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Fuji Super GT: Bandoh Toyota claims first pole since 2016

Carrying no success ballast, Ritomo Miyata establish of residing a fresh lap file of 1m26.496s at the wheel of the Yokohama-shod Toyota GR Supra he shares with Yuji Kunimoto in Q2. 

That became than three tenths up on the fresh file establish of residing by Kenta Yamashita in qualifying for closing one year’s season finale, and ample to edge out the ARTA Honda NSX-GT of Nirei Fukuzumi (8kg) by honest appropriate three thousandths of a 2d at the stop of the session. 

It marks both the Bandoh crew’s and Kunimoto’s first pole since the 2016 Thailand lunge. 

Bridgestone-shod Toyotas locked out the next four places on the grid, with the Cerumo automobile of Yuji Tachikawa (10kg) taking third internet page, 0.535s off the tempo, ahead of the TOM’S vehicles of Yuhi Sekiguchi (30kg) and Sena Sakaguchi (24kg) in fourth and fifth places. 

The Okayama lunge-winning Rookie Racing GR Supra, carrying basically the most 40kg of ballast, became quickest in Q1 with Yamashita at the wheel but in Q2 became supreme sixth-quickest in the fingers of Kazuya Oshima. 

Simplest of the Nissans became the ballast-free #23 NISMO automobile of Ronnie Quintarelli in seventh internet page, while the SARD Toyota of Heikki Kovalainen (16kg) rounded out the Q2 show. 

Honda lost four of its five NSX-GT contenders in Q1, with the Dunlop-shod Hondas of the Mugen and Nakajima Racing teams the quickest of those to fall out in the outlet session and ending the head 10, while Nissan lost three of its four GT-Rs. 

The closing Bridgestone Hondas of Proper Racing (12kg) and Crew Kunimitsu qualified 11th and 15th respectively, with Naoki Yamamoto surprisingly slowest of all in the latter automobile regardless of supreme carrying 6kg of ballast. 

Subaru on GT300 pole with fresh BRZ 

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#61 SUBARU BRZ R&D SPORT

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Subaru scored the most essential pole situation for its all-fresh BRZ, as Hideki Yamauchi establish of residing the quickest time of 1m35.343s in the GT300 class pole shootout. 

Likewise aided by carrying no success ballast, Yamauchi outpaced the ARTA Honda NSX GT3 of Ren Sato by 0.142s, the supreme FIA GT3-guidelines automobile to qualify in each place in the head five. 

Toyota GR Supra GT300s locked out the 2d row with the LM Corsa automobile of Hiroki Yoshimoto edging out the Saitama Toyopet machine of Kohta Kawaai in fourth, while Inging’s ‘Mother Chassis’ Lotus Evora became fifth with third driver Kazuto Kotaka. 

The Kondo Racing Nissan GT-R of Kiyoto Fujinami and Joao Paulo de Oliveira, which won at Okayama and is carrying basically the most 60kg of ballast, dropped out in Q1 and would perchance open Tuesday’s lunge from manner down in 26th. 

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GT500 qualifying outcomes:

Pos. No. Vehicle Crew Drivers Tyre Q1 Q2
1 19 Toyota Racing Project Bandoh

Japan Yuji Kunimoto

Japan Ritomo Miyata

Y 1’27.406 1’26.496
2 8 Honda ARTA

Japan Tomoki Nojiri

Japan Nirei Fukuzumi

B 1’27.195 1’26.499
3 38 Toyota Cerumo

Japan Hiroaki Ishiura

Japan Yuji Tachikawa

B 1’27.329 1’27.031
4 36 Toyota TOM’S

Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi

Japan Sho Tsuboi

B 1’27.220 1’27.081
5 37 Toyota TOM’S

Japan Ryo Hirakawa

Japan Sena Sakaguchi

B 1’27.227 1’27.230
6 14 Toyota Rookie Racing

Japan Kazuya Oshima

Japan Kenta Yamashita

B 1’27.176 1’27.242
7 23 Nissan NISMO

Italy Ronnie Quintarelli

Japan Tsugio Matsuda

M 1’27.478 1’27.283
8 39 Toyota SARD

Finland Heikki Kovalainen

Japan Yuichi Nakayama

B 1’27.418 1’27.579
9 16 Honda Mugen

Japan Ukyo Sasahara

Japan Toshiki Oyu

D 1’27.509  
10 64 Honda Nakajima Racing

Japan Takuya Izawa

Japan Hiroki Otsu

D 1’27.555  
11 17 Honda Proper Racing

Belgium Bertrand Baguette

Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi

B 1’27.717  
12 3 Nissan NDDP/B-Max

Japan Kohei Hirate

Japan Katsumasa Chiyo

M 1’27.753  
13 12 Nissan Impul

Japan Kazuki Hiramine

Japan Nobuharu Matsushita

B 1’27.897  
14 24 Nissan Kondo Racing

Japan Daiki Sasaki

Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi

Y 1’28.138  
15 1 Honda Kunimitsu

Japan Naoki Yamamoto

Japan Hideki Mutoh

Japan Tadasuke Makino

B 1’28.649  

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