45th International Suzuka 1000km entry list published

The entry list for the upcoming 45th International Suzuka 1000km on August 27-28 has been published on the official Super GT website.

The entry list features the customary 15 GT500 entries and 29 cars from GT300. It also features several third drivers for several teams – headlined by the addition of Mitsunori Takaboshi to the #46 S Road Craftsports MOLA GT-R team of Satoshi Motoyama and Katsumasa Chiyo.

Takaboshi, who made his return to Super GT in the last round at Fuji Speedway for Dijon Racing, will make his GT500 class debut in this race. After a successful rookie season for NDDP Racing in 2015, Takaboshi has been racing in Europe in the Blancpain GT Series for NISMO GT Academy Team RJN for most of 2016. He is the only third driver entered for a GT500 team this season.

All other driver lineups remain as they are in GT500, with the championship-leading #1 Motul Autech NISMO GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda/Ronnie Quintarelli) carrying the maximum 100 kilograms of Success Ballast.

Fourteen of the twenty-nine GT300 entries have entered three-driver lineups.

A handful of drivers will make their Super GT debuts: Tadasuke Makino (#2 Syntium Apple Lotus Evora) and Keishi Ishikawa (#111 EVA RT Test-01 Mercedes-AMG) step up from the All-Japan Formula Three Championship, and New Zealand’s Jono Lester (#108 Direction 108 Lamborghini Huracan) makes his second attempt at a Super GT debut after a lost weekend at Fuji.

The rest all make their returns: DTM star Augusto Farfus (#7 Studie BMW M6), Asian Le Mans Series champion and former F1/IndyCar driver Shinji Nakano (#26 Taisan Sard Audi R8), Japanese F3 championship candidate Kenta Yamashita (#25 VivaC Team Samurai Toyota 86 MC), 2001 Suzuka winner Hironori Takeuchi (#108 Direction 108 Huracan), and Lexus VLN factory driver Dominik Farnbacher (#60 Syntium LM Corsa Lexus RC-F) headline the list of returning drivers.

Also entered are two-time Suzuka 1000km winner Shigekazu Wakisaka (#51 JMS LM Corsa Ferrari 488), Arnage Racing driver/manager Masaki Kano (#50 Odyssey Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG) and former Pacific Racing driver Tohjiro Azuma (#22 R’Qs Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG).

Back from at least one race out in 2016, Tetsuji Tamanaka returns to the wheel of his #5 Mach Toyota 86 MC, as does Hiroshi Takamori and Masaki Tanaka to the #48 Dijon GT-R, Taiyo Iida to the #87 triple a JLOC Huracan, and rookie Shota Kiyohara to the #360 RunUp & DOES GT-R.

Naoya Yamano and Yuya Sakamoto make up the lineup for the #33 Excellence Porsche 911 GT3-R, meaning neither Bergmeister brother, Jörg or Tim, will take part in the Suzuka 1000km.


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