King of the castle Sean Walkinshaw reigned supreme again as he clinched a second successive victory in Fuji.
The Chipping Norton Super GT racer put in a memorable drive with Autobacs Racing Team Aguri team-mate Shinichi Takagi in the second round of the championship.
The speedy duo claimed victory in the GT300 series by 26 seconds, marking Walkinshaw’s second career win in the class after triumphing at the same Mount Fuji circuit last year.
Success in Fuji helped the team climb to first in the embryonic championship.
An overjoyed Walkinshaw said: “Getting the win was amazing for the whole team, it’s a fantastic result and to take the championship lead as well is pretty special.
“Fuji is very strong for our car, so we were expecting a good result, but to get the win really topped off the week.”
Takagi qualified on pole and opened up a 20-second lead before handing over to Walkinshaw.
The 24-year-old’s faultless stint consolidated the lead to more than 40 seconds, before Takagi took over to seal victory.
“My stint was pretty uneventful and when I got in the car all I needed to do was manage the gap and not take any risks. The car was fantastic and the ARTA guys did an incredible job.”
The next round is at Suzuka on May 19-20.