It seems surreal to announce this, but yes, Super GT World will be in attendance to cover the 48th SMBC/BH Auction Suzuka 10 Hours on August 23-25, on location at Suzuka Circuit.
This adventure will be one of many firsts. My first time ever covering a motor race on location as a member of the press rather than from my own home at Super GT World HQ. And, crucially, my first time ever venturing outside the United States for any length of time, a terrifying enough prospect with the travel anxiety that comes with it.
But this is one that I sincerely hope will be worth it. To be able to take in the sport that I love, this close to the action, is a dream come true.
There are many amazing drivers who I dearly wish to meet and talk to in person. Many amazing fans from the locals to the international travelers. In all of the planning and preparation, my sincerest hope is to be a positive presence at the event and to help elevate this event and the incredible people taking part, in the eyes of those following around the world.
Sincerely, -R.J. O’Connell Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Super GT World
The 2019 Japanese Super Formula Championship is now at the halfway point of the season. Through three races, we’ve seen three different winners – but two-time and defending series champion, Naoki Yamamoto, stands tall atop the championship tables.
In the summer heat, the calendar turns to the historic Fuji Speedway, in the town of Oyama, located a short 100 kilometers west of the heart of Tokyo, and right at the foot of the awe-inspiring Mount Fuji. Second only to Suzuka in terms of the most Japanese Top Formula Championship races held, Fuji Speedway has been the home of countless memorable races throughout its history.
Who will be crowned champion in Sunday’s 55-lap race at Fuji-san?
This weekend is the longest, and most demanding challenge of the Super GT Series. In the long, hot days of summer, it’s the fifth round of the 2019 season, the 17th running of the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race – the new endurance tradition of Super GT!
Here’s a look at the schedule for the weekend ahead:
FUJI GT 500 MILE RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE
all times JST (UTC +9)
Saturday, 3 August 2019
8:50 AM – 10:35 AM: Official Practice (1 hour 45 minutes) 2:50 PM – 3:05 PM: GT300 Qualifying 1 (15 minutes) 3:10 PM – 3:25 PM: GT500 Qualifying 1 (15 minutes) 3:35 PM – 3:45 PM: GT300 Qualifying 2 (10 minutes) 3:53 PM – 4:03 PM: GT500 Qualifying 2 (10 minutes)
The full support ticket is on offer for the Fuji 500 Miles as well: Rounds 7 and 8 of the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, Saturday at 1:45 PM and Sunday at 8:00 AM JST. Plus, Rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan – Saturday at 4:35 PM and Sunday at 9:15 AM JST.
Here is the schedule converted into eight different time zones for eight key regions across Continental Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Oceanic:
In the woodlands of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, 25 kilometers south of the city of Sendai, Sportsland Sugo hosts the third round of the 2019 Japanese Super Formula Championship!
For the first time since 1996, Sportsland Sugo’s round of the Japanese Top Formula series will be held during the rainy summer season. And initial forecasts do predict rain on and off throughout the weekend.
But no matter the weather, this Sunday’s 68-lap race promises action and compelling drama the whole way through!