Tremendous GT: Toyota dominates first day of Fuji pre-season check

Tsuboi, who shares the #36 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra with Yuhi Sekiguchi, set the quickest time of the day, a 1m27.760s, on the very finish of the day through the 10 minutes of operating reserved for the GT500 class.

The driving force taking Tsuboi’s place within the Rookie Racing Supra this 12 months, Kenta Yamashita, accomplished a 1-2 for Toyota with a time simply 0.189s slower.

Saturday’s operating was prolonged from 4 hours to 5 owing to the specter of rain on Sunday, and the 2 hour, 30 minute morning session was led by the Nissan of Ronnie Quintarelli on a 1m28.192s.

That point went unbeaten till Tsuboi and Yamashita set their enhancements on the very finish of the day, however Quintarelli’s time was nonetheless sufficient for the Michelin-supplied NISMO GT-R to finish the day an encouraging third total.

Actual Racing’s Bertrand Baguette was third-fastest within the afternoon, main the Honda NSX-GT cost and slotting into fourth within the mixed timesheets forward of the SARD Toyota of Yuichi Nakayama.

Ritomo Miyata broke into the highest six with a late enchancment aboard the Yokohama-shod Racing Undertaking Bandoh Toyota, forward of the Impul Nissan of Kazuki Hiramine and the ARTA Honda of Nirei Fukuzumi.

Final 12 months’s two title protagonists – nonetheless each with out considered one of their common drivers – accomplished the highest 10, with the Crew Kunimitsu Honda ninth forward of the #37 TOM’S Toyota.

Naoki Yamamoto and Ryo Hirakawa, who look poised to enter the primary spherical of the season with out their respective full-time co-drivers Tadasuke Makino and Sacha Fenestraz, set the very best instances for his or her vehicles, though Hirakawa precipitated an early crimson flag within the morning with a spin at Flip 2.

The Mugen Honda that topped the instances at Okayama was solely 14th-fastest this time round, two spots behind fellow Dunlop consumer Nakajima Racing.

On the foot of the GT500 instances was the NDDP/B-Max Nissan, which was dominated out of motion solely 45 minutes into the morning session following contact with the Crew LeMans Audi R8 LMS on the Flip 6 hairpin, inflicting the day’s second crimson flag. The automobile shared by Kohei Hirate and Katsumasa Chiyo sat out the afternoon session.

There was additional motion at Flip 6 within the afternoon as Hiramine earned a harmful driving penalty for contact with the Drago Corse Honda NSX GT3 of Shogo Mitsuyama.

Miyata additionally got here to a halt on the remaining nook late within the afternoon session, inflicting the day’s fourth and remaining crimson flag.

#56 Notice Nissan Vehicle School GT-R

Photograph by: Masahide Kamio

Kondo Racing’s reigning champion Joao Paulo de Oliveira was quickest within the GT300 class on the wheel of his Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, setting his greatest time of 1m36.476s round 90 minutes within the morning session.

Nissan swept the highest three positions for each the morning and the day total, as Katsuyuki Hiranaka (Gainer) and Takayuki Aoki (Tomei Sports activities) have been second and third respectively forward of the Saitama Toyopet Toyota Supra GT300 of Hiroki Yoshida.

The Max Racing Supra, which skipped the earlier check at Okayama, was the shock of the day as Yuui Tsutsumi topped the afternoon session on a 1m36.931s to fit into fifth total.

The Crew Thailand Lexus RC F GT3 shared by Giuliano Alesi and Sean Walkinshaw sat out many of the morning session because the group needed to substitute a gearbox, and was Twenty sixth-fastest of the 28 entries current within the afternoon.

Testing continues on Sunday, with three hours of operating cut up between a two-hour morning session and an abridged one-hour afternoon session.

GT500 check outcomes:

Pos. No. Automobile Crew Drivers Tyre am time pm time
1 36 Toyota TOM’S

Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi

Japan Sho Tsuboi

B 1’28.207 1’27.760
2 14 Toyota Rookie Racing

Japan Kazuya Oshima

Japan Kenta Yamashita

B 1’29.030 1’27.949
3 23 Nissan NISMO

Italy Ronnie Quintarelli

Japan Tsugio Matsuda

M 1’28.192 1’28.317
4 17 Honda Actual Racing

Belgium Bertrand Baguette

Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi

B 1’28.656 1’28.287
5 39 Toyota SARD

Finland Heikki Kovalainen

Japan Yuichi Nakayama

B 1’28.757 1’28.293
6 19 Toyota Racing Undertaking Bandoh

Japan Yuji Kunimoto

Japan Ritomo Miyata

Y 1’28.853 1’28.319
7 12 Nissan Impul

Japan Kazuki Hiramine

Japan Nobuharu Matsushita

B 1’28.506 1’28.371
8 8 Honda ARTA

Japan Tomoki Nojiri

Japan Nirei Fukuzumi

B 1’28.761 1’28.386
9 1 Honda Kunimitsu

Japan Naoki Yamamoto

Japan Hideki Mutoh

B 1’28.589 1’28.431
10 37 Toyota TOM’S

Japan Ryo Hirakawa

Japan Sena Sakaguchi

B 1’28.464 1’28.618
11 38 Toyota Cerumo

Japan Hiroaki Ishiura

Japan Yuji Tachikawa

B 1’28.599 1’28.610
12 64 Honda Nakajima Racing

Japan Takuya Izawa

Japan Hiroki Otsu


1’29.224 1’28.652
12 24 Nissan Kondo Racing

Japan Daiki Sasaki

Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi


1’29.168 1’28.860
14 16 Honda Mugen

Japan Ukyo Sasahara

Japan Toshiki Oyu


1’29.335 1’29.028
15 3 Nissan NDDP/B-Max Racing

Japan Kohei Hirate

Japan Katsumasa Chiyo


1’29.723 no time

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