The Lexus made the law today in qualifying under the sun of Motegi.
Four LC500s went in Q2 against 3 Honda NSX-GT and only one Nissan GT-R. Yet this one, the GT-R / NISMO # 23 driven by Tsugio Matsuda was the fastest in Q1, in 1.36.353, ahead of Ryo Hirakawa's Lexus / Tom's # 37 (1.36.565) and the Lexus / Zent Cerumo # 38 from Hiroaki Ishiura (1.36.586).
In Q2, the Lexus went on the offensive and the fight for pole position was very tight, with Yuhi Sekiguchi (Lexus / Tom's # 36), in 1.35.964, ahead of the Lexus / Wako's Team LeMans # 6 Kenta Yamashita only three hundredths of a second, the # 6 being in 1.35.999.
Both Lexus are in Bridgestone. the manufacturer equipped 6 of the 8 cars passed in Q2.
Nissan # 23, in Michelin, is third with Ronnie Quintarelli shooting in 1.36.128, the Italian sharing the second row with Nick Cassidy (Lexus / Tom's # 37) in 1.36.228.
The duel for the title between the
Lexus / Wako's Team LeMans # 6 by Kazuya Oshima / Kenta Yammashita and the
Lexus / Tom's # 37 by Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy is launched.
The times are HERE
Small event with the very first pole of the McLaren 720S # 720.
In Q1, who qualified for the next round 16 of the 29 cars entered, the Hironobu Yasuda's GT11 / GTIN # 11 TANAX # 11 was the quickest, in 1.46.601, ahead of the Subaru BRZ / R & D Sport. # 61 of Hideki Yamauchi, in 1.46.633, and the Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Leon Racing # 65 of Togo Suganami, in 1.46.669. Seiji Ara and McLaren were eighth.
In Q2, Spaniard Alex Palou set the record straight and clinched his very first pole in 1.45.907, ahead of Kazuki Hiramine's Nissan GT-R GT3 / Kondo Racing # 56 (1.46.033), two cars being shod in Yokohama.
The second line combines the Naoya Gamou's Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Leon Racing # 65, in Bridgestone (1.46.036), and the Nissan GT-R GT3 / TANAX GAINER # 11, in Dunlop, by Katsuyuki Hiranaka (1.46.166) .
The chronos are there