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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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Some great improvements by Lexus Racing. Kyle is a great guy and awesome driver. Excited for the rest of the season!
@LexusTechSA, thanks bro for the videos
Slowly but confident
So proud of those guys!!!!
Next up is Petit Le Mans here in Atlanta next month. I'm hoping something cool happens :)
I'll be with Lexus Racing at Petit Le Mans. If you have a LFA/LC/IS F/GS F/RC F and would like to attend send me a message. I would love to give a couple of involved LE members a pass to attend :)
Hi everyone. I have one VIP Pass to offer a Lexus Enthusiast F/LC 500 owner. Held in Atlanta, Petit LeMans is the historic race going on Saturday but the pass gives you access Friday and Thursday as well. On Friday and Saturday, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served as refreshments all day and VIP goodies.

I am specifically looking for one hardcore F/LC 500 owner to join us! We already have a group of 10 F owners coming together.

You can DM me here or email me at mikeforsythe13@gmail.com. Thank you!

-mike-

Here we are at Sebring to get a general idea of things. It really is an amazing experience!

Emil Frey Lexus Racing posted a summary of its 2018 season in Europe's Blancpain GT3 series (the team finished 3rd overall). More info in this Lexus Europe Newsroom article:

https://newsroom.lexus.eu/emil-frey-lexus-racings-highlights-of-the-year-2018/
The new AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F team is close to completing its full-time roster with the signing of 2015 IMSA GT Daytona champion Townsend Bell and his recent GTD co-driver Frankie Montecalvo. The American duo join Lexus program veteran Jack Hawksworth, the first driver confirmed by AVS, who will have his teammate announced in the near future. More info in this Racer magazine article:

https://racer.com/2018/11/29/bell-a...BbABEYuHecGnEVeRW1ZO0l-EgAJOuRNEZSOKc3XZlJtTc
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Lexus LC Set to Return in Next Year's 24 Hours of Nürburgring Race
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Would love to see that racing here..... especially with BMW now racing the 8 series..
Flashing back a bit to November 24, Autoweek's Matt Weaver wrote an informative background piece on the Gentilozzi 3GT-to-AIM Vasser Sullivan IMSA team transition:

https://autoweek.com/article/imsa/new-aim-vasser-sullivan-racing-lexus-teams-gears-debut-imsa-season
Is Toyota and Lexus going to eventually implement these improvements and technology to their road cars? I'm especially interested into what they do to their engines.

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