One of the highest-profile debuts in the history of the Autobacs Super GT Series has finally been made official: 2009 Formula One World Champion, Jenson Button, will make his Super GT race debut at this year’s 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final.
Button, a veteran of over seventeen seasons in Formula 1, will drive for Team Mugen in the #16 Motul Mugen Honda NSX-GT, alongside 2016 Suzuka 1000km pole winner Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima.
Button’s Super GT journey will begin with a mid-week tyre test at Suzuka Circuit on June 6-7, but the excitement of this announcement – a deal that is nine months in the making – will carry on through the 46th and final running of the Suzuka 1000km on August 27th.
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Super GT premier class star Katsumasa Chiyo had a stellar evening in this past Saturday’s 1000 km du Castellet at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France.
Driving with former GT300 race winner Lucas Ordoñez and Alex Buncombe, Chiyo and the #23 Motul Team RJN Nissan GT-R GT3 drove on from 32nd on the grid to finish 5th in the punishing French summer heat, leading the contingent of current and former Super GT drivers entered at the latest round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
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Former F4 Japanese Champion and Super GT rookie standout Sho Tsuboi finally dropped a heavy weight off his shoulders, thanks to two victories and two long-awaited first career victories in the All-Japan Formula Three Championship at Suzuka Circuit.
Tsuboi captured pole position for both Rounds 10 and 11 of the 2017 All-Japan F3 Championship during the Suzuka Clubman Race event, then held off the challenge of two different series newcomers by less than a second to take his first and second wins of the season.
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It’s the final official test session of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, and the final tune-up at Suzuka Circuit for the teams and drivers for this August’s 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final.
41 teams and over 80 drivers will take part in the two-day official test session at Suzuka Circuit on June 30 and July 1, which will feature several third drivers as part of the test – including another much-anticipated outing for both Jenson Button and Kamui Kobayashi, the two former Formula 1 stars who will make their Super GT race debuts at the Suzuka 1000km on August 27.
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The 2017 edition of the fabled “Grand Prix of Endurance”, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be remembered as one of the most eventful, memorable editions of the event – one that saw a determined victory from the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Earl Bamber, recovering from eighteen laps and one hour down to win the race.
Ten current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series took part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, all of them experiencing a range of emotions; from the heartbreaking misfortunes at Toyota Gazoo Racing, to the improbable 2nd place overall result for former Super GT driver Oliver Jarvis and the Jackie Chan DC Racing team – which won the LMP2 class, and so nearly took the most unfathomable overall victory in modern Le Mans history.
Continue reading Triumph & heartbreak for Super GT stars at Le Mans