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Keihin NSX Victorious at Fuji for Honda’s First Win of Season

New front-engined Honda NSX-GT takes first Super GT victory in Round 2 at Fuji…

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The No. 17 Keihin Real Racing Honda NSX-GT of Koudai Tsukakoshi and Bertrand Baguette won the second round of the Super GT season at Fuji Speedway on Sunday.

Tsukakoshi and Baguette took over the lead on Lap 36 of the 66-lap contest after Tomoki Nojiri in the No. 8 ARTA NSX spun out of the top spot.

The duo had been locked in a fierce battle in the first half of the race having gapped the field at the start, with Baguette passing Nirei Fukuzumi on Lap 15 only to lose it again in the stops.

Nojiri re-joined in the lead in the ARTA Honda but then spun at Turn 12 on his own, with Tsukakoshi then leading comfortably until the checkered flag.

Coming home second in GT500 was the No. 36 TOM’s Toyota Supra of Yuhi Sekiguchi and Sacha Fenestraz.

A second consecutive runner-up finish for Sekiguchi and Fenestraz gives them the lead in the GT500 standings by just a single point to the No. 36 Toyota pairing.

In third outright was the No.14 Cerumo Toyota of Sho Tsuboi and Kazuya Oshima who also equaled their result from the last round that also took place at Fuji.

Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa in the No. 37 Toyota picked up fourth but carried significantly more success ballast than its competitors throughout the race.

Hiroki Katoh and Masataka Yanagida won in the GT300 class in the Cars Tokai Dream28 Syntium Lotus Evora MC, the first win for the team since July 2010, and the first-ever for the Evora.

Slade Perrins is an Australian-based reporter for Sportscar365. Perrins won the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars 'Young Gun Award' for journalism for his work with speedcafe.com.

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