Obituary: Kenji Yamada, Team LeMans chief engineer

On Monday, the Japanese racing world learned the tragic news that Kenji Yamada, chief engineer at Team LeMans in the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Japanese Super Formula Championship, passed away suddenly at the age of 54.

Yamada, who had been a mechanic and engineer for over 30 years, was set to work with Kazuya Oshima at this Sunday’s Super Formula season opener at Suzuka Circuit, and was with the team through Saturday until his passing on Sunday.

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2018 Okayama GT 300km Race: Weekend Schedule

The GT Association (GTA) and Okayama International Circuit have released the weekend schedule for the season-opening Okayama GT 300km Race, which takes place on 7-8 April.


OKAYAMA GT 300KM RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

all times JST

Saturday, 7 April

  • 9:00 – 10:45: Practice (1 hour, 45 minutes)
  • 14:45 – 15:20: Qualifying Session 1 (15 minutes x 2)
  • 15:30 – 15:58: Qualifying Session 2 (10 minutes x 2)

Sunday, 8 April

  • 13:05 – 13:25: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
  • 14:40: Race (82 laps)

The series is supported this weekend by the FIA F4 Japanese Championship and the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan. The 15-lap FIA F4 races will start on Saturday at 13:50 JST, and Sunday at 8:35 JST. The 15-lap PCCJ races will start on Saturday at 16:30 JST, and Sunday at 11:35 JST.

Below the cut are the session times for other major regions of the world including Europe, the United States, and the United Kingdom & Ireland.

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2018 Okayama GT 300km Race: Entry List

On Monday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the entry list for the opening round of the 2018 season, the Okayama GT 300km Race at Okayama International Circuit on 7-8 April.

A full field of 44 cars are entered for this season-opening round, with the 15 GT500 challengers complimented by a grid of 29 GT300 cars.

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2018 Fuji GT 500 Mile Race: BoP Tables

On Wednesday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter and sanctioning body of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the Balance of Performance (BoP) tables for the upcoming fifth round of the season, the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race at Fuji Speedway.

The Balance of Performance for the GT300 class is administered by the GTA in association with the St├ęphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) for the FIA GT3 category cars, with all other BoP adjustments handled by the GTA.

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2018 Fuji GT 500km Race: Weekend Schedule

There will soon be a dawn of a brand-new endurance racing tradition in the Autobacs Super GT Series – on August 4 & 5, Fuji International Speedway plays host to the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race!

It’s the continuation of the event that began as the Japan Special GT Cup, later the Fuji GT 300km Race, and the first time the Fuji 500 Mile Race has been held since 1992.

Here are the times for every session of the 2018 Fuji 500 Miles.


FUJI GT 500 MILE RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

all times JST

Saturday, 4 August

  • 8:40 – 10:25: Practice (1 hour, 45 minutes)
  • 14:35 – 15:10: Qualifying Session 1 (15 minutes x 2)
  • 15:20 – 15:48: Qualifying Session 2 (10 minutes x 2)

Sunday, 5 August

  • 11:55 – 12:15: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
  • 13:30 – 18:35: Race (177 laps)

The support bill for the Fuji 500 Miles will include two pivotal races in both the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, and the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan. Rounds 7 and 8 of the F4 Japanese Championship begin at 13:25 JST Saturday afternoon before Super GT qualifying, and 8:00 JST Sunday morning. Rounds 9 and 10 of the PCCJ begin at 16:20 JST Saturday afternoon, and 9:15 JST Sunday morning.

Below the cut are the session times for other major regions of the world including Europe, the United States, and the United Kingdom & Ireland.

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2018 Fuji GT 500 Mile Race: Entry List

On Monday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the entry list for the fifth round of the 2018 season – Super GT’s newest endurance racing tradition, the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race.

All 44 cars and an even 100 drivers are entered into the Fuji 500 Miles, with 12 third drivers entered into the GT300 class for the biggest race of the season on 4-5 August. Here’s how the entry list shakes down:

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2018 Chang Super GT Race: Weekend Schedule

The fourth round of the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series takes us to Buriram, Thailand, and the Chang International Circuit, for the series’ only race contested outside of its native Japan. Here are the start times for each session of the Chang Super GT Race:


CHANG SUPER GT RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

all times ICT (local time)

Saturday, 30 June

  • 10:00 – 11:45: Practice (1 hour, 45 minutes)
  • 15:00 – 15:35: Qualifying Session 1 (15 minutes x 2)
  • 15:45 – 16:13: Qualifying Session 2 (10 minutes x 2)

Sunday, 1 July

  • 13:25 – 13:45: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
  • 15:00: Race (66 laps)

Even without the FIA F4 Japanese Championship or the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan, Super GT has a very unique group of supporting races for the weekend! One-make races for various Honda and Toyota production vehicles – including the Toyota Hilux pickup trucks!

Below the cut are the session times for other major regions of the world including Japan, Europe, the United States, and the United Kingdom & Ireland.

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