The #8 ARN Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 will start on pole position for the fifth round of the 2017 Super Taikyu Series, the ten-hour Fuji Super TEC. It’s the fifth straight pole of the season for the team’s regular drivers, Hiroaki Nagai and Kota Sasaki, who are joined by guest driver Tsubasa Mekaru for this weekend’s race.
They outqualified the defending ST-X champions, the #1 ThreeBond Nissan Automobile Technical College GT-R (Yuudai Uchida/Tomonobu Fujii/Kazuki Hiramine) by three-tenths of a second.
Little surprise in ST-1 as the #31 Nissoku Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Katsuhito Ogawa/Masami Kageyama/Ryuichiro Tomita) took pole position in class by a whopping 4.2 seconds. They will start tenth overall, at the tail end of the nine-car ST-X grid.
ST-3 pole position went to the #39 Advics Tracy Sports Lexus RC350 (Yuya Tezuka/Syuji Maejima/Akira Suzuki/Taketoshi Matsui), which will start twelfth overall, ahead of the ST-2 championship leaders, the #59 DAMD Motul Subaru WRX STI (Manabu Osawa/Hitoshi Ogawa/Nobuteru Taniguchi) which took P1 in class by less than two-tenths of a second.
It was a first pole position in ST-TCR for the #10 Racingline Performance Volkswagen Golf TCR (Philippe Devesa/Shogo Mitsuyama/Juichi Wakisaka), in just the team’s second race of an abridged 2017 season. They’ll start 15th overall, after another close fight for P1 in class.
Group 2 pole position went to the ST-4 pole winners, the #93 SKR Engineering Honda S2000 (Yuya Ohta/Masahiro Sasaki/Yusaku Shibata), who edged out the championship-leading #86 TOM’s Spirit Toyota 86 (Takamitsu Matsui/Naoya Gamou/Sho Tsuboi/Takuto Iguchi) by three-tenths of a second.
And in ST-5, it was another pole position for the championship-leading #88 Murakami Motors Mazda Roadster ND (Hiroyuki Murakami/Takeshi Wakitani/Masanobu Kato/Keiji Amemiya).
The race begins on Sunday at 8 AM JST (local time) / Midnight BST, and will be shown live, free, and with limited commercial interruption on Super Taikyu TV on YouTube.