LEXUS RC F SECURES VICTORY AT SUZUKA

Lexus RC F

Lexus' RC F GT3 took victory in the GT300 class during round three of the 2018 Japan Super GT championship at Suzuka last weekend.

Drivers Morio Nitta and Yuichi Nakayama of the K-tunes Racing LM Corsa team earned the win after qualifying fastest in course-record time.

That result also marked the first time a Lexus RC F GT3 has topped GT300 qualifying.

The win saw Nitta equal the most number of wins in the GT300 class and puts the team within five points of the series lead. 

Nitta built up a lead in the first stint, but a yellow flag took away his advantage and the team lost one position when it changed tyres at the mid-race pit stop.

Lexus RC F

Top qualifier Nakayama produced a spirited drive to regain the lead, recorded the only sub-two-minute GT300 lap of the race and took his Lexus to the chequered flag.

In the GT500 class, Lexus Team KeePer TOM'S pair Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy staged a strong finish to take third place in their LC 500, leaving them just six points off the series lead. 

Nakayama said he was thrilled with the performance of the Lexus RC F and its handling through Suzuka's legendary fast curve, 130R. 

"Today our car's performance was wonderful, and we were able to come from behind to take the win," he said.

"The reason we won today was the fact I could go through the 130R curve consistently at such high speed. I am grateful to the Lexus engineers for giving us such a great car."

Further weekend success for the Lexus RC F GT3 occurred at Silverstone in England with a breakthrough result in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup race.

Markus Paltalla, Stéphane Ortelli and Norbert Siedler gave the RC F its first series podium finish. 

Ortelli said the Emil Frey Racing RC F GT3 finish was reward for the team's rapid improvement with its new Lexus cars.