5 / 8 / 2019

SUPER GT Round 5 FUJI GT 500mile RACE : Fourth Consecutive Victory for the LEXUS LC500

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.

Driver comments: 

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

Po

No.

Machine

Driver

Laps

Time/Diff

Q

WH

1

6

WAKO'S 4CR LC500

Kazuya OshimaKenta Yamashita

175

4:52'55.248

11

70

2

1

RAYBRIG NSX-GT

Naoki YamamotoJenson Button

175

31.214

10

22

3

23

MOTUL AUTECH GT-R

Tsugio MatsudaRonnie Quintarelli

175

36.658

1

49

4

37

KeePer TOM'S LC500

Ryo HirakawaNick Cassidy

175

55.881

14

68

5

12

CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R

Daiki SasakiJames Rossiter

175

1'00.276

12

19

6

16

MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

Hideki MutohDaisuke Nakajima

175

1'18.436

9

4

7

8

ARTA NSX-GT

Tomoki NojiriTakuya Izawa

175

1'30.137

15

40

8

17

KEIHIN NSX-GT

Koudai TsukakoshiBertrand Baguette

174

1 Lap

8

12

9

19

WedsSport ADVAN LC500

Yuji KunimotoSho Tsuboi

174

1 Lap

3

35

10

64

Modulo Epson NSX-GT

Narain KarthikeyanTadasuke Makino

172

3 Laps

7

5

-

36

au TOM'S LC500

Kazuki NakajimaYuhi Sekiguchi

102

73 Laps

5

48

-

39

DENSO KOBELCO SARD LC500

Heikki KovalainenYuichi Nakayama

82

93 Laps

13

40

-

38

ZENT CERUMO LC500

Yuji TachikawaHiroaki Ishiura

69

106 Laps

4

61

 

GT300 Class Result

Po

No.

Machine

Driver

Laps

Time/Diff

Q

WH

1

87

T-DASH LAMBORGHINI GT3

Tsubasa TakahashiAndre CoutoKiyoto Fujinami

163

4:54'37.976

13

8

2

52

SAITAMATOYOPET GB MARK X MC

Shigekazu WakisakaHiroki Yoshida

162

1 Lap

1

11

3

34

Modulo KENWOOD NSX GT3

Ryo MichigamiHiroki Otsu

162

1 Lap

8

12

4

18

UPGARAGE NSX GT3

Takashi KobayashiKosuke MatsuuraShinnosuke Yamada

162

1 Lap

16

-

5

88

MANEPA LAMBORGHINI GT3

Takashi KogureYuya Motojima

162

1 Lap

15

35

6

55

ARTA NSX GT3

Shinichi TakagiNirei Fukuzumi

162

1 Lap

11

61

7

56

Realize NISSAN jidousya daigakkou GT-R

Kazuki HiramineSacha Fenestraz

162

1 Lap

6

54

8

4

GOODSMILE HATSUNE MIKU AMG

Nobuteru TaniguchiTatsuya Kataoka

162

1 Lap

9

29

9

11

GAINER TANAX GT-R

Katsuyuki HiranakaHironobu Yasuda

162

1 Lap

20

50

10

61

SUBARU BRZ R&D SPORT

Takuto IguchiHideki Yamauchi

162

1 Lap

4

30

15

96

K-tunes RC F GT3

Morio NittaSena Sakaguchi

161

2 Laps

25

60

20

35

arto RC F GT3

Nattapong HortongkumSean Walkinshaw

160

3 Laps

19

-

22

60

SYNTIUM LMcorsa RC F GT3

Hiroki YoshimotoRitomo Miyata

160

3 Laps

27

10

 

Drivers Standings (GT500)

Po

No

Driver

Total

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)

Po

No

Team

Total

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

 

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