GR Supra sweeps the top five places in Super GT

The new Toyota GR Supra made an outstanding start in its debut Super GT season last weekend, sweeping the top five finishing positions in round one’s 300km-long race around the Fuji Speedway circuit.

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 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.

Below is a short, three-minute review of the race (Japanese language only).

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Super GT 2020 results overview

ROUND  CIRCUIT  RESULT 
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   
3  Suzuka   
4  Motegi   
5  Fuji   
6  Suzuka   
7  Motegi   
8  Fuji   

Learn more: Who is the fastest GR Supra driver?

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