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Asahi Suzuka azuma
Event 1 of 7 in Nihon Tour
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Date Thursday, 7th February 2013
Venue Suzuka Circuit, Japan Japan
Entrants 23
Races 3
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The opening event of the Nihon Tour saw the first official racing of 2013 take place. This was the first event to feature mixed lobbies, rather than the tiered lobby system used since the start of season five.

The event saw a record equalling 23 drivers take part, among them five newcomers making their racing debuts; Blairy, Kirky56, KoopaTroopa14, Pyjames91 and ZeroxDeathAngel - the latter being the first American driver to start a Really Rubbish Race. This is the highest number of simultaneous debuts ever seen in the club.

There would in fact have been six drivers making their debut, but sadly CyberSamurai was unable to connect to either lobby.

Round 1 - Feature Race

Round 1 - Feature Race
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West Circuit
Distance 16 laps 34.4 miles
Pole Position
Driver/Team United Kingdom Adam Smith United Kingdom Black Raptors
Time 1:29.150
Fastest Lap
Driver/Team United Kingdom Adam Smith United Kingdom Black Raptors
Time 1:28.438
Podium
First United Kingdom Adam Smith United Kingdom Black Raptors
Second United Kingdom Lee Harrison Japan Goteki House
Third Kernow Dan Thorn Europe The Indypendables

Summary

The Nihon Tour got underway at the Suzuka circuit. The most notable absence was current champion and #1 Shouty. This left Smifaye, Flob, and new boy Blairy to battle it out for pole. Smifaye just pipped them to pole by 0.483 of a second.

The race was full of changes of position with some drivers out of position due to a poor qualifying, in particular Bookoi and TommyB who qualified 19th and 20th respectively. Bookoi managed to make his way through the field with some great overtaking moves and got himself into the points before too long. Tommy however wasn't as fortunate and was struggling with his new Veloster. Out in the front Smifaye was building a good lead over DanThorn in Lobby 1 with Flob inbetween the two racing in Lobby 2.

The new racers got off to a good start, particularly Blairy and Kirky. Blairy found himself in a podium position before he gave in to the pressure of Dan and Ajokay. However no one could stop Smifaye from taking the perfect result, pole, fastest lap, leading every lap, and the win.

Qualifying Results

Pos No Driver Team Car Lobby Time Diff.
1 55 United Kingdom Adam Smith United Kingdom Black Raptors Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 1:29.150
2 7 United Kingdom Lee Harrison Japan Goteki House Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 1:29.633 +0.483
3 11 England Liam Blair England BLAIR|one South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1 1:29.637 +0.487
4 802 Kernow Dan Thorn Europe The Indypendables South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1 1:29.987 +0.837
5 75 County Derry Niall O'Connell Spain PSP Motorsports Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 1:30.372 +1.222
6 9 United Kingdom Sam Hirani Sealand Firecruiser Racing Team Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 1:30.348 +1.333
7 23 England Alex Odell United Kingdom POWA South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 1:30.661 +1.511
8 45 Republic of Ireland PJ Tierney Japan Goteki House Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 1:30.743 +1.593
9 959 United Kingdom Ben Cooper Sweden B13 Racing Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 1:30.970 +1.820
10 6 United Kingdom Kirky56 United Kingdom CJK Racing Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 1:31.174 +2.024
11 777 Yorkshire Ben Haddleton Sealand Firecruiser Racing Team Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 1:31.331 +2.181
12 149 Nottinghamshire Dave Morley United Kingdom Monolith Motorsport South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1 1:32.010 +2.860
13 17 United Kingdom Jay Cooper United Kingdom Jayvoury Racing South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 1:32.041 +2.891
14 85 Europe Matt Davies Spain PSP Motorsports Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 1:32.249 +3.099
15 203 United States of America ZeroxDeathAngel Sweden B13 Racing Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 1:32.324 +3.174
16 30 United Kingdom Connell United Kingdom TK GP South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 1:33.744 +4.594
17 3 United Kingdom Noel Slevin United Kingdom Forza Noelinho South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 1:33.970 +4.820
18 5 Lancashire Tom Collantine United Kingdom ATTK Motorsport Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 1:37.102 +7.952
19 71 United Kingdom Pete Walker United Kingdom POWA South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 1:30.334 +1.184
20 33 United Kingdom Tom Bellingham Europe The Indypendables South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 1:30.945 +1.795
21 78 United Kingdom James Price-Harper Kent CLM Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 1:33.719 +4.569
22 04 England Ian Aldridge United Kingdom Shout-E-Motoring South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 1:34.224 +5.074

Times in italics indicate a dirty lap time

Race Classification

Pos No Driver Team Car Lobby Time/Retired Points
1 55 United Kingdom Adam Smith United Kingdom Black Raptors Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 23:51.167 25
2 7 United Kingdom Lee Harrison Japan Goteki House Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +6.904 21
3 802 Kernow Dan Thorn Europe The Indypendables South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1 +8.960 18
4 23 England Alex Odell United Kingdom POWA South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +12.009 16
5 11 England Liam Blair England BLAIR|one South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1 +15.013 14
6 75 County Derry Niall O'Connell Spain PSP Motorsports Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 +16.898 12
7 9 United Kingdom Sam Hirani Sealand Firecruiser Racing Team Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 +18.233 10
8 45 Republic of Ireland PJ Tierney Japan Goteki House Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 +24.333 9
9 71 United Kingdom Pete Walker United Kingdom POWA South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +27.218 8
10 17 United Kingdom Jay Cooper United Kingdom Jayvoury Racing South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +27.964 7
11 6 United Kingdom Kirky56 United Kingdom CJK Racing Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +33.035 6
12 959 United Kingdom Ben Cooper Sweden B13 Racing Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 +39.832 5
13 85 Europe Matt Davies Spain PSP Motorsports Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +42.782 4
14 149 Nottinghamshire Dave Morley United Kingdom Monolith Motorsport South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1 +44.070 3
15 203 United States of America ZeroxDeathAngel Sweden B13 Racing Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +50.745 2
16 5 Lancashire Tom Collantine United Kingdom ATTK Motorsport Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +51.072 1
17 777 Yorkshire Ben Haddleton Sealand Firecruiser Racing Team Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 +51.851
18 33 United Kingdom Tom Bellingham Europe The Indypendables South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +56.466
19 3 United Kingdom Noel Slevin United Kingdom Forza Noelinho South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +1:11.769
20 78 United Kingdom James Price-Harper Kent CLM Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +1:18.384
21 04 England Ian Aldridge United Kingdom Shout-E-Motoring South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +1:18.567
22 30 United Kingdom Connell United Kingdom TK GP South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +1:29.099

Image Gallery

Event 1 Big Shot - the field rounds the hairpin on the first lap.
Lobby 1 get the Nihon Tour underway
Lobby 2 approach 130R for the first time
The second corner was always going to be tricky
Crowding at the Hairpin
Rookies... rookies everywhere
Ajokay loses his lead to Flobadob on the second lap
Dan passes Blairy on the first lap but can do nothing about eventual winner Smifaye
Smifaye leads Dan through Degner 1
ZeroxDeathAngel used Dig!
It's super effective!
Not him again!

Round 2 - Sprint Race

Round 2 - Sprint Race
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West Circuit
Distance 10 laps 21.5 miles
Fastest Lap
Driver/Team United Kingdom Pete Walker United Kingdom POWA
Time 1:29.466
Podium
First United Kingdom Sam Hirani Sealand Firecruiser Racing Team
Second United Kingdom Tom Bellingham Europe The Indypendables
Third England Liam Blair England BLAIR|one

Race Summary

The grid was determined by reverse results order which really benefited some drivers. At one point in Lobby 1 drivers were 5 wide and surprisingly no one died! Fantastic driving was seen throughout the field.

Smifaye and PJ made there way through the field together but could not quite get close enough to Dan Thorn who had made the most of the first few laps. It was Kimster though who led the field from Tommy in Lobby 2. Kimster held on to take his first ever Forza win. Fastest lap went to Bookoi.

  • Indypendables 100th race*

Race Classification

Pos No Driver Team Car Lobby Time/Retired Points
1 9 United Kingdom Sam Hirani Sealand Firecruiser Racing Team Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 15:06.761 25
2 33 United Kingdom Tom Bellingham Europe The Indypendables South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +3.699 21
3 11 England Liam Blair England BLAIR|one South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1 +6.681 18
4 71 United Kingdom Pete Walker United Kingdom POWA South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +7.655 16
5 802 Kernow Dan Thorn Europe The Indypendables South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1 +7.934 14
6 55 United Kingdom Adam Smith United Kingdom Black Raptors Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 +8.405 12
7 45 Republic of Ireland PJ Tierney Japan Goteki House Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 +8.862 10
8 75 County Derry Niall O'Connell Spain PSP Motorsports Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 +9.972 9
9 23 England Alex Odell United Kingdom POWA South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +15.542 8
10 17 United Kingdom Jay Cooper United Kingdom Jayvoury Racing South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +16.258 7
11 149 Nottinghamshire Dave Morley United Kingdom Monolith Motorsport South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 1 +19.705 6
12 6 United Kingdom Kirky56 United Kingdom CJK Racing Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +21.531 5
13 7 United Kingdom Lee Harrison Japan Goteki House Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +21.664 4
14 959 United Kingdom Ben Cooper Sweden B13 Racing Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 +23.824 3
15 78 United Kingdom James Price-Harper Kent CLM Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +24.316 2
16 203 United States of America ZeroxDeathAngel Sweden B13 Racing Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +24.588 1
17 777 Yorkshire Ben Haddleton Sealand Firecruiser Racing Team Japan Honda Civic Type R 1 +25.508
18 85 Europe Matt Davies Spain PSP Motorsports Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +30.065
19 3 United Kingdom Noel Slevin United Kingdom Forza Noelinho South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +32.754
20 5 Lancashire Tom Collantine United Kingdom ATTK Motorsport Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +33.024
21 04 England Ian Aldridge United Kingdom Shout-E-Motoring South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 2 +34.025
22 30 United Kingdom Connell United Kingdom TK GP Japan Honda Civic Type R 2 +51.477

† Includes 8 second penalty for DimensioN Flip on lap three

Image Gallery

Dan celebrates the Indypendables 100th race by being sideways
Five cars, one piece of track. Somehow, no one died...
...and Dan took four places in one corner on his way to fifth overall
Smifaye and PJ catching up with the rest of the field.
TommyB lead Lobby 2 from turn one to the finish
All aboard the Mr E train!
nOc75 managed to jump 3 places in one corner.
Blairy manages to finish on the podium in his second race.

Clio Cup Round 1

Clio Cup Round 1
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West Circuit
Distance 9 laps 19.35 miles
Fastest Lap
Driver/Team United Kingdom Adam Smith United Kingdom Black Raptors
Time 1:33.453
Podium
First United Kingdom Adam Smith United Kingdom Black Raptors
Second England Alex Odell Hertfordshire Ajokay Motorsport
Third United Kingdom Lee Harrison Japan Goteki House

Race Summary

The second ever running of an RRR support series saw the drivers take control of the Renault Sport Clio V6 machine and boy was it difficult to control. Points for the support series go down to 20th place so lots was up for grabs. It was the usual suspects at the front with Smifaye leading the way. Blairy surprised people by not transferring his pace from the Nihon Tour cars to the Clios. He was running in the midfield for much of the race and ended in 11th place.

Icthyes made his racing return and was running in 1st place for a couple of laps. Don Mateo was having a good race and showing some good speed battling to get into the top 10. Ajokay was leading Lobby 2 and was unsure of how quick the leading driver was in Lobby 1. The Ajokay Motorsport driver narrowly missed out on the win by 2.020 seconds with Smifaye taking the win and fastest lap.

Race Classification

Pos No Driver Team Lobby Time/Retired Points
1 55 United Kingdom Adam Smith United Kingdom Black Raptors 1 14:27.556 30
2 23 England Alex Odell Hertfordshire Ajokay Motorsport 2 +2.020 27
3 7 United Kingdom Lee Harrison Japan Goteki House 2 +10.421 24
4 45 Republic of Ireland PJ Tierney Japan Goteki House 1 +12.374 22
5 9 United Kingdom Sam Hirani Sealand Firecruiser Racing Team 1 +12.634 20
6 802 Kernow Dan Thorn Kernow Kernowsport 1 +14.464 18
7 33 United Kingdom Tom Bellingham United Kingdom Peachy-Bee Grand Pree 2 +17.752 16
8 75 County Derry Niall O'Connell Republic of Ireland Westlander Racing 1 +18.934 14
9 71 United Kingdom Pete Walker United Kingdom JemTech Racing 2 +23.667 12
10 12 Greece Niko Gouloumis Greece SpyroTechnimata 1 +25.664 11
11 11 England Liam Blair England BLAIR|one 1 +27.293 10
12 85 Europe Matt Davies United Kingdom Team Diablo 2 +27.731 9
13 17 United Kingdom Jay Cooper United Kingdom Jayvoury Racing 2 +28.182 8
14 3 United Kingdom Noel Slevin United Kingdom Forza Noelinho 2 +30.160 7
15 149 Nottinghamshire Dave Morley United Kingdom Monolith Motorsport 1 +31.456 6
16 777 Yorkshire Ben Haddleton Sealand Firecruiser Racing Team 1 +34.729 5
17 203 United States of America ZeroxDeathAngel Sweden B13 Racing 2 +35.629 4
18 6 United Kingdom Kirky56 United Kingdom CJK Racing 2 +36.298 3
19 78 United Kingdom James Price-Harper Kent CLM 2 +38.611 2
20 5 Lancashire Tom Collantine United Kingdom ATTK Motorsport 2 +44.434 1
21 04 England Ian Aldridge United Kingdom Shout-E-Motoring 2 +51.202
22 959 United Kingdom Ben Cooper Sweden B13 Racing 1 +1:04.360
23 30 United Kingdom Connell United Kingdom TK GP 2 +1:15.178

Image Gallery

Dan and PJ scrapped hard early on with the Goteki driver eventually coming out on top
PJ also battled hard with newcomer Blairy in the opening stages
The late SpyroTechnimata entry put on a show for the crowds
nOc75 led for the 1st part of the race, till an unfortunate incident cost him several places.
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Championship Positions after the Event

Drivers' Championship

Pos Driver Points
1 United Kingdom Adam Smith 37
2 United Kingdom Sam Hirani 35
3 Kernow Dan Thorn 32
= England Liam Blair 32
5 United Kingdom Lee Harrison 26

Teams' Championship

Pos Team Points
1 Europe The Indypendables 53
2 United Kingdom POWA 48
3 Japan Goteki House 44
4 United Kingdom Black Raptors 37
5 Sealand Firecruiser Racing Team 35

Manufacturers' Championship

Pos Manufacturer Points
1 South Korea Hyundai Veloster Turbo 140
2 Japan Honda Civic Type R 138

Clio Cup

Pos Driver Points
1 United Kingdom Adam Smith 30
2 England Alex Odell 27
3 United Kingdom Lee Harrison 24
4 Republic of Ireland PJ Tierney 22
5 United Kingdom Sam Hirani 20