Nirei Fukuzumi of ARTA Honda showcased his exceptional skills on the challenging Autopolis circuit, securing a commanding pole position during the qualifying session for the penultimate round of the 2023 SUPER GT season. Fukuzumi’s brilliant performance not only highlighted his mastery of the track but also elevated the ARTA Honda team’s standing in the championship race.

Fukuzumi, driving the #16 Honda NSX-GT, set a blistering new lap record of 1m31.131s, leaving his competitors trailing behind. His outstanding achievement, nearly half a second ahead of the second-place driver, Sena Sakaguchi in the Racing Project Bandoh Toyota, emphasized his determination to clinch victory in the championship.

In the GT500 class, the qualifying results at Autopolis were as follows:

GT500 Results:

  1. #16 ARTA MUGEN NSX-GT – 1’31”131 (Pole Position)
  2. #19 WedsSport ADVAN GR Supra – 1’31”604
  3. #39 DENSO KOBELCO SARD GR Supra – 1’31”997
  4. #14 ENEOS X PRIME GR Supra – 1’31”999
  5. #37 Deloitte TOM’S GR Supra – 1’32”038

Fukuzumi’s exceptional pole position not only bolstered ARTA Honda’s championship aspirations but also added an extra layer of excitement to the upcoming race at Autopolis. As the championship battle intensifies, fans can anticipate a thrilling showdown on this demanding circuit.

In the GT300 class, Yuui Tsutsumi secured the pole position for the Inging Toyota team. Tsutsumi’s stellar lap of 1m42.016s in the #2 Toyota GR86 GT set a new circuit record in GT300. His performance showcased the team’s determination and skill in the highly competitive category.

GT300 Results:

  1. #2 Inging Toyota GR86 GT – 1’42”016 (Pole Position)
  2. #61 SUBARU BRZ R&D SPORT – 1’42”141
  3. #31 apr LC500h GT – 1’42”342
  4. #52 Saitama Toyopet GB GR Supra GT – 1’43”227
  5. #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku AMG – 1’43”466

Fukuzumi’s pole position and Tsutsumi’s remarkable performance set the stage for an exhilarating race at Autopolis. For comprehensive coverage and live updates on the SUPER GT championship, including GT300 class action, stay tuned to Asian Motorsport. Follow us for the latest developments and detailed analysis of this thrilling motorsport series.


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