The HRC crew returns to the Suzuka 8 Hours as a manufacturing unit Honda crew*2 in 2018 after a decade of absence. The crew completed second in 2018 and third in 2019.
Workforce HRC set the quickest lap time in Friday’s timed qualifying periods, simply qualifying for Saturday’s High 10 Trial, which was changed by a standard High 10 qualifying session on the final minute. Tetsuta Nagashima set the quickest lap time of two:4.934 to safe pole place for the crew.
Takumi Takahashi was the beginning driver for the HRC crew, and regardless of shedding the lead at first, he reclaimed the highest spot on lap 10. From then on, Tetsuta Nagashima and Iker Lecuona put in sturdy stints to take care of a snug hole with the closest competitor. At 7:32 p.m., after 214 laps, Workforce HRC crossed the end line to win from pole place.
The victory marks Takumi Takahashi’s fourth victory on the Suzuka 8 Hours, and a primary for Tetsuta Nagashima and Iker Lecuona.