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:

Apr 222020
 

Goodsmile Racing recently broadcasted several announcements in a live stream on their YouTube Channel. Unlike their previous live streams where everyone is together, the stream was mostly broadcasted through video calls to practice social distancing because of the current situation that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the pandemic, the first half of the Super GT season had to be postponed to later dates in hope that the situation improves.

The opening race at Okayama has been postponed to 11th and 12th of July, Fuji has been postponed to 8th and 9th of August, Sugo has been postponed to 12th and 13th of September, while Suzuka, Thailand and Sepang (Malaysia) are still yet to be confirmed. Autopolis and Motegi are expected to run on their initial scheduled dates.

An illustration was published by LEN[A-7] on the 10th of April as the opening race was supposed to happen on that weekend, but instead the team encouraged fans to stay home to help reduce the spread of the virus.

A new “Tropical” version of the 2020 Racing Miku has been announced sporting the usual tan to cheer on the team for the oversea races in Thailand and Malaysia under the blazing humid tropical weather.

A collaboration with Super Sonico has been announced with Super Sonico also wearing the 2020 racing outfit with an illustration by 津路参汰 (ニトロプラス)

And to conclude the stream, a new theme song for 2020 was announced, called “Burning!!” written and composed by DIVELA, who is most known for winning the 2018 Magical Mirai Song Contest with METEOR. You can listen to the theme song at the end of the stream.

Dec 212019
 

Goodsmile Racing announced their entry for the 2020 Super GT season at their End of Year Party. The team remains the same with Aki Takanori as Team Owner, Ukyo Katayama as Team Director, Kono Takao as Chief Engineer, Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka as the drivers, and Kamui Kobayashi as their third driver for the 10 Hours of Suzuka that the team will also take part in for 2020. The team will be getting a new car for 2020 as they planned on selling their current car to a lucky fan. The new car they will be using is the new Mercedes-AMG GT3.

The next Racing Miku has also been announced with illustrations by LEN[A-7]. The same artist who did the visuals for Magical Mirai 2016. The Nendoroid designed has also been announced and is on display at their end of year party.

 

Goodsmile Racing will also be exhibiting at Anime Matsuri at Houston, Texas, USA from the 9th to the 12th of July 2020

 

The livery for the Hatsune Miku AMG will be revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon from 10th to the 12th of January 2020.

Until then.

 

Nov 052019
 

Goodsmile Racing finished the season finale of Super GT at the Twin Ring Motegi in 5th position after struggling during the qualifying session the previous day and were out of championship contention as they failed to secure pole position. The team qualified in 7th.

The race went underway with the #4 Hatsune Miku AMG overtaking the #33 EVA Nissan GT-R at the start of the race. There were overtakes here and there as teams have been let go of all their success ballast in the shortest race of the season at only 250 kilometres or 53 laps.

The #12 Calsonic Impul GT-R suffered an engine failure on the 15th lap forcing the car to retire. No Safety car was deployed.

As the race reached its halfway point, teams started to do their pit stops. This would play an important role to the position of when cars would come out of the pitlane especially with a championship at risk in both categories.

While the #55 ARTA NSX GT3 was sitting comfortably in a good position to win the championship. Meanwhile in GT500 the fight was still on for the championship with the #37 Keeper TOM’s LC500 leading the race and the #6 WAKO’s LC500 needing at least 2nd place to secure the championship. The latter would then overtake the #36 au TOM’s after a late lunge and both cars going off the track.

In the end, the #37 Keeper TOM’s won the race but the #6 WAKO’s won the championship in the GT500 category by just 2 points. Meanwhile in GT300 the #65 Leon AMG was hoping for a third consecutive win at Motegi but suddenly, the car slowed down as it was reaching the finish line. The car has run out of fuel! And the #11 Gainer TANAX GT-R snatched the win from them! The #55 ARTA NSX would secure the championship finishing in fourth place followed by the #4 Miku AMG in fifth place.

Goodsmile Racing has placed 4th in the drivers’ championship standing. It was still an impressive finish even after struggling with race pace and strategies. ARTA has got their redemption after losing to the title last year to Leon. A provisional 2020 calendar was unveiled which would see the return of the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the first time since 2013 and will be Super GT’s first ever night race.

The season may be over but there will be one more race which is the Super GT x DTM Dream Race where GT500 cars would once again take on the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters that is happening on the 23rd and 24th of November at Fuji International Speedway. This is a non-championship race, so it does not affect the standings. GT300s will also be racing in a separate support race during the weekend.

Until then, Fight GSR!

Sep 252019
 

Goodsmile Racing Finishes 2nd after a wild wet race at Sportsland Sugo. The #4 Hatsune Miku AMG qualified in 6th while the #61 Subaru BRZ set the fastest track record in GT300 taking them to pole position during qualifying.

The race started under the Safety Car as the whole track was wet. There was a mix of teams racing with dry slick tyres and wet threaded tyres as teams gambled whether the track would dry up or not. The race went underway on the third lap with teams on the wet tyres overtaking the team on the dry tyres that were struggling for grip on the wet track.

The #4 Miku AMG would catch up to 4th place overtaking the cars with slick tyres. There were overtakes and spins all over the track, as Miku would take on the Evangelion Unit 01 that is the #33 EVA Nissan GT-R. The Miku AMG would overtake the EVA GT-R and would chase the #56 Realize GT-R overtaking it at the chicane just like the EVA some few laps ago.

The #4 Miku AMG would then chase the #55 ARTA NSX GT3 for the lead but right behind them was GT300’s reigning champions the #65 Leon AMG. The battle for 2nd place would last for about 25 or so laps until Leon’s Bridgestone tyres would take advantage over Miku’s Yokohama tyres and would overtake Miku for second place.

Halfway through the race, the safety car would deploy when the #12 Calsonic Impul GT-R beached itself in the gravel. The top 3 GT300 cars (ARTA, Leon and Miku) would stop for their mandatory pit stop before the safety car deployed.

The race would restart on Lap 43 where Miku and Leon would return to their battle from where they left off. The Miku AMG would take back the position back from the Leon AMG from around the outside of the final turn.

The Miku AMG would catch up to the ARTA NSX where they kept on battling for the lead while lapping other GT300 cars and moving out of the way for the GT500 cars, until the latter was able to fend off Miku until they started making a gap as the race reached the closing stages and eventually winning the race with Miku finishing 2nd place just 15 seconds behind the leading car.

Goodsmile Racing has jumped to 3rd place in the championship standing. But in order for the team to win the championship they must win the race and secure pole position in qualifying as well as should ARTA place 11th or below and K-Tunes placing 3rd or below.

The next race which would be the season finale will be at Twin Ring Motegi on the 2nd and 3rd of November. Who will be the new Super GT champions of 2019? Anything can happen.

Until then, Fight GSR!