The month of May in Lexus motorsports wraps up with news from Germany and Japan.
Super GT Round 3 at Suzuka (300 km)
In GT 500 racing, a trio of Lexus LC 500s finished first (the #36 au TOM’S co-driven by Kazuki Nakajima and Yuhi Sekiguchi), second (the #37 KeePer TOM’S co-driven by Ryo Hirakama and Nick Cassidy) and third (the #6 Wako’s 4CR co-driven by Kazuya Oshima and Kenta Yamashita).
In the GT 300 class, the #96 K-tunes RC F GT3 co-driven by Sena Sakakuchi and Morio Nitta achieved its second win of the season.This, by the way, was Nitro’s 22nd GT 300 victory, making him the series’ winningest-ever driver.
For Round 4 of Super GT racing, the series travels to Thailand on June 30.
ADAC 6 Hours of the Nürburgring Qualification Race
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. Lexus’ official factory effort consists of the #56 Gazoo Racing LC co-driven by Takeshi Tsuchiya, Naoya Gamo, Takamitsu Matsui, and Yuichi Nakayama. Competing in the SP-Pro class, it finished in the exact same 24th-place overall position from which it qualified and started the race.
The best result by a Lexus racer, however, was the 20th-place overall finish achieved by the privateer #19 RC F GT3 co-driven by Dominik Farnbacher, Hiroki Yoshimoto and Michael Tischner. This collaboration between Japan Super GT’s Racing Project Bandoh and Nürburgring stalwarts NOVEL Racing competed in the SP9 Pro-Am class.