Inclement weather put a damper on the last two days of manufacturer testing for the 2017 GT500 cars at Autopolis circuit, with the third and final day of the test on Wednesday cancelled due to heavy fog over the circuit.
Lexus and Nissan were set to run their new GT500 cars on Yokohama tyres for the first time, with Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh drivers Yuhi Sekiguchi and Yuji Kunimoto scheduled to drive the Lexus LC 500, and Kondo Racing’s Daiki Sasaki and Masataka Yanagida scheduled to drive the new Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500.
However, the heavy fog that cancelled the morning session persisted well into the afternoon, and with poor visibility leaving drivers unable to see upcoming corners, it was ultimately decided around 1 PM that the cars would not run on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s testing was also affected by heavy afternoon rain. The Lexus LC 500 was again the quickest car in a dry AM session (1:35.235), but barely ran at all on a wet track in the PM session. The Michelin-clad Nissan GT-R completed 27 laps and, for what it’s worth, set the fastest time of the Tuesday afternoon session, with the Honda NSX-GT doing 39 laps in the rain.
Honda and Nissan will officially present their new GT500 vehicles to the public on the weekend of November 12-13 at Twin Ring Motegi. The next test session for the revised vehicles will be announced at a later date.