Asian Motorsport brings you the latest action from the Fuji 24 Hours as the sun begins to rise at Fuji Speedway.

By Marco Albertini

As the night segment ended and the sun began to rise at Fuji Speedway, many leading teams elected to serve their mandatory 10-minute maintenance stops early in the morning, including the #52 Saitama GreenBrave Toyota GR Supra GT4, who pitted just before the night session was declared over.

As soon as the night session was declared over, the #33 Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo stopped on the penultimate corner, causing a full-course yellow to be called and the car being towed out of the track. Kakunoshin Ohta, who was driving the car at that time, managed to bring the car back to the pits, although the team who had started on pole was now many laps down from the leader.

Not long after this, another car in ST-X had problems, the GTNET MotorSports #81 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, who was one of the first cars to fit dry tires on, came back to the pits for a mechanical problem.
It was around this point that many other cars fitted dry tires on as the track began to dry up and the rain eased off.

Zhongsheng Rookie Racing served their mandatory maintenance stop, giving the lead to #23 TKRI’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 EVO, who currently leads by 3 laps over the aforementioned #1 AMG GT3 EVO.

Header photo credit: Yuya Motojima

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