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
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.