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Lexus LFA Code X class victor at Nurburgring 24 Hours

19 May, 2015

The penultimate modern-day hypercar, the Lexus LFA, has proven itself on the world’s most arduous track — the Lexus LFA Code X took a class victory at the Nurburgring 24 Hours over the weekend of May 16–17, finishing 18 laps ahead of its nearest rival.

The LFA Code X is a 5.3-litre V8-powered version of Lexus’s flagship model, and managed 147 laps of the Nurburgring in the 24-hour period, winning the SP-Pro class. The crew — comprising of Masahiki Kageyama, Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima, and Takuto Iguchi — finished 14th overall.

The Lexus’s success could have been twofold, with a Lexus IS-F finishing runner-up in the SP8 class, only one lap behind the class winner.

And in the SP3T class, a two-litre turbo Lexus RC placed fourth after completing 122 laps, the same number as the class’s second- and third-placed vehicles.

This year’s victory marks Lexus’s sixth class victory since 2012 in the Nurburgring 24 Hours race.

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.