Quintarelli and his teammate Tsugio Matsuda took their greatest grid place of the 2022 marketing campaign thus far in eighth place, because the Italian driver managed to get the #23 automotive by Q1 for the primary time this season.

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Though Matsuda’s Q2 lap was 1.3 seconds adrift of the pole benchmark set by Bandoh Toyota driver Sena Sakaguchi, Quintarelli was bullish of the workforce’s probabilities of making up floor in Sunday’s 100-lap race.

That is partly due to some modifications made to the set-up of the #23 automotive within the wake of NISMO colleagues Katsumasa Chiyo and Mitsunori Takaboshi’s blistering victory final day out at Suzuka.

“The automotive felt good because the second a part of the morning [free practice] session,” Quintarelli instructed Motorsport.com. “I believe it was one of the best the automotive felt all season. I used to be pushing, and I might really feel the automotive was there.

“We labored on the set-up, we had some data from automotive #3, as a result of [up to now] every crew was going its personal manner. So this time we combined their set-up with our set-up and it felt good.

“The automotive felt actually good in Sector 2, in high-speed corners, however lacking one thing within the final sector, in low-speed corners.”


Quintarelli stated that he was tasked with getting by Q1 as a substitute of Matsuda following the Japanese driver’s penalty that meant he could not contest the latter half of the morning’s free apply session, together with the 10-minute GT500-only phase that normally serves as a costume rehearsal for qualifying.

He admitted that with 11 factors to make up on championship leaders Chiyo and Takaboshi, he and Matsuda are dealing with a pair of vital races at Fuji and Suzuka for his or her hopes of combating for the title.

“I hoped Tsugio could be P5 [in Q2], however he couldn’t put the sectors collectively,” stated Quintarelli. “With P5, I might be assured. With P8, we have to work a bit tougher, however I’m nonetheless optimistic. 

“I might say this race and the following one at Suzuka are each essential. We have to seize massive factors. At Suzuka the #3 automotive was so fast, so both right here or [at the next] Suzuka [race] we have to come again. 

“With this set-up I believe we might be very sturdy at Suzuka. That’s why I say that Suzuka can be an important race.”

Baguette bullish on Impul race tempo

One place forward of the NISMO automotive on the grid for Sunday’s race would be the #12 Impul Z shared by Bertrand Baguette and Kazuki Hiramine.

Whereas unable to problem the Yokohama-shod vehicles that locked out the entrance row in Q2, Baguette stated he was happy to be so near the tempo of the quickest Bridgestone-shod automotive, and feels that the workforce’s alternative of tyres for the race ought to put them in good stead for a fightback.

“Taking a look at what we did in Spherical 2 [at Fuji], the place we did not get to Q2 and we struggled for race tempo, it was a very good day,” Baguette instructed Motorsport.com.

“In Q2, the Bridgestone vehicles had been all inside three tenths roughly, however there are some totally different tyre selections among the many Bridgestone customers, so it can rely on the circumstances for the race.

“Contemplating our alternative, we might be proud of our place. The warmer it’s, the higher for us. Our tempo on excessive gas and used tyres was fairly good, so I’m feeling assured for the race.”

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