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Lexus LFA Places 5th Overall in VLN5 Nürburgring Race

Lexus LFA Wins SP8 and 5th Overall in VLN5

It was quite an eventful weekend for racing — not only did both the Le Mans 24h Race and the Canadian Grand Prix turn in spectacular results, but in the latest edition of the VLN Nürburgring series, the #111 Lexus LFA (and drivers Iida Akira, Oshima Kazuya & Ishiura Hiroaki) won the SP8 class on their way to placing 5th overall. This is the best overall result for the Gazoo team since they started racing LFAs in 2008.

There was also a Lexus CT taking part in the race, and the team managed to climb to 105th overall after starting at 145th for a strong finish — TLE reader & photographer Thomas Biesenbach snapped some pics of both cars (plus a second LFA that finished 118th after an as-yet-unknown issuesee update below):

Last but not least, here’s a super-short video clip of one of the LFAs buzzing the Nürburgring Nordschleife:

Update: Regarding the #119 LFA that placed 118th — turns out that the low finish was entirely planned, as the car was undergoing testing in preparation of the Nürburgring 24h race at the end of the month.

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Congratulation Lexus & GaZoo !
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Congratulation Lexus & GaZoo !
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    05RollaXRS
  • June 13, 2011
LFA won the SP8 Class. There were two Aston Martin V12 Zagatos and 2 Nissan GTRs in the same SP8 class. LFA pretty much dominated the competition in its class and finished a stellar 5th overall. The other LFA unfortunately did not perform as well.
    • Anonymous
    • June 13, 2011
    Good call on Aston to race the Zagatos like the way Lexus raced the LFA before putting it into production.
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    • K
    • June 14, 2011
    It was a great showing by Gazoo Racing -- makes me pretty excited to see how the LFAs perform in the Nürburgring 24h race, they could make some real noise.
  • Anonymous
  • June 13, 2011
THAT'S ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING!!! After a lot of research, I finally understand what an amazing feat this must've been!!!
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      05RollaXRS
    • June 13, 2011
    I think after all of this, Lexus LFA is now ready to take on the Nurburgring 24-hours endurance race. I am very hopeful it will do very well.
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    • K
    • June 14, 2011
    Good point -- it wouldn't have been an easy accomplishment to come in fifth, considering the competition. Gazoo did real good.
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No doubt the GAZOO LFA is taking step at time before you know it might even win the N24 Hr race. I think CTh was been developed further for performance reasons so that when the CTh-F is approved for production we all know it started at VLNs and N24 Hr Race.
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so in the finals we will have 2 LFA + 1 CTh and 0 IS-F :(
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I´d love to see diecast models of that LFA and CT ! :-)
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  • K
  • June 13, 2011
Regarding the #119 LFA that placed 118th — turns out that the low finish was entirely planned, as the car was undergoing testing in preparation of the Nürburgring 24h race at the end of the month. I've updated the post to reflect the new info.
    • Anonymous
    • June 13, 2011
    They used that testing excuse again and too early! x) jkjkjk Lexus should have other teams race the LFA as well.
    • Anonymous
    • June 13, 2011
    They used that testing excuse again and too early! x) jkjkjk Lexus should have other teams race the LFA as well.
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    donno i feels we can see both #111 & #119 will finish both in top five as i hope the CT finish in top 20
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    • K
    • June 14, 2011
    Top 20 finish for the CT is unlikely, though I wouldn't be surprised to see both LFAs doing some real damage in the standings.
    • Anonymous
    • June 15, 2011
    aha yeah Those other little hatchbacks won't be passing any crash tests; they're legit racecars that can give the big boys a run for their money (sorta).
  • Anonymous
  • June 15, 2011
No drivers for the IS F and IS 250?

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