Button and Yamamoto, of the Kunimitsu Racing workforce, have been to complete in entrance of the TOM # Lexus LC500 # 1 shared by Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy to win the title. and did it by taking third place, simply 1.5 seconds forward of his predominant rival.
That is the primary Honda Tremendous GT title since 2010, with Button turning into the primary rookie to win the championship since Toranosuke Takagi had achieved the feat in 2005.
Yamamoto, who received the Tremendous Formulation title final month at Suzuka, additionally grew to become the primary driver to win many successes in Japan's two most prestigious collection since Richard Lyons in 2004.
The race was received by the ARTA Honda duo, Takuya Izawa and Tomoki Nojiri, in pole place, whereas the Cerumo Lexus duo, Hiroaki Ishiura and Yuji Tachikawa, have been second, 1.eight seconds behind the workforce. ;arrival.
Evolution of the race
Izawa took the pole from the beginning, whereas Yamamoto took the second place, whereas Cassidy took a spot within the first lap to take the fifth place behind Bertrand Baguette within the N ° 64 Nakajima Honda. Cerumo Lexus # 38 from Tachikawa.
Thus the order remained within the lead till Izawa pitted No. eight NSX-GT in opposition to the sector to give up it to Nojiri on lap 19 of 53 when Yamamoto takes management of the race.
Cassidy takes second place when Baguette and Tachikawa keen to present their respective teammates Kosuke Matsuura and Ishiura. Cassidy and race chief Yamamoto journey collectively within the pit lane on the finish of spherical 29.
Button, succeeding Yamamoto, returns to fourth place, however shortly eliminates Matsuura.
However the Englishman fails to discover a strategy to Ishiura, which provides an enormous favor to Cassidy and Hirakawa, Lexus employees, by holding Button's No. 100 NSX-GT for a number of towers.
At the moment, Hirakawa was capable of climb from eighth to fourth place, abruptly passing an endangered Matsuura and shortly started to bridge the seven-second hole between Button and Button in entrance of him. .
In three rounds, he had decreased the deficit to lower than two seconds and, 5 laps from the top, he was proper on Button's tail.
The hole between Button and Hirakawa diminishes when the couple negotiates slower visitors in GT300, however Button manages to mark a decisive pause within the penultimate spherical and to start out the final one. flip with a 1.5 second lead.
It was sufficient for him to carry again the No. 100 Honda in entrance of the No. 1 Lexus of the identical margin and safe the title.
Six seconds earlier than, Nojiri was capable of deal with his benefit on the Ishiura Lexus and win a second win of the season for himself and his teammate ARTA Honda, Izawa.
Yuji Kunimoto and Kenta Yamashita are among the many prime 19 within the WedsSport Lexus standings, forward of Workforce Lexus Lexus No.6, Kazuya Oshima and Felix Rosenqvist.
Nissan's greatest rider was Tsugio Matsuda's NISMO GT-R # 23 and Ronnie Quintarelli in seventh place.
Baguette and Matsuura misplaced in 12th place after she was hit from behind by TOM's Lexus # 38 of Yuki Sekiguchi, claiming the title exterior.
The victory of Izawa and Nojiri propelled them to 3rd place within the closing factors forward of Sekiguchi, who failed to attain in 13th place.
Pos. No. Drivers Automobile Time / Distance 1 eight Tomoki Nojiri
Takuya Izawa Honda 53 turns 2 38 Yuji Tachikawa
Hiroaki Ishiura Lexus 1.806 three 100 Naoki Yamamoto
Honda Jenson Button eight.096 four 1 Ryo Hirakawa
Nick Cassidy Lexus 9.672 5 19 Yuji Kunimoto
Kenta Yamashita Lexus 23.171 6 6 Kazuya Oshima
Lexus Felix Rosenqvist 35.697 7 23 Tsugio Matsuda
Nissan Ronnie Quintarelli 36.167 eight 39 Heikki Kovalain [Demi-Sante]
Katsumasa Chiyo Nissan 40.803 10 24 Joao Paulo de Oliveira
Nissan Mitsunori Takaboshi 44.458 11 12 Daiki Sasaki
Jann Mardenborough Nissan 45.226 12 64 Bertrand Baguette
Matsuura Honda Core 47.861 13 36 Kazuki Sekiguchi Lexus 1 & # 39; 00.811 14 16 Hideki Mutoh
Daisuke Nakajima Honda 1 & 07.524 15 17 Koudai Tsukakoshi
Takashi Kogure Honda 1 & 29.483
GT300: LEON Racing Wins Honors
. The title struggle was received by Haruki Kurosawa and Naoya Gamou, two LEON Racing Mercedes riders, who took benefit of Lamborghini's misfortune to win their first win of the season.
Marco Mapelli had opened a sizeable 13-second lead over the JLOC Lamborghini Huracan GT3 # 88 within the opening a part of the race earlier than the Italian was a sufferer of harm. a puncture on the again proper.
Shortly after Mapelli surrendered to teammate Kazuki Hiramine, automotive # 88 suffered a brand new puncture, this time on the left-back, placing an finish to his race.
Kurosawa moved from second place on the grid to fifth place at the beginning, however he and Gamou resumed their place within the race on the wheel of the no. 65 Mercedes-AMG GT3 after n? haven’t modified tires in the course of the pit cease.
Gamou inherited a seven-second lead and received by 2.four seconds forward of Koki Saga's No. 31 Toyota Prius and Kohei Hirate, each he and Kurosawa profitable the title in opposition to Koki Saga. Pre-race leaders Shinichi Takagi and Sean Walkinshaw.
Takagi, who was 10th on the grid, didn’t progress sufficient to hinder the leaders of the primary stint, and Walkinshaw lastly received the ninth spherical of the BMW M6 GT3 ARTA # 55.
# 65 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 Leon Racing R & D: Haruki Kurosawa, Naoya Gamou
Picture by: Masahide Kamio