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 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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2018 Chang Super GT Race: BoP Tables

On May 30, the GT Association (GTA), promoter and sanctioning body of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the Balance of Performance (BoP) tables for the upcoming fourth round of the season, the Chang Super GT Race at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.

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 Chang Super GT Race: Entry List

On Monday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the entry list for the fourth round of the 2018, the Chang Super GT Race, held at Buriram United (Chang) International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.

Super GT’s annual visit to the Asian kingdom will feature the smallest entry list – 38 cars in total – including the addition of a local wildcard entry, est Cola with AAS Motorsports, in the GT300 class.

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The Big Names in the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours

This week’s Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours is the premier race on the calendar for the pro-am Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, one of the most diverse endurance racing categories in the world – featuring GT3, GT4, and TCR touring cars mixed with a wide collection of race-tuned production cars.

Super Taikyu is not a full professional series like the GT500 class of Super GT, or Super Formula, but in this race there are many accomplished racing drivers who have achieved stardom both in Japan and abroad. Even some of the less-heralded gentleman drivers have earned a great deal of respect for their contributions inside and outside of motorsport.

At Super GT World, we’ve broken down the entire entry list and highlighted the top teams from the top three classes, and the big-name drivers competing in the lower categories, to help you find a team to support in this weekend’s landmark endurance event.

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