The Kunimitsu squad has suffered a difficult start to the 2020 season in the first two races at Fuji Speedway, finishing sixth in the opener and then fifth in the second race.
While Toyota’s new GR Supra dominated the curtain-raiser, locking out the top five positions, Honda enjoyed a revival three weeks later as Real Racing delivered the first win for the new front-engined NSX-GT in convincing style.
It would have most likely been a Honda 1-2 had ARTA driver Tomoki Nojiri not spun out of the lead while battling with the Real Racing car of Koudai Tsukakoshi.
Yamamoto and Makino meanwhile struggled to recover from qualifying in seventh, leaving the #100 car 40 seconds down on Tsukakoshi and Bertrand Baguette at the finish.
“Much like in a formula car race, you can run a good pace if you are in the top group,” Yamamoto told Motorsport.com. “But when I got caught behind a car that was a little slow, I couldn’t really overtake them.
“We need to analyse the cause further, but it became difficult once we were caught up in a group. As we thought, it was tough because we didn’t qualify at the front.”
#100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT
Photo by: Masahide Kamio
Makino had topped Saturday morning’s practice session and the first segment of qualifying, demonstrating the latent one-lap pace of the #100…