2019-20 Super GT Stove League: Seasons Greetings!

Happy holidays from Super GT World! While you’re enjoying time with family and friends, we’ve put together another Super GT Stove League update, aggregated from the pages of the latest issue of auto sport Magazine, Volume N° 1522, published digitally this week.

Naturally, this is a followup to the previous update – and gives us a clearer picture of what to expect as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan prepare to unveil their roster of GT500 teams and drivers in advance of the 2020 season, the first under the true Class 1 regulations.

As a standard disclaimer, it should be stated up front that all information contained in this post – while compiled from reputable sources that have connections with the manufacturers involved – is not confirmed as of yet until they are announced by the manufacturers, teams, and drivers involved.

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2019-20 Super GT Stove League: First Strike

It’s that time of year again in the Japanese auto racing season. The cars themselves are silent, but the discussion of the 2020 Autobacs Super GT Series to come is anything but. Welcome to another round of the domestic racing Stove League, the “Silly Season” by another name, the winter period where the pieces of the puzzle that is the 2020 Super GT field start to take shape.

Baseball’s own Stove League is already at full burn, where teams negotiate trades and attempt to sign high-dollar free agents. After battling for Major League Baseball’s World Series, ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg just signed a record-breaking deal to remain with the championship-winning Washington Nationals. Days later, his rival from the Houston Astros, Gerrit Cole, eclipsed Strasbourg’s deal with his own record-setting contract upon joining the New York Yankees.

In Super GT, the money is never a talking point, rather the arrangement of the teams and drivers representing the big three manufacturers in GT500: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Drivers changing teams, young drivers stepping up from GT300 or stepping in from elsewhere, and old veterans fighting to keep their places in the most competitive class in sports car racing.

Using the information from the latest issue of auto sport Magazine (Volume 1521: “Solving the Mystery of 51 Seats”), as well as the reporting from Motorsport.com contributors such as Jamie Klein, here is Super GT World’s guide to how the GT500 field might look in 2020 – and it starts with the biggest story of the off-season to date.

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2019 Motegi GT 250km Race: Weekend Schedule

Just one race remains in the Super GT season. Three teams still have a chance at the GT500 Championships. Four teams in GT300 still have a shot to win the title. It’s a chance as well to bid farewell to Jenson Button as the 2018 GT500 Champion bows out of the championship.

Here’s a look at the schedule for this final weekend of the 2019 Autobacs Super GT Series.


MOTEGI GT 250KM RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

all times JST (UTC +9)

Saturday, 2 November 2019

8:50 AM – 10:35 AM: Official Practice (1 hour 45 minutes)
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM: GT300 Qualifying 1 (15 minutes)
2:20 PM – 2:35 PM: GT500 Qualifying 1 (15 minutes)
2:45 PM – 2:55 PM: GT300 Qualifying 2 (10 minutes)
3:03 PM – 3:13 PM: GT500 Qualifying 2 (10 minutes)

Sunday, 3 November 2019

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Motegi GT 250km Race (53 laps)


This weekend will also see the final two rounds of the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, Saturday at 1:05 PM JST, and Sunday at 8:15 AM JST. Honda prodigy Ren Sato has already wrapped up the championship and is on a six-race winning streak, while 2nd in the championship is still up for grabs!

Here is the schedule converted into eight different time zones for eight key regions across Continental Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Oceanic:

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Super GT World Is Going To The Suzuka 10 Hours – A Letter From The Editor

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

2019 Super Formula Championship: Fuji Preview

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?

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A Letter From the Editor – 2 June, 2020

Dear reader, I truly wish, that as an avid follower of Japanese motorsport for over half a decade if not longer, that we were in the midst of talking about how fantastic this year of racing has been. Obviously, a terrible global pandemic has robbed us of that.

In place of the seasons that were envisioned when the new year began, I wish that I could, in the goodness of my heart, pour all of my heart and soul and energy into preparing you for the restructured seasons that will, good health willing, happen later on.

And yet, even that seems unconscionable.

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2019 Super GT World Awards: GT500 Driver of the Year

Every year, the most oustanding GT500 driver in the Autobacs Super GT Series is honoured with the GT500 Driver of the Year Award, part of the 2019 Super GT World Awards.

We are honoured to announce the winner of the 2019 GT500 Driver of the Year.

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2019 Super GT World Awards: GT300 Driver of the Year

Every year, Super GT World honours the most excellent competitors in the GT300 class with the GT300 Driver of the Year Award, part of the 2019 Super GT World Awards.

In a field that featured over 60 top-level drivers from a grid of nearly 30 excellent teams of all sizes, GT300 gave us many, many choices to pick and choose who is the best of the best in 2019. Who will it be?

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2019 Super GT World Awards: Panel Selected Awards

Every year, Super GT World honours the finest individuals in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the annual Super GT World Awards.

This entry in Super GT World contains the winners of four of the panel-selected awards categories for 2019: The Clubman Driver of the Year Award, the International Driver of the Year Award, the Manager of the Year Award, and, the Shingo Tachi Memorial Award for the Rookie of the Year.

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