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Lexus Racing Report: Mid April 2019

Lexus Super GT

Wet, rainy weather was the overarching theme for the start of the 2019 Lexus motorsports season in Japan and Europe.


Super GT Round 1 at Okayama

The inaugural round of the 2019 Super GT season in Okayama, nominally a 300 km / 82 lap race was ended by torrential rains after only 31 laps that saw a pair of red flag crashes.

In the GT 500 class, Lexus’ best result was the 6th-place finish of the #19 WedsSport ADVAN LC 500 co-driven by Yusuke Kunimoto and Sho Tsuboi. Other Lexus top 10 finishers were the #38 ZENT CERUMO LC 500 co-driven by Tachikawa Kushiro and Ishiura Hiroaki (8th place) and the #36 au TOM’S LC 500 co-driven by Kazuki Nakajima and Yuki Sekiguchi (9th place).

Lexus fared much better in the GT 300 class, with the #96 K-Tunes RC F GT3 co-driven by Morio Nitta and Haruna Sakaguchi taking the checkered flag for the class victory. Also finishing within the top 10 in GT 300 was the #60 SYNTIUM LMcorsa RC F GT3 co-driven by Hiroki Yoshimoto and Atsushi Miyata in 7th place.

The next race will be on May 4th at Fuji Speedway.


Blancpain GT Europe Round 1 at Monza, Italy

Lexus Tech Racing

The maiden outing of the Tech1 Racing team in Blancpain GT Series Europe Endurance Cup competition saw the #23 Lexus RC F GT3 co-driven by team principal Fabien Barthez and Bernard Delhez achieve a 5th-place finish in the AM Cup class under rain-soaked conditions.

The next race will be on May 12th at Silverstone in Great Britain.

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LexusTechSA
Link to qualifying results for Super GT

https://supergt.net/results/index/2018/Round3/3/gt500

https://supergt.net/results/index/2018/Round3/3/gt300

So Lexus failed in the GT500 so far as well as Nuburgring

I think there's something wrong this season
Another thing I forgot to mention. The Blancpain GT Series entrance is one of the biggest moves Lexus has made. It has made them a huge player among the "big boy" cars that come from Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Bentley. Currently, they need to do plenty of work in terms of the championships but they're still doing a commendable job. Still, they need to win it all. Go Lexus!
I've never followed the Lexus racing program in recent years since I am a WRC guy. Could someone summarize how well the RC fares in GT racing?

GT500 is just stupid. I couldn't care less about silouette cars especially when there's no obligatory road homologation.
ssun30
I've never followed the Lexus racing program in recent years since I am a WRC guy. Could someone summarize how well the RC fares in GT racing.
The RC F GT3 program looks to be picking up steam:
  • After a season and a half with little success, 3GT Racing won their first IMSA race this month.
  • The European program had more success, and was competitive in VLN in 2016 and the GT Open in 2017. Emil Frey Racing is now in the Blancpain GT series, a considerably more prestigious championship, and have managed a third place finish in four races this year.
  • The RC F GT3 in Japan has really struggled, but a newly formed team with SuperGT legend Morio Nitta just finished first in this weekend's race.
This could just be a string of good luck, but hopefully the teams on all three continents will continue to be competitive. I know the first place finish by 3GT has energized my interest.
congratulations Lexus!
Finally a good result after the bad start
Congratulations to Toyota
Lexus IS just racking up those wins . Nice !!
Everything start getting better!!!
1 to 3 once you get there you get there good job team .

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