SUPER GT FUJI 500mile RACE - Fourth Consecutive Victory for the LEXUS LC500

SUPER GT FUJI 500mile RACE - Fourth Consecutive Victory for the LEXUS LC500

05.08.2019: SUPER GT Round 5 FUJI GT 500mile RACE GT500 class ē WAKOíS 4CR LC500 No. 6 with drivers Kazuya OSHIMA / Kenta YAMASHITA achieved two straight victories in the 2019 AUTOBACS SUPER GT series at Fuji International

SUPER GT Round 5 FUJI GT 500mile RACE

GT500 class

•    WAKO’S 4CR LC500 No. 6 with drivers Kazuya OSHIMA / Kenta YAMASHITA achieved two straight victories in the 2019 AUTOBACS SUPER GT series at Fuji International Speedway. This is the fourth consecutive victory for the LEXUS LC500 since Round 2.

•    KeePer TOM’S No. 37 co-piloted by drivers Ryo HIRAKAWA / Nick CASSIDY recorded fourth place.
GT300 class

•    K-tunes RC F GT3 No. 96 finished 15th place.

Kazuya OSHIMA (WAKO’S 4CR LC500 No. 6)

The weight handicap was already heavy due to our last victory, so we were expecting to race persistently. But as we started racing, our car and engine was fast, the car set up was perfect, and the feeling of the tires were good, so I thought that we might be able to get in a good position.

We raced without overdoing, and then without realizing, we were in the upper position. By chance, our pitstop timing was nearly the same timing as the Safety Car in. It was risky, but this was the major change point. Afterwards, we tried to maintain the car and tires, and focused on never to make any mistakes.

Now our weight handicap is even more heavier, and we have no idea about the impact. It tends to be a rough race in the next Autopolis, so if our car is ready, there might be an opportunity. There are three remainig races, and there wouldn’t be a chance like this, so we will take full advantage of the opportunities and will conitnue racing to get the points.

Kenta YAMASHITA (WAKO’S 4CR LC500 No. 6)

We won last time, and we were aiming to get a position close to the podium, but we didn’t expect to capture the victory. In the qualifying, due to our heavy weight handicap, we were in the back of the grid, but we knew that our long run pace was similar to the other cars during yesterday’s official practice.

We thought we will be able to catch up, but honestly the win was unexpected. The key point was the pitstop timing, and this created the gap, so I concentrated to finish the race safely. We really thank the team for the wonderful car and planning the strategy for this race.

The team ranking gap between us and the second team is 16 points, which I feel is not so big. The next race will be very tough, but we will try hard to get the points to win the championship.

GT500 Class Result

1    6    WAKO'S 4CR LC500    Kazuya Oshima
Kenta Yamashita    175    4:52'55.248    11    70

2    1    RAYBRIG NSX-GT    Naoki Yamamoto
Jenson Button    175    31.214    10    22

3    23    MOTUL AUTECH GT-R    Tsugio Matsuda
Ronnie Quintarelli    175    36.658    1    49

4    37    KeePer TOM'S LC500    Ryo Hirakawa
Nick Cassidy    175    55.881    14    68

5    12    CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R    Daiki Sasaki
James Rossiter    175    1'00.276    12    19

6    16    MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT    Hideki Mutoh
Daisuke Nakajima    175    1'18.436    9    4

7    8    ARTA NSX-GT    Tomoki Nojiri
Takuya Izawa    175    1'30.137    15    40

8    17    KEIHIN NSX-GT    Koudai Tsukakoshi
Bertrand Baguette    174    1 Lap    8    12

9    19    WedsSport ADVAN LC500    Yuji Kunimoto
Sho Tsuboi    174    1 Lap    3    35

10    64    Modulo Epson NSX-GT    Narain Karthikeyan
Tadasuke Makino    172    3 Laps    7    5

-    36    au TOM'S LC500    Kazuki Nakajima
Yuhi Sekiguchi    102    73 Laps    5    48

-    39    DENSO KOBELCO SARD LC500    Heikki Kovalainen
Yuichi Nakayama    82    93 Laps    13    40

-    38    ZENT CERUMO LC500    Yuji Tachikawa
Hiroaki Ishiura    69    106 Laps    4    61

GT300 Class Result

1    87    T-DASH LAMBORGHINI GT3    Tsubasa Takahashi
Andre Couto
Kiyoto Fujinami    163    4:54'37.976    13    8

2    52    SAITAMATOYOPET GB MARK X MC    Shigekazu Wakisaka
Hiroki Yoshida    162    1 Lap    1    11

3    34    Modulo KENWOOD NSX GT3    Ryo Michigami
Hiroki Otsu    162    1 Lap    8    12

4    18    UPGARAGE NSX GT3    Takashi Kobayashi
Kosuke Matsuura
Shinnosuke Yamada    162    1 Lap    16    -

5    88    MANEPA LAMBORGHINI GT3    Takashi Kogure
Yuya Motojima    162    1 Lap    15    35

6    55    ARTA NSX GT3    Shinichi Takagi
Nirei Fukuzumi    162    1 Lap    11    61

7    56    Realize NISSAN jidousya daigakkou GT-R    Kazuki Hiramine
Sacha Fenestraz    162    1 Lap    6    54

8    4    GOODSMILE HATSUNE MIKU AMG    Nobuteru Taniguchi
Tatsuya Kataoka    162    1 Lap    9    29

9    11    GAINER TANAX GT-R    Katsuyuki Hiranaka
Hironobu Yasuda    162    1 Lap    20    50

10    61    SUBARU BRZ R&D SPORT    Takuto Iguchi
Hideki Yamauchi    162    1 Lap    4    30

15    96    K-tunes RC F GT3    Morio Nitta
Sena Sakaguchi    161    2 Laps    25    60

20    35    arto RC F GT3    Nattapong Hortongkum
Sean Walkinshaw    160    3 Laps    19    -

22    60    SYNTIUM LMcorsa RC F GT3    Hiroki Yoshimoto
Ritomo Miyata    160    3 Laps    27    10

Drivers Standings (GT500)

1    6    Kazuya Oshima / Kenta Yamashita    60
2    37    Ryo Hirakawa / Nick Cassidy    44
3    23    Tsugio Matsuda / Ronnie Quintarelli    38.5
4    38    Yuji Tachikawa / Hiroaki Ishiura    30.5
7    36    Kazuki Nakajima / Yuhi Sekiguchi    24
8    19    Yuji Kunimoto / Sho Tsuboi    20.5
9    39    Heikki Kovalainen / Yuichi Nakayama    20

Team Standings (GT500)

1    6    LEXUS TEAM LEMANS WAKO'S    73
2    37    LEXUS TEAM KeePer TOM'S    59
3    23    NISMO    47.5
4    38    LEXUS TEAM ZENT CERUMO    42.5
7    19    LEXUS TEAM WedsSport BANDOH    32.5
8    36    LEXUS TEAM au TOM'S    32
9    39    LEXUS TEAM SARD    32

- Alastair Moffit - photos Toyota


05.08.2019 / MaP

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