The Supra HV-R, a converted Super GT racer that's powered by a 480-horsepower V8 augmented by a regenerative braking system, a pair of in-wheel electric motors in front and a single motor in back, took the pole for the race. Barring any mechanical or on-track mishaps, we would not be surprised to see the HV-R in the mix for the overall win when the checkered flag comes waves late tonight/tomorrow morning.
UPDATE: After 12 hours of racing, the Supra is in first place overall. As of hour 12, the track is wet and it's raining at Tokachi.
UPDATE 2: After 20 hours of racing, the hybrid Supra remains in the lead, having completed 507 laps. The second place car has completed 492.
UPDATE 3: With 2 hours to go, the Supra HV-R has expanded its lead. it is now 17 laps up on the second- and third-place cars.