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Revspeed Superlap Battle Tsukuba Circuit 2011

Well Japan at this time of year is quite cold as the Northern hemisphere heads into winter and Tsukuba will always be quite a few degrees colder than Tokyo. This year was no exception with temperatures down close to zero in the morning with rain and snow falling as we arrived.

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Guest blog. Andrew Brilliant -Aerodynamicist


This week we introduce Andrew Brilliant.

Andrew is an American aero and data engineer that resides in Japan and contracts to Super GT teams.

He has worked in both Indy-car and American Le Mans series and whilst there are a few people around with the high level of knowledge that Andrew possesses most are working in high level positions in highly funded professional race teams and would not give us the time of day. The difference with Andrew is that his personal passion is Time Attack racing and this has seen him firstly put his own Mitsubishi Eclipse at the front of the “street” class and then help several of the other teams dramatically reduce their lap times through aerodynamic improvements most notably the FX Motorsports NSX that has been dominating some rounds of the Redline series.

We speak with Andrew and ask him a bit about Aero.

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Tsukuba Time Attack. Up close and personal!

We have already had a look at the cars at Tsukuba this year; I thought it may be interesting to meet some of the people that make the event what it is. Every year the Japanese tuning community converges on Tsukuba circuit in early December with their latest “demo” car to see how it fares against the rest. Two notable differences with the Australian Superlap are firstly the lack of spectators as this is really a closed event with only competitors and their crew really invited, but I did see some other Australians at the event and they said they just walked in and no one said anything but it is certainly not promoted as a spectator event. Secondly an owner/driver is extremely rare as most of the cars are driven by Pro drivers thereby giving the absolute best possible result for the team and meaning most of the drivers are driving multiple cars. We thought you might like to meet some of these guys

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Revspeed Super Battle 2010 Tsukuba Japan.

For many years this event has been a highlight on the tuning scene calendar in Japan and now with the advent of the internet the whole world spends all year waiting for the first week in December to come around when Revspeed magazine run their annual Super battle at the traditional home of time attack racing Tsukuba Circuit in Japan.

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