‘Supra is back’ Cassidy wins Super GT opener

Having earlier put their # 37 KeePer TOM’S GR Supra on pole for the opening race of the Super GT Series in Japan, Nick Cassidy and co-driver Ryo Hirakawa went on to win with the GR Supra GT500 in its debut race.

” Supra is Back,” said Cassidy. “It was really an amazing victory. During the off-season the team and everyone at TOYOTA GAZOO Racing really worked hard for us, and that is why we were able to get a debut win just like the LC500 before this.”

Takanokono Hotel FUJI GT 300km was held without spectators under a one-day format with qualifying in the morning and race later on Sunday.

#37 Nick Cassidy/Ryo Hirakawa Fuji GT 300

Cassidy started in the #37 Supra and steadily built a comfortable lead before handing over to Hirakawa.

” When I took over for the second stint, I had a lead of nearly 20 seconds,” commented Hirakawa. “I thought that it was the perfect format for a win, but then Safety Car came out. But still, I was able to concentrate and keep the lead to the end. I am very glad that we were able to give the GR Supra a debut win.”

Supra’s filled the top five places with the # No. 36 au TOM’S GR Supra ( Yuhi Sekiguchi / Sacha Fenestraz ) and the #14 WAKO’S 4CR GR Supra (Kazuya Oshima/Sho Tsuboi) in second and third places respectively.

In the GT300 class it was also a win for Toyota with the #52 SAITAMA TOYOPETGB GR Supra GT of Kohta Kawaai/ Hiroki Yoshida.

#52 GR Supra GT of Kohta Kawaai/ Hiroki Yoshida
Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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