After a grueling and exhaustive 24 hours, the #50 Lexus LFA finished 18th overall and placed 1st in its SP8 (near production) class in the Nürburgring 24h race.
The other LFA in the race, #51, didn’t do so well after an extended pitstop that lasted over 11 hours, but did manage to make it back out onto the track to finish 160th.
No word yet on what issue forced the #51 to be sidelined. Turns out the #51 LFA actually had an engine swap after a “foreign substance” was discovered in the oil.
The last Lexus team, an IS-F driven by Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi, Auto Express’ Owen Mildenhall and ex-Indy 500 star Hideshi Matsuda, had a faulty fuel pump keep them out of qualifying, but managed to climb from their early setback to finish 60th.
Lexus Europe published a mountain of photos, here’s the galleries organized by day:
May 13th: Qualifying Round 1
May 14th: Qualifying Round 2
May 15th: Race Day 1
May 16th: race Day 2
Congratulations to all the teams!