LEXUS SEALS FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS
The Lexus LC 500 coupe has achieved the perfect conclusion to three years of racing in Japan’s Super GT series with a championship-winning performance in the final race of the 2019 season.
Kazuo Oshima and Kenta Yamashita took the drivers’ title with second place at the Motegi circuit on Sunday in their Wako’s-entered car, while the race honours went to another LC, the KeePer Tom’s car piloted by Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy. To complete a Lexus clean-sweep, third place on the podium was claimed by the au Tom’s LC 500 of Kazuki Nakajima and Yuhi Sekiguchi. The LC dominated the GT500 class throughout the season, winning six of the eight races, with victories shared among five different teams. Lexus’s racing quality was also to the fore in the GT300 class, where the K-tunes RC F GT3 car took third place at Motegi, earning drivers Morio Nitta and Sena Sakaguchi the runners-up place in the championship.
The Lexus LC 500 debuted in Super GT in 2017 and was an instant race winner. Hirakawa and Cassidy were crowned champion drivers, claiming two of the LC’s five race wins. In 2018, three further Lexus victories were posted, with the reigning champions just missing out on a second successive title. Although the 2019 Super GT Series is now over, one event remains: a special race for both Super GT and DTM German touring cars at Fuji Motor Speedway on 23-24 November. Six LC 500 are expected to do battle with the cream of the Japanese and German championships. Full details of Lexus’s road-going LC flagship coupe range are available here.
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