Event: Motor Sport Japan 2011 – On Track Action

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Before I post the coverage that JDM Clips got of the Motor Sports Japan 2011 Festival, I thought it would be cool to share the ‘on-track’ action from the event.  Race teams, aftermarket companies, and car manufacturers give the fans a sample of the vehicles performance on a make-shift track in part of the lot at the site in Daiba, Tokyo.  Famous drivers take to the machines for a few spirited laps around the course.  Some of the cars include current Super GT cars, rally built cars, prototype and modified street cars.  Click past the break for some more great shots.

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Before the demonstration begins, the cars must stage .  You can see in this picture the great variety of cars that were on hand…

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…everything from Honda CR-Z’s to Lexus LFA – this particular one built by Gazoo Racing.

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But it didn’t take long for the drivers to unleash the full potential of the race cars.  When the flag dropped, Super GT cars like the Xanavi R35GTR wasted no time in ripping up the pavement.

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It wasn’t only the GT cars that took to the course though.  There were plenty of tuning companies and OEM makers that took part in the fun too.  Like this Mugen tuned CR-Z.

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Check out the Nismo Tuned Leaf smoking the tires as it blasts through the straight.  Looks like Honda’s CR-Z has some competition in the low/zero emission market.

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Another Subaru took to the course in rally fashion.  The 5-door STi may not look as sleek as it’s new, younger brother, but it still packs a mean punch.

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Check out the Autobacs built Toyota Vitz pulling up it’s rear on one of the tight curves of the course!

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Like usual, there was no shortage of people in attendance to the Motor Sports Japan festival, and after viewing just the on course action, I can see why…

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…especially on such a beautiful Japanese afternoon.  From Super GT, to Le Mans, both old and new alike, the Motor Sports Japan festival is an event for true motor sports enthusiasts!  That’s all for the action shots – stay tuned for coverage of the whole event.

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