TAKASHI Kogure and Carlo Van Dam topped qualifying in the GT500 class of the Super GT International Series Malaysia at the Sepang Circuit yesterday.
The Weider HSV 010 gave Honda a psychological boost as the Toyota and Nissan dominated field trailed in their wake as Kogure and Van Dam posted a fastest lap of one minute 55.321 seconds.
Yuji Tachikawa and Kohei Hirate clocked 1:55.503s to put Toyota's Zent Cerumo SC430 on the front row alongside Kogure and Van Dam for the rolling start in today's race.
The GT300 class saw Masami Kageyama and Tomonobu Fujii give Porsche pole position as they clocked 2:04.262s on board the Hankook Porsche.
Koji Yamanishi and Hideki Yamauchi were second fastest on board the JLoc Lamborghini.
Local hopes Thunder Asia Racing Team have a lot of work to do after Fairuz Fauzy and Hiroki Yoshida only managed a 17th fastest time in a field of 22 cars on board their Mosler MT900M.
RESULTS (TOP FIVE) -- GT500: 1 Takashi Kogure-Carlo Van Dam (Weider-HSV 010) 1:55.321s, 2 Yuji Tachikawa-Kohei Hirate (Zent Cerumo SC430) 1:55.503s, 3 Satoshi Motoyama-Michael Krumm (Motul Autech GTR) 1:55.665s, 4 Tsugio Matsuda-Joao Paulo Lima de Oliveira (Calsonic Impul GT-R) 1:55.702s, 5 Kazuki Nakajima-Loic Duval (Petronas Tom's SC430) 1:56.145s.
GT300: 1 Masami Kageyama-Tomonobu Fujii (Hankook Porsche) 2:04.262s, 2 Koji Yamanishi-Hideki Yamauchi (JLoc Lamborghini GT3) 2:05.371s, 3 Kyosuke Mineo-Naoki Yokomizo (Endless Taisan 911) 2:05.395s, 4 Manabu Orido- Takayuki Aoki (MonePa Lamborghini GT3) 2:05.851s, 5 Hironori Takeuchi-Haruki Kurosawa (Green Tec-Leon SLS) 2:05.882s, ... 17 Fairuz Fauzy-Hiroki Yoshida (Thunder Asia MT900M) 2:08.924s.