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Express Report: Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Wins, Honda Sweeps Top 5 At Motegi

Kondo Racing Nissan wins in GT300

The #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT of Tomoki Nojiri and Nirei Fukuzumi took a commanding victory in the penultimate round of the 2020 Autobacs Super GT Series at Twin Ring Motegi, leading a history-making day for Honda as their five GT500 NSX-GTs finished in the top five positions.

The #64 Modulo NSX-GT (Takuya Izawa/Hiroki Otsu) finished 2nd, the #100 Raybrig NSX-GT (Naoki Yamamoto/Tadasuke Makino) 3rd, the #16 Red Bull Motul Mugen NSX-GT (Hideki Mutoh/Ukyo Sasahara) 4th, and the #17 Keihin NSX-GT (Koudai Tsukakoshi/Bertrand Baguette) 5th.

Tsukakoshi and Baguette now lead the GT500 Drivers’ Championship, where the top five teams in the standings are separated by just three points, and ten teams are still mathematically eligible to win the championship in three weeks’ time at the finale at Fuji Speedway – more on that story to come later!

In the GT300 class, the #56 Realize Nissan Automobile Technical College GT-R GT3 of Kiyoto Fujinami and João Paulo de Oliveira captured the lead in the Drivers’ Championship, and their second win of the season, holding off the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Nobuteru Taniguchi & Tatsuya Kataoka in a close 2nd. The #360 RunUp Rivaux GT-R (Takayuki Aoki/Takuya Otaki) finished 3rd, giving Tomei Sports their first GT300 podium finish since 1994!

Fujinami and Oliveira now lead the #65 LEON Pyramid AMG drivers, Naoya Gamou & Togo Suganami, by five points – after the LEON AMG was caught out nearly a lap down, we believe, when exiting the pits during a Safety Car intervention. Seven teams are still mathematically eligible for the GT300 Championship.

This post will be updated later.

Feature image courtesy of the GT Association (GTA)