Tachikawa fastest again in day two of TRD tests at Fuji

Day two of the semi-private Toyota Racing Development (TRD) test session at Fuji Speedway was held under much warmer, but still cold, conditions than yesterday.

Still, the car at the top of the time sheets was the #38 ZENT Cerumo Lexus LC500, piloted by seven-time Fuji Speedway race winner Yuji Tachikawa.

Tachikawa turned in the fastest lap time of the day with a 1:28.216 in the morning session – just a tenth of a second off from his benchmark set in yesterday’s opening day of the test.

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The #6 Wako’s LC500 (Kazuya Oshima/Andrea Caldarelli) was second-fastest on the board with a 1:28.349.

They also recorded the fastest top speed of the day at 300.417 kilometers per hour on the front straightaway, demonstrating the increased top-end speed of the 2017 cars with their reduced aerodynamic drag.

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The #19 WedsSport Advan LC500 (Yuhi Sekiguchi/Yuji Kunimoto) got under the 1:29 threshhold with a best time of 1:28.906.

All three cars experienced a trouble-free test session with no mechanical issues.

The times in the afternoon session weren’t as fast, with the #6 Wako’s LC500 leading with a 1:28.720, ahead of the #38 ZENT LC500 with a 1:29.097, and the #19 WedsSport LC500 with a 1:29.788.

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In GT300, the #11 Gainer Tanax Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Björn Wirdheim led a 1-2 for the Gainer team, going fastest with a 1:36.566, just under a second adrift of the GT300 lap record at Fuji.

Second was the #10 Gainer Tanax Nissan GT-R GT3 (Ryuichiro Tomita/Hiroki Yoshida) with a best time of 1:36.988. No official time was recorded for the #30 Toyota Prius apr GT (Kota Sasaki/Hiroaki Nagai), but they were reported to be third-fastest in the low 1:37s range.

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Fourth in GT300 was the Bridgestone-clad #51 JMS Lexus RC F GT3 (Yuichi Nakayama) with a best time of 1:37.530, but the intrigue around this entry today was the appearance of familiar title sponsors for the #51 car.

JMS, one of Japan’s leading automotive accessories and service retailers, features prominently on the RC F GT3 – along with premium brakes manufacturer Project µ (P.MU). P.MU Racing are the title sponsor of the Cerumo/INGING Motorsport Super Formula team, and JMS were the title sponsor for the INGING-supported #51 LM Corsa entries in 2015 (BMW Z4 GT3) and 2016 (Ferrari 488 GT3).

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In the afternoon session, the #30 Toyota Prius was fastest with a best lap of 1:37.472, then the #51 JMS RC F (1:37.567), and the two Gainer cars, the AMG and the GT-R in order, with unrecorded times.

All photos credited to AUTOSPORTweb by photographer Toshikazu Moriyama.


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