Gran Turismo‘s father Kazunori Yamauchi is no stranger to real racing. He’s a regular at the Nürburgring 24h, which is considered by many the toughest endurance race of the sport.
After a break in 2015, this year Yamauchi-san was at the wheel of a more challenging ride, having moved from the SP 8T class Schulze Motorsport Nissan GTR to the SP9 class with the #101 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. The SP9 class is normally considered the top class in the race, and that’s normally where the overall winners come from.
Yamauchi-san’s team included Matias Henkola, Max Sandritter and George Richardson, and ended the race in 22nd place overall and 18th within the SP9 class. They completed 121 laps of the super-challenging classic trac, 13 less than the winner. The included 159 cars, of which 38 qualified in the SP9 class.
The competition was dominated by Mercedes this year, with four AMG GT3 grabbing the first four places, and what’s probably the most exciting finish of the history of the Nürburgring 24h, with the winner overtaking the runner up in the last lap.
Yamauchi-san was not the only driver linked to Gran Turismo. Taking his place on the #48 Schulze Motorsport Nissan GTR (which many of us had a chance to drive in Gran Turismo 5 and 6, and will be included in GT Sport) was 2010 GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson.
Unfortunately, at the moment of this writing, the #48 team appears to be in the pit, without having finished the race.
Below you can see Yamauchi-san’s team’s position in both the top 40 overall rankings and in the SP9 class, courtesy of the race’s official live timing page.
Hopefully, we’ll get to drive Yamauchi #101 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 in GT Sport as well.