Nissan Skyline GT-R JGTC 2002 Castrol Pitwork No. 23
Launched in 1994, the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC) has grown to becomethe biggest race series in Japan in terms of participants, with the entry of 40 cars attracting motor sports fans from across the country.
As the event is held as a semi endurance race, the strategy utilized for the routine stop to change driver and tires and to refuel plays a very important part in determining the outcome.
Overseeing the JGTC Series is the Japan GT Association (GT-A), which works to ensure that from start to finish every race offers truly exciting battles in every lap.
The series has two categories: the GT300 and the GT500 (300HP and 500 HP respectively). all the cars are race together inthe same event pursuing their title in their category. The sleek, stylish bodywork and radiant decals covering the chassis emphasise the peak performance of the machinces.
Although cars in the JGTC are modified greatly from original assembly line models, each must be in full compliance with the technical regulations drafted from the series. These regulations maintain equilibrium amongst the competing cars performance and thus ensure the battles are close throughout every lap of every race. Each car is required to maintain weight and to have its engine fitted with an air restrictor. These measures allow strict control of performance and help keep the field close together.
Additionally, cars in each class that qualify in the top three positions for race or finish inthe top thre positions, together with the car recording the fastest lap time during the race, are all equired to carry a handicap weight in the following race.