Following getting over from teammate Toshiki Oyu, who topped the opening phase of qualifying, Sasahara posted a time of 1m31.770s to increase Honda’s streak of pole positions to four in the Oita Prefecture-based circuit.
Takuya Izawa looked established to make it an all-Honda Dunlop front row with a time of 1m32.068s, carrying on the good do the job of teammate Hiroki Otsu who established the second quickest time in Q1.
However, with just seconds to go in qualifying, Rookie Racing Toyota driver Oshima demoted the Nakajima Racing crew to third with an impressive effort of 1m31.777s. On the other hand, the #14 GR Supra is one of three Toyotas that will choose a penalty in the race for an unauthorised engine adjust.
Freshly-crowned Tremendous Formulation winner Tomoki Nojiri manufactured it a few Hondas in the leading 4 with a time of 1m32.128s in the ARTA NSX-GT, edging out the major Nissan GT-R of Ronnie Quintarelli (NISMO) by just above two tenths of a 2nd.
In his very first Tremendous GT outing of the year, Sacha Fenestraz skilled the #37 TOM’S Toyota in sixth placement, albeit more than a 2nd off the rate of Sasahara’s pace-setting Honda.
Genuine Racing Honda boosted its hopes of slicing the deficit to the details-primary Kunimitsu staff after Bertrand Baguette qualified a potent seventh with the stage two gasoline restrictor, ahead of the SARD Toyota pushed by ex-Method 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen.
Kondo Nissan will begin ninth on the grid after Daiki Sasaki missed the Q2 lower by just .027s, with Cerumo Toyota following up in 10th many thanks to a 1m32.782s hard work by Hiroaki Ishiura.
Clean off scoring its 1st acquire in five years at Sugo, the Impul Nissan crew capable 11th in the arms of ex-Formulation 2 driver Nobuharu Matsushita, beating the #36 TOM’S Toyota driven by Yuhi Sekiguchi.
Saddled with the greatest Phase 3 fuel restrictor, the Kunimitsu Honda squad could qualify no greater than 13th with reigning winner Naoki Yamamoto at the wheel with a ideal time of 1m33.070s.
Hybrid Prius can take GT300 pole
#31 TOYOTA GR Activity PRIUS PHV apr GT
Picture by: Masahide Kamio
The hybrid-driven apr Toyota Prius dominated qualifying to declare its 1st GT300 pole placement because 2016, aided by a Harmony of Efficiency break.
With the dimensions of the air restrictor on the #31 Prius PHV GR Sport elevated to 2020 degrees, Yuhki Nakayama established the tempo in the opening phase of qualifying just before teammate Koki Saga posted a time of 1m42.039s in Q2 to clinch pole situation by just under a few tenths of a 2nd.
The championship-leading Subaru group belied its 100kg of achievement ballast to e-book a spot on the front row, courtesy of a 1m42.316s hard work by Hideki Yamauchi in the #61 R&D Sport BRZ.
The Saitama Toyopet squad underlined the pace of GT300-spec automobiles with Hiroki Yoshida putting the #52 GR Supra third on the grid, beating the #65 LEON Racing Mercedes of Togo Suganami.
When championship leaders Takuto Iguchi and Yamauchi set in a solid overall performance to secure a place on the entrance row, their closest rivals Joao Paulo de Oliveira and Kiyoto Fujinami missed the Q2 cut by just .077s, qualifying a disappointing 18th in the #56 Kondo Racing Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
Third in the championship, Atsushi Miyake and Yuui Tsutsumi were also eradicated in the to start with leg of qualifying and will line up 25th in the #244 Max Racing Toyota Supra.