NISMO Nissan escapes serious damage in Suzuka crash

Jamie Klein
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Tsugio Matsuda lost control of the #23 car he shares with Ronnie Quintarelli at Dunlop corner during the first segment of qualifying on Saturday afternoon, ploughing into the tyre barriers and causing the session to be brought to a temporary halt.

The NISMO car appeared to suffer heavy front-end damage in the incident, with speculation in particular surrounding the state of the engine.

However, a NISMO spokesperson confirmed to Motorsport.com on Sunday morning that the team was able to complete repairs on the car by 11pm on Saturday, and crucially that the engine did not need to be replaced.

#244 Tananoko No Yu RC F GT3

#244 Tananoko No Yu RC F GT3<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
#244 Tananoko No Yu RC F GT3Masahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio

The #244 Max Racing Lexus RC F GT3 of Rintaro Kubo and Atsushi Miyake did not take part in qualifying on Saturday following a heavy crash in practice for Kubo at the final chicane.

It's understood the car will not take part in the race, leaving the field with 29 runners in the GT300 class and 44 cars overall.

Additional reporting by Tomohiro Yoshida