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Toyota Gazoo Racing outlines 2018 Super GT Activities

Toyota Gazoo Racing announced their global motorsports activities for the 2018 season in a press release on Thursday, and with it, outlined their participation for the Autobacs Super GT Series.

Super GT series is the top category of Japanese car racing, and in 2018, Lexus Gazoo Racing will continue to enter the Lexus LC 500. Lexus Gazoo Racing will support 6 teams and 6 vehicles through TRD. In the GT300 class, Toyota Gazoo Racing will enter 2 Toyota Prius and 3 Lexus RC F GT3 models.

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Yamashita promoted to full-time GT500 status with WedsSport Bandoh

Kenta Yamashita, the top prospect of the Toyota Young Driver Programme (TDP), will make his full-time GT500 class debut in the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.

The 22-year-old driver from Chiba, who won the 2016 All-Japan Formula Three Championship and put in a sensational performance in that year’s Macau Grand Prix, will drive alongside Yuji Kunimoto in the #19 WedsSport Advan Lexus LC500, riding on Yokohama Advan tyres.

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Oliveira & Kondo Racing take record-breaking Suzuka 1000km pole

This weekend’s 46th International Suzuka 1000km will be the swansong for the GT500 class at this event, and Brazilian star João Paulo de Oliveira made the final qualifying session for the GT500 cars at the Suzuka summer endurance race a memorable one.

Oliveira, Daiki Sasaki, and the #24 Forum Engineering Advan Nissan GT-R of Kondo Racing stormed to pole position – the first ever for Kondo Racing in their twelve years in GT500 – as Oliveira broke the course record for GT500 cars by over three-tenths of a season.

It is a lap that will likely stand for all time as the fastest lap by a GT car at the Suzuka summer endurance race, and it puts Kondo Racing in the best position to potentially win the final Suzuka 1000km on Sunday and turn around what has been a miserable season for the team thus far.

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Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh goes fastest in Fuji 300km practice

The #19 WedsSport Advan Lexus LC500 of Yuhi Sekiguchi and Yuji Kunimoto will likely be the favourites to extend Lexus’ unbeaten GT500 record in 2017. They proved just that, as Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh went fastest in Saturday’s free practice session for the Fuji GT 300km Race.

Sekiguchi laid down his fastest lap of the day in the #19 WedsSport LC500 in the final minutes of practice, and together with the two Lexus Team TOM’s cars who took second and third at the chequered flag, Lexus took another 1-2-3 result in practice. In GT300, it was the #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 (Shinichi Takagi/Sean Walkinshaw) that went fastest.

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