ASIAN WRAP: Cassidy stars in Suzuka 1000km

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Monday 29th August, 2016 - 1:05pm

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Nick Cassidy (centre) and Daisuke Ito celebrate a second place finish

Nick Cassidy (centre) and Daisuke Ito celebrate a second place finish

New Zealander Nick Cassidy produced a stellar drive to score his maiden Super GT podium in the showpiece Suzuka 1000km.

The Kiwi and Japanese co-driver Daisuke Ito were forced to scythe their way through the field in changeable conditions after qualifying in a disappointing 11th position.

Cassidy twice took the lead during his hour long stints at the wheel of the TOM’S Lexus, but pit stop strategy and the intervention of yellow flags hampered his victory hopes.

However, a strong showing throughout the race was ultimately rewarded with a second place finish as the pair just fell shy of the winning Yuji Tachikawa/Hiroaki Ishiura Lexus by 1.2s.

The CRAFTSPORTS Nissan GT-R secured the final spot on the podium a full 1 minute and 15 seconds back.

Fellow Kiwi Jono Lester helped the Direction Racing Lamborghini squad to 19th in the GT300 class, four laps adrift of the victorious Subaru of Takuto Iguchi and Hideki Yamauchi.

Nissan duo Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli continue to lead the Super GT Championship standings by 10 points after finishing sixth at Suzuka.

The Super GT Championship heads to Thailand’s Chang International Circuit for the seventh round from October 8-9.