• Mar 22, 2006
One usually doesn’t think of a Lamborghini having to try very hard to embarrass even the most mechanically potent machines, but in the highly competitive world of Japanese Super GT racing a pair of Murcielagos has gone 11 seasons without a win. This year the raging bulls have officially dropped from the larger GT500 class to the more appropriate GT300 class and the relocation seems to have done wonders for the pair’s prospects.
The two Murcielago RG-1 racers are fielded by team JLOC (Japanese Lamborghini Owners’ Club) and were driven to victory recently by Marco Apicella/Yasutaka Hinio and Koji Yamanishi/Wada-Q at Suzuka. Actually, only the No. 1 car could be found cruising in victory lane, as the second entry was unfortunately forced to bow out on the final lap due to mechanical gremlins.

In addition to being the first ever win for a Lamborghini in the Japanese Super GT Series, this also marks the first time a Murcielago has won any motorsports event… ever.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      It's interesting that they had to drop down from the GT500 class to the GT300 class. The general definition of the GT500 class is ~500hp cars, GT300 ~300hp.... So the only thing I can think of is the Lambos have some kind of weight penalty to run in the GT300 class.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Pft tuning. Pfffft insecurity. Haha. They are all tuned in Grand American, moron. I guess GT is about equal to GT300, and GT500 is equal to Grand Am Rolex Series. I still think the FR500C will own in its class. It stomped on 911s and M3s. Just in case you didn't know, those are the top touring cars. Nobody here gives a crap about SGT, anyway. The cars are irrelevant.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Christian J, the Super GT GT500 cars are about 5 seconds a lap faster than GT1 cars. The Corvette C6R and Maserati MC12 for example. A Grand American car has absolutely no chance, maybe against a GT300 car it would though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      right u are jimbo i dont think the murcy been around for five years
      and christian u idiot of course a 500 bhp souped up mustag can beat a 276bhp 350z were u just trying to get sum attention, i think u were
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lamborghini has to seriously get into racing more.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The JLOC started with Diablos when JGTC first began in the mid-90's.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well put Aki.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm, the Murcielago is not anywhere close to being 11 years old.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lambos are Ferrari knockoffs. They have nowhere near the credibility, and haven't won jack in internation competition. They were simply built to absorb wanker dollar. And they were bult to take away Ferrari customers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh and by the way, I had a look at the cars in the Super GT. Wow. Sorry to say, but I bet a FR500C Mustang would compete strong and spank alot of these cars. Won the constructors championship 2005 in the US version of this series (Grand American Racing) over 911s, M3s, 350Zs, being one of the only cars with a restrictor plate. Already one podium in 1 round in 2006. Take that domestic haters.
      http://www.grandamerican.com/CONTENT/Photos/Gallery/2005/100805virC800-03.jpg
      • 8 Years Ago
      i wouldnt be worried about the lambo, i'd be worried about the yellow corn mac F1 ! when was the last time that won more than 2 rounds???
      • 8 Years Ago
      Amazing how in any topic related to Japan, you have some insecure American guy that has to tout the superiority of some American car. Christian J, maybe you need to take some self esteem courses--this has nothing to do with America vs. Japan.

      And Grand American cup is nowhere near the level of JGTC, now known as Super GT. For one, the regulations are different. Grand Am cup only permits major modifications in the area of safety, whereas Super GT cars get a lot of tuning. Do your homework, and stay on topic before embarking on irrelevant rants about American superiority.
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