LEXUS AUSTRALIA CLARIFIES POSITION ON MOTORSPORT

Lexus has clarified its position on participating in Australian motorsport, announcing it will continue to provide support vehicles to V8 Supercars but not enter the championship as a fully-fledged competitor.

Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said the luxury marque would continue to have a presence in V8 Supercars while monitoring the sport's developments, including the 2017 Gen2 Supercar regulations that open up the series to new engine and body configurations.

"At this stage we will not enter V8 Supercars as a competitor, but we are delighted to continue providing high performance Lexus support vehicles, including the RC F V8 Safety Car," Mr Hanley said.

"V8 Supercars remains a strong interest for Lexus and we will keenly watch how the sport evolves with the new regulations in 2017."