At the recent Super GT February test in Fuji Speedway, 25-year-old Swiss lady racer Cyndie Allemann tested the Hitotsuyama Racing Audi R8 LMS Super GT car and did well enough to be offered a drive for the season.
Shizuoka, Japan, February 10, 2012 – The 2012 season was already getting busy for Cyndie Allemann and it will gets even busier with a proposition that was as fast than unexpected of a racing programme in the Super GT series. In a mere two weeks, the motor racing star from Switzerland has seen her life changed in a major way: after the decision of the i1 Super Series to rescheduled its launch to 2013, she received an offer from the Hitotsuyama Racing team to participate in the prestigious Super GT championship in Japan. She will partner with Akihiro Tsuzuki on the first Audi R8 LMS of the team, in the GT300 class.
“A Japan-based racing programme is totally unexpected for me. It will be an awesome experience, and at a personal level, an incredible occasion to become a better person, to discover a new country and a new culture. In addition, I met the whole team and they are an amazing group of people, with very cool personalities. They really want to work with me to win races together.”
First invited to take part of a test on February 8 on the technical Fuji Speedway, Cyndie really made an impression on the team with her personality, her professional approach and her technical knowledge. But above all, she surprised the team owners and engineers with her immediate on-track speed: in cold weather conditions and with a brand new car for her, Cyndie took only 10 laps to be in the fast reference times. Thanks to her performance, she received a contract on the spot by the team owners.
“The test went pretty well: it was a first experience for me with the Audi R8 LMS and on a totally new track for me, and I must admit I didn’t have much track time to adapt to all those new changes. I think I did the job right for a first time, but I would have liked to be a bit faster. Nevertheless, it was a very positive first time. The important thing was to realize that we can work together with the Hitotsuyama Racing team members and the communication went super smoothly. Also, my teammate Akihiro Tsuzuki seems like a super nice person and I really think we can work well together. I’m already looking forward to the first test session in one month, on once again a new track for me. After those first pre-season tests, I have the feeling that everything will go very quickly.”
Right from the start, the Hitotsuyama Racing team has offered all its support and experience to Cyndie, with its impressive professional approach. Team owner Mr. Mikio Hitotsuyama was the first to announce the good news to Cyndie, immediately as she got out of the car after the afternoon test session:
“Cyndie drove our Audi R8 LMS very well and we could watch her become more and more at ease with the car. She has already made enough lap times for us to make a final decision. I am totally certain that she can succeed in Japan. Not only she is fast, but also she is fan friendly. We want to race with Cyndie!”
Always eager to experience new and rich cultures, Cyndie is already looking forward to the time she will spend in Japan in the coming year:
“In my dreams about Japan, I must admit that I was expecting something different, especially regarding the landspace. I was surprised to realize that it feels like Europe, in many ways. Obviously, downtown Tokyo is very impressive with its lights and many tall buildings. Now, I would like to see more of the Japanese countryside and all its authentic and traditional lifestyle, which does contribute for Japan’s beauty. Otherwise, Japanese are very friendly and want to laugh all the time, with a great sense of humor. I’ve slowly started to pickup some Japanese words. I think 2012 will be a very gratifying year, for my personal development.”