Coverage of the EXEDY CUP OPTION2 SP Stage Endurance Race.

This round of the EXEDY CUP OPTION2 SP Stage Endurance Race was held on April 16th at the Hyogo prefecture Central Circuit as a charity event to help relieve the victims of March’s devastating earthquake in the Tohoku area of Japan. As cars were putting all they had through the races, many dug deep into there own pockets to put what they had in our donation box that was kept close to the EXEDY Racing Girls.

To show support to the victims of the earthquake, sales of all merchandise sold at the event accompanied the Japan Red Cross donation box that was at the circuit.

Charity event course parade

On the same day as our event, the West Japan Sports Car Charity Meeting also held a fundraiser at Central Circuit. Readers of Option2 gathered 32 cars to take a parade lap around the circuit. It was an especial event to see show cars lapping around the track! The money from the parade lap entry fee was divided in half, giving 50% to the circuit and the other half to be donated to the Japan Red Cross.

With everyone’s support, we were able to donate 138,307 yen! Thank you very much for your help and generosity!

We tried a new layout for our endurance races this round. The S-Endurance race consisted of two-45minute heats. The Freshman and Compact NA classes were 150 minutes long each where throughout all races were saw hard fought battles lap after lap.

Race participants here and there had their share of troubles before and during the race within the pits and on the track. Although some cars could not complete the race, the race finished safely with no call to the safety crew and everyone enjoyed a good day at the track!

S Endurance Class

Due to their excellent driving and undisturbed mechanical operation, the #14 beat out the other close chasing participants! Congratulations for taking the win in the first annual S Endurance Class!

First place: #14
Second place: #13
Third place: #5


The EXEDY Team EP71 represented with a pole-to-win finish in the compact class. The Starlet was nearly untouchable though out the entire race!

First place: #2
Second place: #12
Third place: #8

Freshman Class

The Freshman class was limited to cars that ran a lap in 1minute 40 seconds or higher. Here is where the LA Normal Civic put up what was needed to take the win the 150 minute race.
The team was awarded an EXEDY Hyper Single as prize for their well fought victory.

First place: #7
Second place: #10
Third place: #9


“Photo & Movie page”

Be sure to check out the check out more photo coverage of this event in the “Photo & Movie page”.
Download some pictures and use them as a desktop at home and at work!

The EXEDY CUP OPTION 2 SP Stage Endurance Race Charity Event was a great success and many new faces came out and had a great time at the track for a good cause.

What keeps making every EXEDY CUP OPTION2 race better is the participants and fans that come to the track for a full day of racing fun. The second round is coming up next as the Unlimited class series will battle it out on August 27th at Central Circuit.

This time out we had 48 cars that were made up of teams of coworkers and friends. We invited anyone out to bring anything you have to participate in the next race!

Please check the Side Pontoon website for race entry registration.



Ami Otsuka Rie Ukai
Ami Otsuka Rie Ukai

These two are our EXEDY RACING GIRLS who could have been found in the EXEDY booth, pit road, holding onto the donation box and also standing at the starting grid. Don’t be shy to hit them up in the 3rd round for some pictures together!

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