Super GT: Lexus wins Fuji 500 Miles, all three brands on a podium
Kazuya Oshima and Kenta Yamashita (Lexus Team LeMans) are the winners of Fuji 500 Miles, the fifth round of the Japanese Super GT Series season. For the duo in the #6 Wako’s Lexus LC500, it’s their second consecutive victory after they triumphed in the previous race in Thailand.
For Kazuya Oshima, it’s his sixth GT500 victory in a career while his co-driver Kenta Yamashita triumphed for the second time in the top category. After five races in 2019, they extended championship lead to 16 points (60:44) in front of Nick Cassidy/Ryo Hirakawa, who finished fourth in the #37 KeePer Tom’s Lexus.
All three GT500 manufacturers were represented at Fuji 500 Miles podium, with defending champions Naoki Yamamoto/Jenson Button finishing second in the #1 Raybrig Honda NSX and pole-sitters Tsugio Matsuda/Ronnie Quintarelli third in the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R.
After almost five hours of racing, seven of fifteen GT500 crews completed 175 laps at the iconic Fuji Speedway. The winners of the GT300 class completed 163 laps at the 4.563km circuit. The GT300 class victory went to Andre Couto, Tsubasa Takahashi and Kiyoto Fujinami in the #87 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of JLOC team.
Shigekazu Wakisaka and Hiroki Yoshida finished second in the #52 Toyota Mark X MC of Saitama Toyopet Green Brave team. The third brand on the GT300 podium was Honda, represented by Ryo Michigami and Hiroki Otsu in the #34 Honda NSX GT3.
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