There’s no rest for the weary, as many of Super GT’s top drivers from both GT500 and GT300 categories will take part in the nine-hour Super Taikyu Endurance Series Fuji Super-Tec race, just a week after taking part in the 45th International Suzuka 1000km.
Just as the Suzuka 1000km is the crown jewel of the Autobacs Super GT Series, the Fuji Super-Tec is the longest, and most prolific race on the current Super Taikyu calendar. It’s also the first race for Super Taikyu after a layoff of nearly three months.
A total of 65 cars are entered across six different categories, with 12 cars in the top-ranked ST-X category for FIA GT3 vehicles, and 23 cars coming from the most populous ST-4 class for production-based vehicles with engines 2,000 cc or smaller.
The Endless Sports Advan BMW Z4 GT3 of Yuke Taniguchi, Kyosuke Mineo, and Yuya Motojima won last year’s Super-Tec in the ST-X category. This year, they’re fielding a Nissan GT-R GT3, and two-time GT500 champion Masataka Yanagida and newly-crowned Suzuka 1000km GT300 class winner Hideki Yamauchi are partnering Taniguchi and Mineo.
There is also a keen interest in a new entry in the ST-3 category: SKT Team Motoyama, fielding a Nissan Fairlady Z (Z34) for Nissan GT500 drivers Satoshi Motoyama, Hironobu Yasuda, and Arnage Racing third driver Masaki Kano.
Their main rivals will be the Denso Le Beausset Motorsport Lexus RC350, featuring apr Racing drivers Koki Saga and Yuichi Nakayama, as well as T.D.P. prospect Kenta Yamashita as its drivers.
Endless Sports are the top team in the ST-4 category, their Toyota 86 featuring Motojima and second-generation driver Ryo Ogawa in their driver lineup.
They should expect fierce competition from the Toyota Team TOM’s Spirit entry, featuring Lexus GT500 driver Kazuya Oshima and the other half of last weekend’s winning Subaru team, Takuto Iguchi. Plus the Saitama Toyopet GreenBrave car, anchored by the three-time GT500 champion Juichi Wakisaka.
The race runs from 09:00-18:00 JST on September 4 at Fuji Speedway.