Super GT - Fuji 500: Lexus wins in both classes
Japanese racing veterans Yuji Tachikawa and Hiroaki Ishiura were the class of their own and they won the Fuji 500, the second round of the 2017 Super GT Series. A duo in the #38 Zent Cerumo Lexus LC500 won the race after starting from pole and led for most of 110 laps at 4,563 meters long circuit. Taking a pole position, Tachikawa extended his record for most pole positions to 22. Today’s victory is 16th Super GT win in Tachikawa’s career, the first since 2014. For Ishiura, this is 4th GT500 win in a career.
After taking first six positions in the season-opening race at Okayama, Lexus LC500 was again a dominant car, capturing all three podiums places. Kazuya Oshima and Andrea Caldarelli finished in the second place in the #6 Wako’s Lexus, ahead of Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy in the #37 KeePer Tom’s Lexus. The best non-Lexus crew were Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli in the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R.
Lexus has two reason for celebration as they also won the race in the GT300 class. The winners are Yuichi Nakayama and Sho Tsuboi in the LM Corsa #51 Lxus RC F. Two German cars take other two podium places, the #11 Gainer Mercedes-AMG GT3, driven by Katsuyuki Hiranaka and Bjorn Wirdheim, and the #33 D’Station Porsche 911 GT3, driven by Tomonobu Fujii and Sven Muller. The #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka, which started from pole, suffered from two punctures of the front left tire, dropping out from P5 with just four laps to go.