The new Toyota GR Supra continues to make an outstanding impression in its debut Super GT season. Developed to comply with both GT500 and DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) specifications, the GR Supra is one of three all-new models among the 2020 Super GT line-up.
Run by six of the 15 teams in the top-tier GT500 class this season, the new GR Supra represents the latest in race car technology and a further evolution of the know-how that saw Toyota Motor Corporation win the 2019 championship.
We look forward to reviewing each round of the 2020 Super GT season as the GR Supra GT500 continues its campaign in this exciting and unpredictable series.
Super GT 2020: round four
Official qualifying around the Twin Ring Motegi circuit saw Yuji Tachikawa secure fastest time in the #38 Zent GR Supra, and in so doing extended his own series record for the most pole positions achieved by a single driver. Experience his qualifying lap in the video below.
Although Tachikawa was able to capitalise on this advantage from the race’s formation start, the #38 car could not establish a clear lead and was eventually overtaken on lap eight. However, through a Safety Car session and the first round of pit stops, the margin between the lead car and the Zent GR Supra had closed to a little over four seconds.
During the second half of the 62-lap race, Hiroaki Ishiura was given no chance to catch the leader or improve the position of the #38 Supra. He therefore finished in second place, 7.8 seconds behind #17’s Koudai Tsukakoshi, who had been unbeatable in the familiar surroundings of his home track. While this result has elevated team Keihin Real Racing into second place in the championship, the Toyota Gazoo Racing-supported au TOM’S retains its position at the top of the leader board.
Below is a short, two-minute review of the race (Japanese language only).
Super GT 2020: round three
Round three was a 52-lap, 300km chase around Suzuka circuit, interrupted by three Safety Car interventions. The first took place on the opening lap, and when the race was eventually restarted on lap five car #64 began to open up a lead. However, by the sixth circuit the #38 Zent GR Supra had moved up into second and was putting pressure on the leader. Not long afterwards, the #14 Wako’s GR Supra had also caught up, creating an exciting, five-car brawl for the front.
The appearance of an errant bonnet in the middle of the track on lap 16 prompted the second Safety Car outing, but this coincided with many of the teams’ routine pit stops. At this point, the Zent car was experiencing gearbox trouble and did not rejoin the race, which left the #36 au TOM’S GR Supra as the most likely Toyota to compete for the lead. Starting from 12th on the grid, the au TOM’S team had worked its way steadily through the pack and through the third Safety Car stoppage to a third place finish. This result marked the team’s third consecutive podium finish and consolidated its position at the top of the championship.
Super GT 2020: round two
A disappointing qualifying session meant that none of the six GR Supra models stood on the front row of the starting grid, which in turn elicited a fierce battle for position as the pack filtered through turn one of Fuji Speedway. However, as the initial adrenaline rush eased off, it was the #36 GR Supra driven by Yuhi Sekiguchi and Sacha Fenestraz that continued its momentum. By lap 24 the distinctive orange and white machine had risen back into third position.
Capitalising on a spin-off after the routine pit stop, the #36 car progressed up to second and continued nibbling away at the lead car’s advantage. By the end of the race, the 20-second gap had been reduced to 16 seconds at the chequered flag. This meant the #36 GR Supra finished in second place for the second time in a row – a result that moved Sekiguchi and Fenestraz to the top of the drivers’ standings and the Toyota Gazoo Racing-sponsored au TOM’S outfit to the top of the team standings.
Super GT 2020: round one
Although held without spectators, the highly anticipated start of the 2020 season did not disappoint. The weather proved ideal as the #37 KeePer TOM’S GR Supra started from pole position and former champion Nick Cassidy was largely unchallenged by pursuers. However, starting lap enthusiasm led to an accident within the chasing pack and stopped racing until lap six.
After fighting off an attack around the TRG Corner on the restart, Cassidy extended his lead to nine seconds by lap 20. A routine pit stop on lap 31 allowed team-mate Ryo Hirakawa to jump on board and resume the race, returning in third place. Their swift changeover meant that as soon the two lead cars pitted, the #37 GR Supra resumed its lead with an impressive 18.8-second advantage. However, that was immediately erased following a second appearance of the Safety Car, which bunched up the pack.
When the race restarted again on lap 43, there was just one second between #37 and the chasing #36 GR Supra. But by lap 50 this gap had been extended to five seconds, and from this point on, Hirakawa kept the field at a comfortable distance. Meanwhile, a bold move by the #39 car on lap 63 meant that GR Supra models secured all of the top five places during the closing stages of the 66-lap race.
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Super GT 2020 results overview
|1||Fuji||Win for #37 KeePer TOM’S GR Supra
GR Supra sweeps top five places in GT500 class and wins GT300 class
|2||Fuji||Second place for #36 au TOM’S GR Supra
au TOM’S GR Supra now leads the team and drivers’ championships
|3||Suzuka||Third place for #36 au TOM’S GR Supra
Three podium positions in a row for au TOM’S GR Supra
|4||Motegi||Second place for #38 Zent GR Supra
Yuji Tachikawa (in car #38) extends his record for most pole positions
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