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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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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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Sekiguchi puts WedsSport LC500 on top in second day of testing

Yuhi Sekiguchi and the #19 WedsSport Advan Lexus LC500 topped the time sheets in the second day of Official Testing for the Autobacs Super GT Series on Sunday.

With favorable conditions in the morning session, Sekiguchi went on to complete a total of 139 laps on the day, 265 in total over both days, to set the fastest outright time of the two-day testing period in the Yokohama-clad Lexus.

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