Bingo Racing’s #9 Corvette of Shinji Takei and Ukyo Sasahara won the first Japan Cup race at Sportsland Sugo on Sunday, overcoming the #98 K-Tunes Ferrari that started from pole position.

By Steven Walton

The one-hour Japan Cup race with GT3 and GT4 machinery was held on Sunday morning at Sportsland Sugo. Another one-hour race starts at 3.15 pm local time (6.15 am GMT).

The pole-sitting #98 K-Tunes Racing Ferrari led the first half of Sunday morning’s race, with Daisuke Yamawaki building a 10-second lead over the #9 Bingo Racing Corvette before the mandatory pitstops.

Super Formula and Super GT driver Ukyo Sasahara jumped aboard the Corvette C7 GT3-R during the stops and quickly closed up on the race-leading Ferrari.

With 24 minutes left in the race, Sasahara boldly passed the Ferrari through the first few corners of the track. The Ferrari, driven by Shinichi Takagi, put up a spirited defence, but couldn’t hold the Corvette behind.

The Bingo Racing Corvette won the race, finishing 7.955s ahead of the second-placed K-Tunes Racing Ferrari.

The #563 ANR by VSR Lamborghini passed the #55 Team Macchina McLaren on the final lap to finish third overall.

A podium finish marked a solid recovery for the Lamborghini, which picked up a drive-through penalty after hitting the #7 Comet Racing Ferrari on the first lap.

The #55 Team Macchina McLaren of Tadao Uematsu finished fourth overall and first in the GT3 Am class.

The #50 YZ Racing BMW of Yuki Fujii and Masaki Kano won the GT4 class.

The BMW took the class lead on the first lap, as the pole-sitting #39 Toyota Gazoo Racing Indonesia car fell to the back while avoiding a GT3 incident.

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


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