Tadasuke Makino ends Thursday test sessions on top

Tadasuke Makino ends Thursday test sessions on top

Tadasuke Makino
Photo: Super GT

Tadasuke Makino topped the combined times from Thursday’s Super GT / DTM testing at the Fuji Speedway in Japan, with the Honda driver going two tenths faster than Lexus’ Kenta Yamashita and Audi’s Loïc Duval.

Makino put in a lap of 1 minute 30.421 seconds around the Fuji Speedway in Japan to edge out Lexus’ 2019 champion Yamashita in the closing minutes of the 45-minute session.

Duval, who has raced extensively in Japan prior to joining the DTM, was third fastest in his Team Phoenix Audi, 0.274 seconds off the pace.

Team Mugen’s Hideki Mutoh was the second-best Honda NSX driver in fourth, ahead of Keihin Real Racing’s Koudai Tsukakoshi in fifth.

The session was red-flagged near the end of the session when Audi’s Benoït Tréluyer spun his car and caused a ten-minute stoppage.

Kazuki Nakajima put his Lexus in sixth, ahead of the leading Nissan GT-R driver of Daiki Sasaki in seventh, 0.651 seconds adrift of the ultimate pace.

Ryo Hirakawa, who did not run in the second session, had earlier set the fastest lap of the day in the predominantly Super-GT only first tyre test, when he put in a lap of 1 minute 30.376 seconds in his Honda.

After Duval, the next best DTM runner was 2019 champion René Rast in 11th, seven tenths off the pace, although the Audi driver, like Mike Rockenfeller, picked up a puncture in the first session and had limited running.

Marco Wittmann in 17th was the leading BMW driver, just over a second off the pace, whilst Alessandro Zanardi propped up the timesheets in 22nd, over three seconds adrift.

Friday will see a further two free practice sessions, before a qualifying session and race takes place on both Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Session results

1 64 Tadasuke MAKINO Modulo Nakajima Racing Honda NSX-GT 20 1:30.421 0.000
2 6 Kenta YAMASHITA LEXUS TEAM LEMANS WAKO’S Lexus LC500 20 1:30.648 0.227
3 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:30.695 0.274
4 16 Hideki MUTOH TEAM MUGEN Honda NSX-GT 20 1:30.798 0.377
5 17 Koudai TSUKAKOSHI KEIHIN REAL RACING Honda NSX-GT 22 1:30.918 0.497
6 36 Kazuki NAKAJIMA LEXUS TEAM au TOM’S Lexus LC500 21 1:30.931 0.510
7 12 Daiki SASAKI TEAM IMPUL Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 19 1:31.072 0.651
8 19 Sho TSUBOI LEXUS TEAM WedsSport BANDOH Lexus LC500 22 1:31.079 0.658
9 37 Nick CASSIDY LEXUS TEAM KeePer TOM’S Lexus LC500 18 1:31.094 0.673
10 23 Ronnie QUINTARELLI NISMO Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 22 1:31.101 0.680
11 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 18 1:31.139 0.718
12 8 Takuya IZAWA ARTA Honda NSX-GT 17 1:31.145 0.724
13 38 Yuji TACHIKAWA LEXUS TEAM ZENT CERUMO Lexus LC500 19 1:31.159 0.738
14 1 Naoki YAMAMOTO TEAM KUNIMITSU Honda NSX-GT 17 1:31.168 0.747
15 39 Yuichi NAKAYAMA LEXUS TEAM SARD Lexus LC500 21 1:31.198 0.777
16 24 Jann MARDENBOROUGH KONDO RACING Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 17 1:31.205 0.784
17 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 23 1:31.436 1.015
18 3 Frederic MAKOWIECKI NDDP RACING with B-MAX Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 20 1:31.544 1.123
19 00 Kamui KOBAYASHI BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 19 1:31.582 1.161
20 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 21 1:31.589 1.168
21 21 Benoït TRÉLUYER WRT Hitotsuyama Team Audi Sport Audi RS5 DTM 10 1:33.200 2.779
22 4 Alessandro ZANARDI BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 20 1:33.771 3.350