Sugo SUPER GT technique name ‘arduous to simply accept’ for Quintarelli
The Italian driver described he and teammate Tsugio Matsuda’s second-place end in a wet-dry race as “one of the crucial disappointing of my profession” after an additional pitstop dropped the #23 Nissan behind the #3 automotive of Katsumasa Chiyo and Mitsunori Takaboshi.
Quintarelli scorched into the lead when circumstances have been at their worst, having initially pitted for moist tyres on lap 19 of 84, as the prevalence of the Michelin moist tyre shone by way of.
The 2 Michelin-shod Nissan Zs of Quintarelli and Chiyo have been nicely established within the prime two positions when the rain started to ease within the center part of the race.
However the race swung in favour of the #3 automotive when Quintarelli unexpectedly pitted handy over to Matsuda on lap 44, simply earlier than the observe had dried out sufficient for slicks to be a viable possibility, which means Matsuda needed to pit once more 10 laps later for slick tyres.
Chiyo however stayed out till lap 55 to present the #3 automotive to Takaboshi, who resumed comfortably forward of Matsuda and went on to win by 9 seconds.
Quintarelli defined the #23 crew had noticed a possibility to pit beneath a possible full-course yellow, which didn’t in the end eventuate, however couldn’t cover his disappointment at dropping a robust probability of a primary win of the 2022 season.
“It’s tough to simply accept the technique,” he instructed Motorsport.com. “The group noticed the potential for a FCY when a GT300 automotive spun, however the observe was drying up… even if you happen to may acquire one thing with the FCY [it wouldn’t have made up for having to pit again].
“I perceive it’s not simple to handle all the pieces, however the ‘regular’ technique which the sister automotive did [was the correct one].
“We had nothing to lose by staying out. We may have stayed out till the utmost drive time [lap 56], after which resolve whether or not or to not use slicks.
“However the group was targeted on gaining time with the FCY. Typically you possibly can focus an excessive amount of on one factor and also you lose sight of the massive image.
“This second place is among the most disappointing of my profession. I need to go dwelling and neglect about it. Whenever you get this type of alternative, it’s a must to win, which is why I’m so upset. I don’t race to complete second.”
Chiyo however admitted that he had needed to return in for a second cease earlier, thanking the #3 aspect of the NISMO storage for its determination to maintain him out till the observe was prepared for slicks.
“When the quantity of rain elevated, we have been struggling a bit with the tempo,” admitted Chiyo. “I did not need to lose extra floor to the #23 and I requested we are available in to alter tyres, however [team boss Jiro] Shimada-san and the engineers within the pits stayed cool and made the choice to remain out.
“Ultimately the rain stopped and the observe dried out, in order that was the correct determination.”
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Regardless of the bitter disappointment of dropping victory, Quintarelli was eager to focus on the robust efficiency of the Michelin moist tyre, which allowed he and Chiyo to slice their method by way of the order because the Bridgestone-shod vehicles specifically struggled.
“I’m joyful we lastly bought to strive the moist Michelin tyres, I hoped earlier than the weekend that it might rain!” he quipped. “The efficiency within the moist was very spectacular.
“However I used to be extra stunned how a lot the opposite vehicles struggled. The distinction was unbelievable. On the again straight the engineer instructed me I used to be 9 seconds behind the automotive in entrance, however then by the final nook I may see them!”