Jono Lester, Fuji Speedway 2018


Yuke Taniguchi and Alex Imperatori gave Nissan and KCMG their maiden Blancpain GT Series Asia victories at Fuji Speedway this after fighting through from sixth on the grid in the first of two races.

Nick Foster and Jono Lester’s HubAuto Corsa Ferrari was second after getting the better of pole-sitters Edoardo Liberati and Florian Strauss, who completed the podium aboard KCMG’s second GT-R NISMO GT3 despite serving a success penalty.

“I copped a few jabs in the opening corners and dropped to fifth,” commented Lester. “From there, it was a frustrating stint that was less about ego and more about handing Nick Foster a straight car for his late charge.

“He drove a mega final stint with some decisive passes for the runner-up position. Tomorrow we start from P5.”

Meanwhile, BMW Team Studie’s Sunako Jukuchou and Takayuki Kinoshita maintained their perfect weekend by winning the GT4 class ahead of Gilles Vannelet and Ringo Chong (Team iRace.Win Mercedes-AMG) and Brian Lee and Tony Fong (TTR Team SARD Porsche).

Race 2

Foster and Lester’s HubAuto Corsa Ferrari finished in seventh in the second race of the weekend.

Patric Niederhauser and Nico Bastian came through from eighth on the grid to lead home a GruppeM Racing Mercedes-AMG one-two. Victory for Niederhauser, his third of the season, also helped the Swiss replace Dennis Lind and Martin Kodric at the top of the Drivers’ standings.

The Pro/Am-winning sister Mercedes-AMG shared by Alexander Mattschull and Raffaele Marciello finished runner-up by just 0.010s from FFF Racing Team’s Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Marco Mapelli (Lamborghini), while BMW Team Studie’s Sunako Jukuchou and Takayuki Kinoshita completed a perfect weekend by adding their second GT4 victory to two pole positions and fastest times in all three practice sessions.