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TGR Team SARD Wins Super GT Round 5 At Fuji Speedway

Kondo Racing wins in GT300

The #39 Denso Kobelco SARD Toyota GR Supra of Heikki Kovalainen and Yuichi Nakayama took victory in the fifth round of the 2020 Autobacs Super GT Series at Fuji Speedway, dedicating their victory to a crowd of 5,000 spectators who were able to attend a Super GT race for the first time this season.

It’s the fifth career victory for ex-Formula 1 star and 2016 GT500 Champion Kovalainen, who’s scored all five of his victories in consecutive years. It’s also the second GT500 victory for Nakayama, and the first for TGR Team SARD since Juichi Wakisaka took over as Team Director this season. And, of course, it’s another win for Toyota at their “home circuit” at Fuji.

The #14 Wako’s 4CR GR Supra of Kazuya Oshima & Sho Tsuboi came back from 12th on the grid to complete a Toyota 1-2 finish in 2nd, and just as importantly, the duo of Oshima and Tsuboi take the lead in the GT500 Drivers’ Championship by a single point. The #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT of Tomoki Nojiri & Nirei Fukuzumi came home in 3rd place to complete the podium.

In GT300, the #56 Realize Nissan Automobile Technical College GT-R of Kiyoto Fujinami and João Paulo de Oliveira scored Kondo Racing’s first victory since entering the class in 2019. It’s Fujinami’s second career GT300 class victory, and Oliveira’s first since moving to the GT300 class in 2019.

In a thrilling battle for 2nd place in GT300, the #55 ARTA Honda NSX GT3 of Shinichi Takagi & Toshiki Oyu powered through to take the 2nd spot, followed by the #65 LEON Pyramid Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Naoya Gamou & Togo Suganami, who finished 3rd despite carrying the maximum 100 kilogrammes of Success Ballast. With their 3rd place result, Gamou & Suganami take a 9-point lead in the GT300 Championship standings.

This post will be updated later today.