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LEXUS RETURNS TO TAKE ON THE 24 HOURS OF NÜRBURGRING

Lexus competed in the 47th edition of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, held at Nürburgring in Germany this June, with its LC coupe tackling ‘The Green Hell’ for the second consecutive year.

Following the Lexus LC’s inaugural running at the event in 2018 the Gazoo Racing team was put through a rigorous testing programme, covering thousands of kilometres, with the aim of improving the overall performance package and completing more laps in 2019.

To further aid the car’s development the Lexus LC was piloted by the same four driver line-up as in 2018. Led by endurance veteran Takeshi Tsuchiya and Nurburgring expert, Naoya Gamo, alongside rising stars, Takamitsu Matsui and Yuichi Nakayama.

  

  
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In the qualifying sessions Lexus LC aimed to claim a ‘Top Qualifying’ position. Although the first session suffered a sudden thunderstorm, then high temperatures brought on severe conditions for cars and drivers, the Lexus LC still managed to gain a top qualifying spot.

On the grid, 158 cars lined up for the race, with Gamo as the starting driver for the Lexus LC in the top group. The LC continued running well and maintained a position of 30th overall. However, high temperatures caused problems and had a negative impact on the cars, with multiple collisions across the course. The race became one of survival.

About eight hours after the start, the Lexus LC was forced to take a pit stop for more than two hours. After changing the transmission, it continued to drive smoothly, and at 3:30 p.m., received a checkerboard at 54th overall, and placing 1st in the SP-PRO class.