Baguette and his teammate in the #17 Honda NSX-GT, Koudai Tsukakoshi, secured second on the grid for the fourth round of the 2020 season in changeable conditions, only behind the #38 Cerumo Toyota GR Supra of Hiroaki Ishiura and Yuji Tachikawa.
It comes despite the Real squad carrying 46kg of ballast, making it the second-heaviest of the Honda contingent and a full 38kg heavier than the ARTA NSX that qualified third.
#17 KEIHIN NSX-GT
"We had a really bad pitstop, even if we weren’t that quick we could have finished on the podium [without it], but we did this mistake that was very costly for us.
"If we can stop doing these mistakes we can be competitive in every race. Now we know what we did and hopefully next time at Suzuka we can be competitive again."
Nissan's Quintarelli just hoping for "a few points"
While all five Hondas made it into Q2, Nissan suffered a disastrous qualifying session in which none of its four GT-Rs progressed into the eight-car pole shootout.
The #3 NDDP/B-Max car of Kohei Hirate and Katsumasa Chiyo briefly made it through Q1 in seventh before having its best lap deleted for improving under yellows, albeit still ending up as the top Nissan qualifier in 10th.
Ronnie Quinatarelli and Tsugio Matsuda, who won last time out at Suzuka, start one place behind in 11th, not helped by their 44kg weight handicap.
"We knew before we came here it was not going to be easy," Quintarelli told Motorsport.com. "The difference between here and Suzuka is 40kg and I could feel the difference a lot.
"The GT500 cars are really sensitive to the weight, at least our car is. The car feels much heavier, it is not sharp to drive.
"We were honestly hoping for rain because the handicap has less effect, but when [Q1] started everyone was on dry tyres. If it rained [harder] I think Matsuda could have got into Q2 and then my aim would have been to be inside the top five.
"Anyway, this is how it went, and we still are in front of the two leading cars in the championship [the TOM'S Toyotas], so the target is just to score a few points."
#23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R