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Legacy GT300 wins at Suzuka

Subaru's super-sleek new generation Legacy GT300 has won its first race, the Suzuka 700 kilometres, in Japan.

In temperatures exceeding 30 degrees celsius, the R&D Sport Legacy GT300 driven by Tetsuya Yamano and Kouta Sasaki proved its pace and durability in demanding conditions.

Unable to find the best setting during the previous day's qualifying, the Legacy started the final race of the season in the Japanese endurance series from 11th on the grid.

After the qualifying and free-practice session on the final morning, the team worked hard to identify the ideal setup from the night session, helping the Legacy start the final race in tip-top shape. 

Starting driver Yamano closed in on the lead cars on the first lap, moving up to ninth place on the second lap, then sixth on the eighth lap. 

In the high temperatures, as rivals struggled to increase pace on the warm surface at the beginning of the race, Yamano pushed on, taking second place on the 19th lap. 

Three hours after the start, as drivers turned their headlights on for the night session, Sasaki, who took back the wheel at the last pit stop, made a blistering charge and recorded the fastest lap time. 

Taking the lead on the 88th lap, Sasaki pulled away from the rest of the pack to claim Legacy's first win with a huge 17-second gap. 

Yamano said: "Last year, as it had just made its debut, the Legacy wasn't able to do so well in the Suzuka 700 km Race. But since then, it has become a very fast car. And not making any compromises until the last minute definitely paid off in our search for the best setup and gave us a win. I would like to thank everybody for their support."

Sasaki added: "The team worked very hard to make it a very good car in a very short time. I was looking to win before the end of this year, so I am very happy to do it on my home ground at Suzuka."