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LEXUS DOMINATES PENULTIMATE SUPER GT ROUND

Lexus has scored a stunning result in the penultimate round of Japan's Super GT championship in Thailand, finishing one-two in the GT 500 class and also winning GT 300.

The Lexus LC 500 filled five of the top six places in GT 500 and Lexus teams now hold the top two championship positions with one round remaining at Motegi on November 11-12.

Lexus LC 500 race cars won the first four rounds of the eight-round Super GT series.

Lexus Team KeePer TOM'S LC 500 pair Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy in the No. 37 car won the 300km race from pole position at the Thai Chang International Circuit by 12 seconds, from Kazuya Oshima/Andrea Caldarelli in the Lexus Team Le Mans WAKO'S LC 500 entry.

Lexus Team KeePer TOM'S' second victory of the season lifted it to the series lead, six points ahead of Lexus Team WAKO'S. Lexus teams also filled fourth, fifth and sixth positions.

Yuichi Nakayama/Sho Tsuboi won in the GT 300 class in the No. 51 Lexus RC F GT3, the second time this season the team has won and the second time Lexus has claimed both classes at a Super GT event.

The race began on a damp track and all but two cars started on wet-weather tyres.

Race winner Hirakawa praised the team and his co-driver's fine opening stint in tricky conditions.

"The rain just before the start made us nervous, but Nick was able to run at a fast pace on the wet-weather tyres and built us a good lead," he said. "The timing for our change to dry tyres was also good and the pit stop was great."

Cassidy said it was amazing day. "I want to thank Lexus for the great car they gave us and the team for the car's fast set up," he said.

"Today, we knew that the pit work would be very important and the team did a wonderful job. This was the best race I have ever experienced in Super GT."

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For more information, please contact:

Nick Raman
PR Manager
Lexus Australia
E: nick.raman@lexus.com.au
T: +61 2 9710 3412
M: +61 412 830 814



 
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The KeePer TOM'S Lexus LC 500 of Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy
The JMS P. MU LMcorsa Lexus RC F GT3 of Yuichi Nakayama and Sho Tsuboi