An unforgettable moment unfolded at the legendary Suzuka circuit during the pulse-racing Super GT championship. Renowned Super GT racer, Tsugio Matsuda, encountered a spine-chilling accident at the notoriously swift 130R. Astonishingly, both Matsuda and Kosuke Matsuura, who was also tangled up in the jaw-dropping crash, managed to dodge major injuries.
Following the severity of the accident, the race was flagged red after only 59 of the expected 77 laps. Due to the high impact that led to substantial damage to the barriers and Matsuda’s car almost tearing apart, the race couldn’t proceed any further.
Behind the wheel of the #23 Motul Nissan Z GT500, Matsuda took a daring risk. He tried to surpass two GT300 cars on the chicane’s outer side, a move that proved to be futile. After contact with one of the cars, Matsuda’s car veered uncontrollably towards the right side of the chicane’s approach, ending his race prematurely as his car virtually disintegrated.
Matsuura’s #87 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 also suffered a blow due to the collision, hitting the barrier. However, Matsuura managed to return to the pits. Despite Matsuda being conscious and moving, he was swiftly airlifted to a local hospital.
NISMO provided a subsequent update regarding Matsuda’s condition through a statement:
“Following an examination at the hospital, no major injuries have been found for Matsuda. We are relieved to hear this, but follow-up checks are planned. We apologize for any concern this may have caused our fans.”
As a part of the cautious approach, Matsuda will be kept under further observation in the hospital. While the accident scene was indeed terrifying, the racing fraternity can draw some comfort from the fact that both racers emerged with minimal harm.