D1 GRAND PRIX 2009: Round 1, Ebisu Circuit, Preview

March 29, 2009 12:28 am Published by

Here’s some preview pics from today’s practice and qualifying at Ebisu Circuit.

This is what Toshiki Yoshioka’s old red AE86 looks like now. Handpainted skulls and stencils on flat black, and being driven by Tetsuya Hibino.

The RE Amemiya RX-7, Blitz ER34 and last year’s champion Daigo Saito’s JZX100 Mark II still look the same as last year, but have changed their sponsor stickers a bit.

Nomuken is now sponsored by…Norton! Insert crash prevention joke here.

Daigo Saito’s new sponsor is actually pretty cool. Weekly Comic Bunch is, kind of obviously, a weekly comic book compilation.

The best part is the full-door vinyl graphic of Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star.

His Mustang is still pretty much standard.

The RE Amemiya Mutiara Motors sponsorship colour scheme matches the Super GT car.

Shinji Minowa drove this JZX90 and just barely scraped through to the second qualifying round tomorrow.

Robby Nishida drove this Supra (that belongs to Daigo Saito) but didn’t manage to make it through.

This will make AE86 people sort of happy. Kouichi Yamashita is back, and qualified for tomorrow driving the Weld JZX100.

Max Orido’s Aristo looks pretty neat these days.

It even looks neat with a big foam block on it.

Kumakubo had a bit of trouble in the morning…

…but by the afternoon, was doing stuff like this.

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