Lexus wins class at Nur­bur­gring

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Lexus re­peated its class win­ning suc­cess of last year at the Nur­bur­gring 24 Hours race in May, with a Lexus LFA Code X com­ing home 18 laps ahead of its near­est ri­val.

The crew of Masahiko Kageyama, Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima and Takuto Iguchi fin­ished 14th over­all in what is con­sid­ered to be the tough­est race for pro­duc­tion based cars in the world.

The LFA Code X is a 5.3-litre V8 pow­ered limited edi­tion of the Lexus flag­ship per­for­mance car. Its crew com­pleted 147 laps of the “Green Hell” in the 24 hours to win the SP-Pro class. The 13 cars in front of the Lexus were all “su­per­cars” from Euro­pean man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The race used a com­bi­na­tion of the 5km grand prix track and what is known as the “North Cir­cuit” – the 21km and 147 cor­ners snaking through the Eif­fel moun­tains that was orig­i­nally built dur­ing the 1930s Great De­pres­sion.

Only 102 of the 150 starters were clas­si­fied fin­ish­ers of the event, which in­cluded pe­ri­ods of rac­ing in the rain, as well as through the night.

A Lexus IS F crewed by Hel­mut Bauman, Horst Bauman, Lorenz Frey and Freddy Barth fin­ished run­ner-up in the SP8 class, one lap be­hind the win­ner.

And a two-litre tur­bocharged Lexus RC with Kumi Sato, Takayuki Ki­noshita, Naoya Gamo and Takamitsu Mat­sui was fourth in the SP3T class, hav­ing com­pleted 122 laps, the same as the sec­ond and third placed cars in the class.

Lexus has a proud his­tory of suc­cess at the Nur­bur­gring 24 Hours race, the lat­est victory be­ing the sixth time since 2012 that it has won a class at the event.

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