Lexus Sweeps Top Four Positions At Autopolis
Kamui Kobayashi finished eighth in the DENSO KOBELCO SARD Lexus LC 500 shared with Heikki Kovalainen while the WAKO'S 4CR Lexus LC 500 of IndyCar-bound Felix Rosenqvist and Kazuya Oshima finished ninth, giving Lexus six of the top 10 places.
Hirakawa said he had not expected to win after Honda NSX-GT rivals took the top three places in qualifying, but victory had come courtesy of his team's pit-stop strategy and overall support.
He said he was confident approaching the season finale because the LC 500 had shown its ability to perform well at Motegi.
Lexus also enjoyed success in the GT300 class with Yuichi Nakayama and Morio Nitta securing the top spot in the #96 K-tunes RC F GT3.
The eighth and final round of the Super GT championship will be held at Motegi on November 10-11.