The attention of Super GT fans around the world was drawn Friday to the famous Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan, site of the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon.
It was here where Honda were the first to announce their full GT500 programme for the 2018 season, headlined by the arrival of Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button at Team Kunimitsu, and Takuya Izawa moving back to Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA).
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Five current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series took part in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s rookie test, held the day after the Marrakesh ePrix at the street circuit in Morocco.
Nissan factory driver Mitsunori Takaboshi, the reigning All-Japan Formula Three champion, was the marquee driver of the group – which also featured Lexus Team au TOM’s driver James Rossiter, Lexus Team Wako’s LeMans driver Andrea Caldarelli, plus former GT500 race winner Frédéric Makowiecki and former GT300 race winner Alexandre Imperatori.
Of the five drivers, it was Rossiter who had the best showing, placing fifth overall out of the twenty drivers taking part.
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Honda are giving two of its most outstanding single-seater prospects a massive push towards a promotion into the Formula 1 World Championship, as they have placed Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) drivers Nobuharu Matsushita and Nirei Fukuzumi into the Japanese Super Formula Championship in 2018.
Fukuzumi makes his Super Formula debut in the Red Bull Team Mugen car formerly driven by Pierre Gasly, as part of a double campaign that will see the 20-year-old also compete in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for Arden International.
Seven of Honda’s eight available driver slots were announced over the weekend, with one vacancy, at B-Max Racing Team, still yet to be determined.
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Representing the Autobacs Super GT Series and Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, D’station Racing battled back through two early tyre punctures to finish 13th overall, and 6th in the A6-Pro class, in the Dubai 24 Hours at Dubai Autodrome – the most prestigious pro-am GT & touring car event on the calendar.
The #20 D’station Porsche 911 GT3-R, driven by gentleman driver Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii, Seiji Ara, and Tsubasa Kondo completed 587 laps, ultimately finishing 19 laps down from the eventual winners at Black Falcon Motorsports – but completing all 24 hours of racing and putting in a respectable effort in their first time at the event.
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Over the weekend, during the Super Taikyu Series’ annual awards ceremony held near the site of the Tokyo Auto Salon in Chiba, Japan, came the announcement that Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli will become the title sponsor and tyre supplier of Japan’s longest-running endurance racing championship.
It’s the start of a new three-year deal in what will henceforth be known as the Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, which also announced its full 2018 schedule at the event.
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