The #98 K-Tunes Racing Ferrari of Daisuke Yamawaki and Shinichi Takagi will start from pole position in both Japan Cup races in Sugo.

By Steven Walton

Two qualifying sessions at Sugo were held on Saturday afternoon to set the grid for two one-hour Japan Cup races on Sunday.

Japan Cup was previously contested within GT World Challenge Asia, but it has become a standalone GT3 and GT4 series for 2024.

Both of Saturday’s qualifying sessions were topped by the #98 K-Tunes Racing Ferrari of Daisuke Yamawaki and Shinichi Takagi.

Yamawaki’s best time in the first session was 0.165s quicker than the second-placed #9 Bingo Racing Corvette, shared by Shinji Takei and Ukyo Sasahara.

The second session was much closer, with the Ferrari finishing just 0.002s ahead of the second-placed #563 Lamborghini from ANR with VSR.

Sasahara, one of the most prominent drivers in the field this weekend, was third fastest in the second session, finishing 0.041s behind the pole time.

Tadao Uematsu took pole position for the GT3-Am class in both sessions. He drives the #55 Team Macchina McLaren and is the only solo driver in the field this weekend.

The #39 Toyota Gazoo Racing Indonesia car driven by Haridarma Manoppo and Seita Nonaka took both poles in the GT4 class.

Japan Cup’s two one-hour races take place on Sunday. Race one starts at 10.30 am local time (1.30 am GMT) and race two begins at 3.15 pm local time (6.15 am GMT).

Both races are one hour long and will be live-streamed on the GT World YouTube channel.

Fourteen cars are racing at Sugo this weekend, but organisers SRO Motorsports Group expect numbers to increase for the next Japan Cup round in Fuji.

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

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