Karthikeyan: Super GT cars feel like single-seaters

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Karthikeyan: Super GT cars feel like single-seaters
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Jan 23, 2019, 5:22 AM

Narain Karthikeyan says the Super GT cars are so quick that they gives the same feeling of driving a single-seater.

After two decades of almost exclusively racing formula cars, Karthikeyan is switching to sportscar racing in 2019, having signed a deal to drive a Honda NSX-GT in Super GT.

The cars featured in the series are quicker than LMP2 prototypes raced at Le Mans 24 Hours, making them the fastest tin-tops in the world.

Karthikeyan admits that the added weight of a Super GT car compared to a single-seater is evident, but he nonetheless appreciates how they still remain fun to drive.

“The car, it’s really nice to drive, very fast in the high speed corners,” Karthikeyan said shortly after he was announced as one of Nakajima Racing’s 2019 drivers. “The feeling is like driving a single-seater car, just a little bit more heavier.

“But the overall excitement of the whole atmosphere in Super GT and the racing with other [GT]300 cars and so on is different. But it’s very exciting. So im looking forward very much to this year and give it my best shot.”

Karthikeyan will team up with Formula 2 race winner Tadasuke Makino, who is returning to his native country after racing in Europe for the last few years.

The 42-year-old says he gels along well with Makino and the two can together push the team forward, despite neither having completed a full season of Super GT before.

“We met at Sepang,” he said. “Makino-san of course has been racing in Europe and our communication is quite good.

“So developing the set up of the cars or the tyres will be a lot easier. Both of us can communicate quite well.

“He’s a young driver, very eager. So it’s good to have a combination and I think we should be quite strong.”

Additional reporting by Tomohiro Yoshita

Narain Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan

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Series Super GT
Drivers Narain Karthikeyan
Author Rachit Thukral