Category Archives: Test Reports

Lexus flexes their muscle at Okayama manufacturer test

On Wednesday, 9 GT500 teams and 3 GT300 teams travelled to Okayama International Circuit for the first day of a manufacturer shakedown test – which will precede the first official Super GT pre-season test on March 17 & 18.

Continuing with last winter’s theme of Lexus supremacy, their LC500s recorded the fastest times of both the morning and afternoon sessions, with the #38 ZENT Cerumo LC500 (Yuji Tachikawa/Hiroaki Ishiura) recording the fastest time of the day, and the GT300 class in both sessions being led by the #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Haruki Kurosawa/Naoya Gamou).

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Snow disrupts Toyota tyre test at Fuji; Rosenqvist runs for Team LeMans

Toyota Techno Craft (TTC) took five of their supported cars from the Autobacs Super GT Series, as well as TOM’s two cars from the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship and the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, to Fuji Speedway for a private test primarily for the GT500 cars.

Four Lexus LC500s, plus a lone GT300 class Lexus RC F GT3, were on hand for the test which was interrupted by a flurry of snow on a cold January morning at the circuit.

The #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500, one of four Lexus sporting their revised 2018 aero package, set the fastest time of the test with a 1:28.483 – but it was an eagle-eyed observer who spotted the biggest story of the test: Felix Rosenqvist, the current FIA Formula E Championship leader, driving the blue and pink number 6.

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Kondo Racing fastest at Fuji tyre test

On July 12-13, 13 teams representing Yokohama and Dunlop tyres took to Fuji International Speedway for a tyre test, with all three Yokohama Advan-clad GT500 teams and the sole Dunlop-clad #64 Epson Modulo Honda NSX-GT joined by nine other GT300 squads.

Standing on top of the GT500 order was the #24 Forum Engineering Advan Nissan GT-R of Daiki Sasaki and João Paulo de Oliveira, which led both days of testing and set the fastest outright time of the two-day test with a 1:30.101.

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NISMO leads the way at Suzuka official test

The Autobacs Super GT Series conducted its fourth and final in-season official test at Suzuka Circuit on June 30 and July 1, in preparation for next month’s Suzuka 1000km: The Final on August 27.

Over the course of two days, four sessions, and over ten hours of testing with conditions that ranged from a full wet start to a fine and dry finish, it was NISMO’s #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R, piloted by Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli, which set the best time of both days of the test.

Quintarelli’s best time from Day 1 on Friday was followed up by the #19 WedsSport Advan Lexus LC500 of Yuhi Sekiguchi, Yuji Kunimoto, and Kamui Kobayashi setting the best time in Day 2 on Saturday.

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