr Toyota Prius collided causing the latter to crash into the foam barriers forcing them out of the race triggering the safety car. Just as the race restarts the #16 Mugen NSX collides with the barriers with their rear left tyre missing and retiring from the race.

Halfway into the race the safety car was deployed again when the bonnet of the #24 Realize GT-R came off onto the track. As the race restarted, most of the teams including the #4 Hatsune Miku AMG have pitted for their driver change and new tyres.

As the race was on it’s final laps, more drama started to unfold with GT300’s reigning champions the #55 ARTA NSX GT3 colliding with the #56 Realize GT-R forcing both cars off the track shortly followed the former having to pull over after their radiator failed.

As the cars were on their final lap the #61 Subaru BRZ would get involved with another contact, this time with the #65 Leon AMG crashing and spinning, but the battle for 3rd place was still up for grabs as the #2 Lotus Evora MC snatched the position overtaking both the BRZ and the GT-R around the spoon curve.

The race was over in GT500 with the #23 Nismo Motul Autech GT-R taking victory, but it wasn’t over yet in GT300 and the #56 Realize GT-R spins after colliding with the #10 Gainer GT-R. But in the end, it was the #11 Gainer TANAX GT-R who finished in GT300.

The #4 Miku AMG would finish in 8th place scoring 3 points for the team but remains in 13th in the drivers’ standing. The next race will be at the Twin Ring Motegi on the 12th and 13th of September.

The full race can be re-watched on The Race YouTube channel:

Aug 102020
 

Goodsmile Racing finishes 27th at the second round of Super GT at Fuji Speedway after a series of unfortunate events occurred in the later stages of the race. Prior to the race, the team placed 10th during the qualifying session which would be the position they would start in for the race.

The race started earlier than usual and the #4 Hatsune Miku AMG would gain some positions on the first few laps. There have been a rule change to pitstops where all teams must change all four of their tyres which would prevent teams from doing fuel only race strategies. The team decided to pit on the 21st lap.

The first incident of the race took place on the 36th lap when the leading GT500 car, the #8 ARTA NSX-GT spun on it’s out-lap shortly after their pitstop and getting stuck on the kerb. The safety car was not deployed as the car’s engine was still running so a recovery vehicle pulled them out so they could get back on track.

Things were looking steady for the #4 Miku AMG until she suddenly took an urgent pit stop. The front left tyre has failed and they had no choice to pit in for new tyres. The team tried to fight back for position setting the fastest lap in it’s class in the process only to result with another trip to the pitstop with the same front left tyre failing with only 7 laps to go. The team would leave the pit in last place of 27th position.

The race ended after 66 laps with the #17 Keihin NSX crossing the finish line taking victory in GT500 while the #2 Syntium Lotus Evora MC takes victory in GT300 for the first time since their last win in 2010.

As Goodsmile Racing scored no points in this race, the team has dropped to 13th place in the drivers’ standing. What would have been a steady race ended up with unfortunate events caused by tyre failures. The next race will be at the Suzuka International Circuit on the 22nd and 23rd of August.

Full race replay can be seen here: