September 30, 2020

Toyota Supras sweep final day of Okayama Super GT test

Sho Tsuboi set the pace in the closing moments of the morning session that was disrupted by no fewer than five red flags at the wheel of Cerumo’s #14 car, setting a best time of 1m18.123s and leading a Toyota 1-2 ahead of TOM’S driver Yuhi Sekiguchi.

That turned out to be the day’s quickest time, as Hiroaki Ishiura’s best effort in the afternoon session of 1m18.193s in the sister #38 machine fell just 0.070s short.

However, Bertrand Baguette’s Saturday benchmark of 1m17.850s, set at the wheel of the Real Racing Honda NSX-GT, was not bettered.

Sekiguchi’s time in the #36 TOM’S Supra in the morning session was good enough for third overall behind the two Cerumo-run cars, with Baguette once again finishing up as top Honda driver in the #17 machine, just a further 0.007s back.

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Nissan’s Ronnie Quintarelli was second-quickest in the afternoon, his early effort of 1m18.409s standing until Ishiura went quicker a little over an hour into the session. The time was good enough for fifth overall in the Michelin-shod #23 GT-R.

The ARTA squad failed to improve on its best time from Saturday, Tomoki Nojiri setting the day’s sixth-fastest time ahead of Honda stablemate Naoki Yamamoto in the Team Kunimitsu NSX-GT and the Impul Nissan of Daiki Sasaki.

Completing the top 10 overall were the SARD Toyota, driven by ex-Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen, and the Yokohama-shod Kondo Nissan of Mitsunori Takaboshi.

The #37 TOM’S car had another low-key day as the combined efforts of Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa left the pair down in 13th, second-slowest of the Toyota contingent.

A crash for Yuji Kunimoto in the morning at the Moss S at the wheel of the Bandoh Supra meant the day was a write-off for the team, which failed to do any representative running as it was unable to repair the #19 car in time for the afternoon session.

#19 WedsSport ADVAN GR Supra with crash damage

#19 WedsSport ADVAN GR Supra with crash damage

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

Kunimoto was taken to the medical centre as a precaution but escaped injury.

In GT300, the Cars Dream Tokai28 Lotus Evora MC of Hiroki Katoh set the pace overall with a best effort of 1m25.595s in the morning session.

Second overall was the quickest car in the afternoon, the works-entered Subaru BRZ R&D Sport on a 1m25.773s, followed by the #31 apr Toyota Prius PHV GR Sport, the Team Hitotsuyama Audi R8 LMS and the Tomei Sports Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

GT500 test results:

Pos. No. Team/Car Drivers Tyre am time pm time
1 14 Cerumo Toyota

Japan Kazuya Oshima

Japan Sho Tsuboi

B

1’18.123 1’18.699
2 38 Cerumo Toyota

Japan Hiroaki Ishiura

Japan Yuji Tachikawa

B

1’18.595 1’18.193
3 36 TOM’S Toyota

France Sacha Fenestraz

Japan Kazuki Nakajima

B

1’18.351 1’18.634
4 17 Real Honda

Belgium Bertrand Baguette

Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi

B

1’18.358 1’19.237
5 23 NISMO Nissan

Italy Ronnie Quintarelli

Japan Tsugio Matsuda

M

1’18.725 1’18.409
6 8 ARTA Honda

Japan Tomoki Nojiri

Japan Nirei Fukuzumi

B

1’18.485 1’19.718
7 100 Kunimitsu Honda

Japan Naoki Yamamoto

Japan Tadasuke Makino

B

1’19.405 1’18.663
8 12 Impul Nissan

Japan Kazuki Hiramine

Japan Daiki Sasaki

B

1’18.849 1’19.314
9 39 SARD Toyota

Finland Heikki Kovalainen

Japan Yuichi Nakayama

B

1’19.378 1’18.939
10 24 Kondo Nissan

United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough

Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi

Y

1’18.969 1’20.020
11 3 B-Max Nissan

Japan Kohei Hirate

Japan Katsumasa Chiyo

M

1’19.065 1’19.734
12 64 Nakajima Honda

Japan Takuya Izawa

Japan Hiroki Otsu

D

1’20.213 1’19.073
13 37 TOM’S Toyota

New Zealand Nick Cassidy

Japan Ryo Hirakawa

B

1’19.108 1’19.296
14 230 Nissan test car Y 1’22.144 1’19.746
15 16 Mugen Honda

Japan Ukyo Sasahara

Japan Hideki Mutoh

Y

1’20.038 1’19.796
16 19 Bandoh Toyota

Japan Yuji Kunimoto

Japan Ritomo Miyata

Y

1’31.346 no time

Tyre key: B = Bridgestone, D = Dunlop, M = Michelin, Y = Yokohama

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