During the first official pre-season test at Okayama International Circuit for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, seven drivers passed the series’ mandatory rookie & refresher test during the two days of testing.
Rookie candidates Ritomo Miyata (LM Corsa), Hiroki Otsu (Modulo Drago Corse), Marco Mapelli (Money Partners JLOC), Takeshi Kimura (CarGuy Racing), Ryo Ogawa (EIcars Bentley), and Yuya Hiraki ( completed twelve consecutive incident-free laps above the designated benchmark time by the GT Association (GTA) driving standards stewards.
In addition, Ryo Michigami – a veteran of 125 Super GT races over 18 seasons in Super GT – passed it as a refresher test, in preparation for his first Super GT racing activity since 2014.
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Two-time Super GT champion Manabu Orido has been appointed as the Executive Advisor of Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh on Monday.
Orido re-unites with the team that he drove for in two stints of his legendary career, from 1997 to 1999, and from 2008 to 2010, winning the GT300 Drivers’ Championship with the Bandoh team in 1997 and 2009.
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Kazuya Oshima and Lexus Team LeMans Wako’s led the way on Saturday in the first of a two-day test session for the Autobacs Super GT Series, held under clear yet chilly conditions at Okayama International Circuit.
Oshima drove today’s test on his own in the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500, as his new co-driver for the 2018 Super GT season, Felix Rosenqvist, is in Uruguay this weekend – driving for Mahindra Racing in the Formula E Punta del Este ePrix. In GT300, the #25 Hoppy Toyota 86 MC of Takamitsu Matsui & Sho Tsuboi led the 29-car class, with Matsui setting the car’s fastest lap in the afternoon session.
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On Monday and Tuesday, the Japanese Super Formula Championship ran two days of pre-season testing at Suzuka Circuit, in preparation for the 2018 season which starts at the same venue on April 21-22.
Kamui Kobayashi, driving for carrozeria Team KCMG/Toyota, recorded the fastest lap of the two-day test before departing for France to test in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Toyota Gazoo Racing. Rookie Nobuharu Matsushita led the second day of testing for DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing/Honda.
During the test, one of the last two seats on the grid were filled, as B-Max Racing Team selected Katsumasa Chiyo to drive the #50 car, under the guidance of new team principal, and four-time Japanese Top Formula champion, Satoshi Motoyama.
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