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Lexus Racing Report: Mid-May 2019

Lexus Super GT

May 2019 has proven fortuitous, thus far, for Lexus motorsports. We’ve already reported on AIM Vasser Sullivan’s victory in Round 3 of IMSA WeatherTech GTD racing in Mid-Ohio in the U.S. Lexus racers in Japan and Europe have seen similarly positive results.


Super GT Round 2 at Fuji (500 km)

As with Round 1 at Okayama, rain was the operative word (including a 30-minute red flag period). Ultimately, the rains stopped, and after a thrilling duel with the #23 Nissan GT-R, the #38 ZENT CERUMO LC 500 co-driven by Yuji Tachikawa and Hiroaki Ishiura claimed the first GT 500 Lexus victory of the season. Other Lexus top-10 finishers were the #39 Denso Kobelco SARD LC 500 co-driven by Heikki Kovalainen and Yuichi Nakayama (4th place), the #37 KeePer TOM’S LC 500 co-driven by Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy (7th place) and the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC 500 co-driven by Kazuka Oshima and Kenta Yamashita (8th place).

In the GT 300 class, the sole Lexus top-10 finisher was the #60 SYNTIUM LMcorsa RC F GT3 co-driven by Hiroki Yoshimoto and Dominik Farnbacher in 9th place.

The next race will be on May 26th at the Suzuka Circuit.


Blancpain GT Europe Round 2 at Silverstone, England

Lexus RC F GT3 Blancpain

In just their second race in the Blancpain GT Series Europe Endurance Cup, the #23 Tech1 Racing Lexus RC F GT3 co-driven by team principal Fabien Barthez and Bernard Delhez achieved their first AM Cup class podium finish (2nd in class and 31st overall).

The next race will be on June 1 at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

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Lexus also won at Mid-Ohio last year. It was a great last few laps in the race today.

Motorsport.tv is now carrying the Super GT series. Which Lexus also won the race at Fuji this weekend. You can set up a free account here.

https://motorsport.tv/
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Lexus Racing Report: Mid-May 2019
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Super GT & Blancpain results.
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In advance of the Nürburgring 24 hours endurance race to be held on June 20-23, the storied German racetrack holds a 6-hour Qualification race, known as QF. Toyota brought a GR Supra (in the SP8T Class) and a Lexus LC (in the SP-Pro Class). While the Supra started from 43rd Place on the grid but did not finish, the Lexus LC driven by Takeshi Tsuchiya, Naoya Gamo, Takamitsu Matsui, and Yuichi Nakayama finished the full 6-hour race in the same 24th overall position from which it started. For more info:

https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/lexus/28191856.html



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