At the halfway point of the season, Quintarelli and his teammate in the #23 NISMO GT-R Tsugio Matsuda are seventh in the standings and 18 points away from the leading Real Racing Honda pair of Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi.
Quintarelli and Matsuda delivered Nissan’s revised 2020-spec GT-R its first win at Suzuka, but this remains the only trip to the podium for one of the Yokohama marque’s crews this year.
The #3 NDDP/B-Max Nissan of Katsumasa Chiyo and Kohei Hirate has not finished higher than sixth so far this year, while Kondo Racing has managed just a single point and Team Impul is the only GT500 crew that hasn’t yet registered a top-10 finish.
It means the #24 Kondo and #12 Impul cars in particular head into this weekend’s Fuji round light, while the #23 NISMO machine carries 50kg of success ballast.
“We could see sometimes car #3 showed some potential, and the Calsonic [Impul] car at Motegi seemed quick in the first stint,” Quintarelli told Motorsport.com when asked if the struggles of the other Nissan teams so far in 2020 came as a surprise.
“I hope here at Fuji and Suzuka they can be in the top five so they can take away points from our competitors. This is important, that they finish ahead of the cars that are heavy.
“For example, at Motegi, they [#3 and #12 cars]…