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 Sugo GT 300km Race: Weekend Schedule

Super GT and Sportsland SUGO have combined to create some of the most thrilling and exciting moments in Japanese motorsport history. In its 25th successive season on the calendar, the 2018 Sugo GT 300km Race promises more of the same awesome entertainment that Super GT fans have come to expect.

Here are the times for all sessions of the 6th round of the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series:


SUGO GT 300km RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

all times JST

Saturday, 15 September

  • 9:00 – 10:45: Practice (1 hour, 45 minutes)
  • 14:00 – 14:40: Qualifying Session 1 (10 minutes x 3)
  • 14:50 – 15:18: Qualifying Session 2 (10 minutes x 2)

Sunday, 16 September

  • 12:25 – 12:45: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Race (81 laps)

A lean support bill for this event at Sugo, with Rounds 9 and 10 of the FIA Formula 4 Japanese Championship on standby. Can Kazuto Kotaka mount a charge on Yuki Tsunoda’s championship lead? The 15-lap races start at 12:55 JST on Saturday, and 9:00 JST on Sunday morning.

Here are the session times in other regions of the world:

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2018 Sugo GT 300km Race: BoP Tables

On Monday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter and sanctioning body of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the Balance of Performance (BoP) tables for the upcoming sixth round of the season, the Sugo GT 300km Race at Sportsland Sugo.

These changes include an update to the minimum weight of the GT500 class Honda NSX-GT.

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 Sugo GT 300km Race: Entry List

On Monday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the entry list for the sixth round of the 2018 season, the Sugo GT 300km Race at Sportsland SUGO.

A 43-car grid will be present as Sugo celebrates its twenty-fifth consecutive season on the Super GT calendar, with the 15 GT500 cars joined by a field of 28 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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