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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Super GT Hot Stove League: The November 30 Edition

Super GT’s silly season, or “Hot Stove League”, is back. Most of the information in this piece comes from the latest issue of auto sport Magazine, volume 1495, available in digital format now and in print 14 December.

This edition breaks down the potential changes to the GT500 driver fleets for Honda, Toyota (Lexus), and Nissan as the 2019 season approaches.

DISCLAIMER: All of the information in this article is speculative, and has not been confirmed by any of the manufacturers, drivers, or teams involved.

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2018 Motegi GT 250km Grand Final: BoP Tables

On Tuesday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter and sanctioning body of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the Balance of Performance (BoP) tables for the upcoming eighth and final round of the season, the Motegi GT 250km Race Grand Final.

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 Motegi GT 250km Grand Final: Weekend Schedule

Twin Ring Motegi will host the final round of the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, with a potential winner-take-all championship finale in the GT500 class, and six contenders still mathematically eligible to win the GT300 titles in this final race.

You won’t want to miss what is sure to be a classic title-deciding race at Motegi – here are the dates and times for the entire weekend schedule!


MOTEGI GT 250KM RACE GRAND FINAL – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

all times JST

Saturday, 10 November

  • 8:50 – 10:35: Practice (1 hour, 45 minutes)
  • 14:00 – 14:35: Qualifying Session 1 (15 minutes x 2)
  • 14:45 – 15:13: Qualifying Session 2 (10 minutes x 2)

Sunday, 11 November

  • 11:55 – 12:15: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
  • 13:30 – 15:30: Race (53 laps)

The support bill features the season finale of the 2018 FIA F4 Japanese Championship. Honda-backed prospects Yuki Tsunoda and Teppei Natori, and Toyota-backed Kazuto Kotaka, are separated by 29 points going into the final two races of the season. Will Tsunoda, who has won six races this year, win the title? Or will challengers Natori or Kotaka overtake him in the final round?

Also on offer is the 2018 Honda Sports & Eco Programme Fit 10 Liter Challenge, a one-make sprint race for Honda Fit 3 RS cars carrying just 10 liters of fuel onboard! A race of speed and economy all in one!

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

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2018 Motegi GT 250km Grand Final: Entry List

On Monday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the entry list for the eighth and final round of the 2018 season, the Motegi GT 250km Race Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi on 10-11 November.

Straightforward as ever, all 44 cars will be on the grid for this final race of the 2018 season.

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