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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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.
On Friday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the entry list for the second round of the 2018 season, the prestigious Fuji GT 500km Race, held on the Golden Week holiday of 3-4 May at Fuji Speedway.
The return of James Rossiter and the GT500 debut of Sho Tsuboi headlines the list of new entries into the Golden Week classic, featuring all 44 cars and 95 drivers on the list of provisional entries.
It is not just a stepping stone to Formula 1, but a true professional championship contested by 19 of the world’s greatest drivers. It is the Japanese Super Formula Championship, whose 2018 season begins this weekend at the legendary spiritual home of single-seater racing in Japan, Suzuka Circuit.
2018 is a year of change for Super Formula. The final year of the dependable SF14 chassis. A prime/option tyre regulation similar to that employed in Formula 1 and IndyCar. And no fewer than six drivers making their debut in the series alongside two returning challengers.
It’s going to be a fascinating season ahead, seven rounds across Japan’s six great circuits, and will end at Suzuka with the fabled JAF Grand Prix.
Continue reading 2018 Super Formula Preview: The Ultimate Challenge
In a tumultuous time for Formula 3 racing over in Europe, the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship has remained intact in its structure over the last decade, and now it embarks on its 40th season in 2018 as the stepping stone to the highest levels of Japanese motorsport.
Ten former GT500 champions in Super GT – including the reigning co-champions Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy – and seven former Japanese Top Formula Champions have all won the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship, and in 2018, there is a strong class of elite young drivers who could add their name to a prestigious roll of honour.
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On Sunday morning, before the start of the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series opening round at Okayama International Circuit, GT Association (GTA) Chairman, Masaaki Bandoh, spoke to the Japanese media in his first pre-race press conference of 2018.
Bandoh-san’s main focus for his press conference was to outline Super GT’s future plans in their collaboration with the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) championship, including joint-promoted exhibition races that could take place as soon as 2019, and the proposal of a “world championship” between the two series in the near future.
Continue reading GTA Chairman Bandoh outlines the future of Class One in Okayama press conference