Autobacs Racing Team Aguri have won in both classes at the fifth round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, the Fuji GT 300km Race at Fuji Speedway.
The #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT (Tomoki Nojiri/Takashi Kobayashi) led nearly every lap from pole position to score ARTA’s first GT500 class win since 2013, as well as Nojiri’s first career Super GT victory – they also broke a nearly two-year winless drought for Honda in GT500, and in doing so, ended Lexus’ five-race winning streak in GT500 dating back to the end of 2016.
At the end of a long, outstanding battle for 2nd, the #23 Motul Autech GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda/Ronnie Quintarelli) held off the #38 ZENT Cerumo LC500 (Yuji Tachikawa/Hiroaki Ishiura), which took the final podium place.
The #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 (Shinichi Takagi/Sean Walkinshaw) similarly dominated the race in GT300, winning the Fuji 300km from pole for the third year in a row, ahead of the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Nobuteru Taniguchi/Tatsuya Kataoka) in 2nd, which will move into the GT300 Championship lead.
It is ARTA’s first “Double Victory” since the Sugo GT 300km Race in 2013.
Full recaps to follow on Super GT World and at DailySportsCar.com
On Sunday, before the fifth round of the Autobacs Super GT Series at Fuji Speedway, GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh gave his customary pre-race press conference to the media.
A few of the subjects covered included, but were not limited to, the potential introduction of a Full Course Yellow system, Mercedes-AMG’s sudden withdrawal from the DTM and its impacts on a potential collaboration with Super GT, and even the future of the Fuji GT 300km Race itself from 2018 and beyond.
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Quite simply, qualifying for the fifth round of the Autobacs Super GT Series at Fuji Speedway was a banner day for Autobacs Racing Team Aguri, who took pole position in both GT500 and GT300 classes.
Thanks to a last-gasp flying lap from Tomoki Nojiri in Q2, the #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT of Nojiri and Takashi Kobayashi notched up their third pole position of the 2017 season, and completed ARTA’s historic double pole position – the first for a single team in nearly twelve years.
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Autobacs Racing Team Aguri have dominated GT300 in the Fuji GT 300km Race the last two years, and during Saturday qualifying, they put themselves one step closer towards a hat trick of victories at the Summer race at Fuji Speedway.
The #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 of Shinichi Takagi and Sean Walkinshaw took pole position for Round 5 of the Autobacs Super GT Series, making up the first half of an eventual ARTA double pole position (see our GT500 report for more), and the front half of an all-BMW front row in GT300, alongside the #7 Studie BMW M6 GT3 of Jörg Müller and Seiji Ara.
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