Shinji Takei and Ukyo Sasahara won the second Japan Cup race at Sportsland Sugo on Sunday, just hours after claiming victory in the first race.

By Steven Walton

Two one-hour Japan Cup races were held on Sunday at Sugo and both were won by the #9 Bingo Racing Corvette C7 GT3-R driven by Takei and Sasahara.

In race two, the Corvette started from third but moved to second on the first lap as the pole-sitting #98 K-Tunes Racing Ferrari fell back to third.

Yuki Nemoto in the #563 ANR by VSR Lamborghini led the early part of the race but was under constant pressure from Sasahara.

About 20 minutes into the race, Sasahara passed the Lamborghini on the inside of turn one to take the lead.

Sasahara then delivered a burst of quick laps and by the time all cars had made their mandatory pitstops, the Corvette had an advantage of well over 10 seconds.

Takei brought the #9 Bingo Racing Corvette home, winning with a 7.388s second gap back to the second-placed #98 K-Tunes Racing Ferrari driven by Daisuke Yamawaki and Shinichi Takagi.

Tadao Uematsu finished third overall in the #55 Team Macchina McLaren.

Uematsu moved into the podium spot in the final minutes of the race after the #563 ANR by VSR Lamborghini pitted with a gearbox problem.

By finishing third, Uematsu again took class victory in GT3 Am, adding to his class win from race one.

In GT4, the #39 Toyota Gazoo Racing car driven by Haridarma Manoppo and Seita Nonaka converted pole position into victory.

The next round of Japan Cup takes place alongside GT World Challenge Asia at Fuji International Speedway on June 21-23.

Header image credit: GT World Challenge Asia/SRO Motorsports Group


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