Motegi was "wake-up call" for #36 TOM'S Toyota crew

Jamie Klein
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Having led the standings earlier in the season, Fenestraz and Yuhi Sekiguchi have slipped to seventh in the championship ahead of this month's Fuji season finale after a disappointing to run in the penultimate round of the season.

On a weekend dominated by Honda, Fenestraz qualified seventh and concluded his stint eighth before pitting shortly after the safety car period to hand over to Sekiguchi, who struggled to the extent that he ended up being lapped by the winning ARTA Honda NSX-GT.

Meanwhile, the sister TOM'S car of Ryo Hirakawa and Kenta Yamashita recovered from 13th on the grid to finish a solid sixth and best of the Toyotas, giving Hirakawa the joint championship lead alongside Real Racing Honda duo Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi.

"I was just surviving for all my stint, to be honest," Fenestraz told Motorsport.com. "It was very difficult the whole way through my stint.

"I hate making excuses, but we had a lot of oversteer, whenever we braked we had massive rear locking everywhere, and because the tyres got too hot we were sliding everywhere. 

"It’s a big shame, but I felt I did my best with what I had, I managed to get up to P7 [before being passed by Yamashita], and then Yuhi was just trying to survive. His driving style is even more aggressive than mine, so with the car we had it wasn’t going to help."

Sacha Fenestraz (#36 au TOM'S GR Supra)

Sacha Fenestraz (#36 au TOM'S GR Supra)<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
Sacha Fenestraz (#36 au TOM'S GR Supra)Masahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio