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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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JMS LM Corsa capture Lexus RC F’s maiden GT300 victory

It had been a difficult first two years for the Lexus RC F GT3 in the Autobacs Super GT Series, with only two best finishes of tenth place in its first two seasons, and no points scored at all in 2016.

But with the unveiling of the new 2017 model RC F GT3, LM Corsa, Lexus, and Toyota were confident that their GT3 challenger could break through in Super GT this season. That moment came at Lexus’ home track, Fuji International Speedway, and the Golden Week tradition, the 2017 Fuji GT 500km Race – as the #51 JMS P.MU LM Corsa RC F GT3 of Yuichi Nakayama and Sho Tsuboi took the chequered flag for the first time ever in GT300.

A win achieved thanks in large part to great speed, incredible long first and second stints on their Bridgestone tyres, and some cruel misfortunes for the pole-winning #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Nobuteru Taniguchi & Tatsuya Kataoka.

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Taniguchi takes GT300 pole position for Goodsmile Racing

Not even a field-high 40 kilogram Success Ballast penalty was going to stop Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO from continuing their torrid start to the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, as they took GT300 pole position for the 2017 Fuji GT 500km Race thanks to a pole-winning lap in Q2 from ace driver Nobuteru Taniguchi.

The pole position for the Golden Week classic ends a run of over six years since the last time Goodsmile Racing and Taniguchi sat on pole position, dating back to the 2011 Motegi GT 250km Race.

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Goodsmile Racing end three-year winless drought at Okayama

After going without a single race victory in the last two seasons, Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO returned to the top step of the podium in the GT300 class during Sunday’s opening round of the 2017 Super GT Series at Okayama International Circuit.

A tenacious start from Tatsuya Kataoka, a two-tyre stop to gain track position and take advantage of the resurfaced Okayama International Circuit, and smooth driving at the end from Nobuteru Taniguchi helped propel the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 to the team’s first victory since 2014, and their first as a Mercedes-AMG customer team.

They lead the GT300 podium ahead of the #65 LEON Cvstos AMG of Haruki Kurosawa and Naoya Gamou, and the #9 Gulf NAC Porsche 911 GT3-R of Jono Lester and Kyosuke Mineo.

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