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Tremendous GT: Heikki Kovalainen quickest as Okayama take a look at ends

Ex-System 1 driver Kovalainen, who’s going into his seventh season in SUPER GT, set his finest time of 1m18.181s on the wheel of SARD’s Toyota GR Supra somewhat underneath midway via the morning session.

That left him 0.096s away from Naoki Yamamoto within the Crew Kunimitsu Honda, however barely shy of the first-day benchmark established by Mugen Honda driver Toshiki Oyu.

The 2 TOM’S GR Supras have been subsequent up in third and fourth locations, with Ryo Hirakawa third-fastest within the #37 forward of Sho Tsuboi within the sister #36 machine.

Nobuharu Matsushita was once more the quickest Nissan driver within the Bridgestone-shod Crew Impul GT-R, ending up fifth and simply over 4 tenths off the tempo.

Ukyo Sasahara was subsequent up within the Dunlop-equipped Mugen Honda, adopted by the Cerumo Toyota of veteran Yuji Tachikawa and Koudai Tsukakoshi within the Actual Racing Honda.

Nissan’s flagship NISMO GT-R improved to tenth within the fingers of Tsugio Matsuda after the ‘crimson automobile’ had propped up the timesheets on the opening day.

There have been virtually no enhancements within the afternoon session as the vast majority of GT500 groups elected to deal with race tempo. 

An early effort from Sacha Fenestraz’s TOM’S stand-in Sena Sakaguchi, a 1m19.224, was enough to prime the session forward of Ronnie Quintarelli within the NISMO Nissan and Ritomo Miyata within the Bandoh Toyota, which was the one automobile to higher its morning time.

The Cerumo Toyota triggered the day’s solely crimson of the day after parking up on the method to Attwood Curve (Flip 4) with about half an hour to go within the afternoon.

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Picture by: Masahide Kamio

Within the GT300 class, one of the best occasions have been likewise set within the morning, with ex-Honda man Kosuke Matsuura ending up with the quickest lap of the day for the JLOC Lamborghini squad.

Matsuura posted a 1m26.138s, going barely faster than Monday’s benchmark set by Hiroki Yoshida within the Saitama Toyopet Inexperienced Courageous Toyota GR Supra GT300.

Second-fastest was Hideki Yamauchi within the brand-new Subaru BRZ, adopted by Togo Suganami within the LEON Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Yoshida was fourth-fastest within the Saitama Toyopet Supra, whereas the Ok-Tunes Lexus RC F GT3 and the Goodsmile Racing Mercedes accomplished the top-half dozen runners within the class.

SUPER GT newcomer Giuliano Alesi, driving for the Toyota Crew Thailand crew, handed his rookie take a look at by finishing 10 consecutive laps inside a sure tempo.

Pre-season testing continues at Fuji Speedway on March 27-28, earlier than SUPER GT returns to Okayama for the opening spherical on April 10-11.

GT500 take a look at outcomes:

Pos. No. Automobile Crew Drivers Tyre am time pm time
1 39 Toyota SARD

Finland Heikki Kovalainen

Japan Yuichi Nakayama

B 1’18.181 1’19.855
2 1 Honda Kunimitsu

Japan Naoki Yamamoto

Japan Hideki Mutoh

B 1’18.277 1’20.446
3 37 Toyota TOM’S

Japan Ryo Hirakawa

Japan Sena Sakaguchi

B 1’18.353 1’19.224
4 36 Toyota TOM’S

Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi

Japan Sho Tsuboi

B 1’18.473 1’19.685
5 12 Nissan Impul

Japan Kazuki Hiramine

Japan Nobuharu Matsushita


1’18.592 1’20.604
6 16 Honda Mugen

Japan Ukyo Sasahara

Japan Toshiki Oyu


1’18.604 1’20.621
7 38 Toyota Cerumo

Japan Hiroaki Ishiura

Japan Yuji Tachikawa


1’18.698 1’20.242
8 17 Honda Actual Racing

Belgium Bertrand Baguette

Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi


1’18.701 1’20.671
9 64 Honda Nakajima Racing

Japan Takuya Izawa

Japan Hiroki Otsu


1’18.831 1’20.620
10 23 Nissan NISMO

Italy Ronnie Quintarelli

Japan Tsugio Matsuda


1’18.952 1’19.317
11 3 Nissan NDDP/B-Max Racing

Japan Kohei Hirate

Japan Katsumasa Chiyo


1’18.978 1’20.492
12 8 Honda ARTA

Japan Tomoki Nojiri

Japan Nirei Fukuzumi


1’18.993 1’20.122
13 14 Toyota Rookie Racing

Japan Kazuya Oshima

Japan Kenta Yamashita


1’19.201 1’19.926
14 24 Nissan Kondo Racing

Japan Daiki Sasaki

Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi


1’19.506 1’19.780
15 19 Toyota Racing Undertaking Bandoh

Japan Yuji Kunimoto

Japan Ritomo Miyata


1’21.059 1’20.072