On Sunday, in a press conference held before the 45th International Suzuka 1000km, GT-Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh confirmed that Toyota Team Thailand and Vattana Motor Sport will be entered into the Buriram United Super GT Race in Thailand as wildcards for the GT300 class.
Super GT’s lone fly-away race will take place on October 8-9 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, where 41 cars are expected to be entered, including 39 full-time Super GT teams from Japan, and the two wildcard entries representing Thailand.
Toyota Team Thailand took part in the inaugural Buriram Super GT race in 2014, and in fact were the very first team to enter a Mother Chassis car in GT300, the Dome-built Toyota 86. They will return to Buriram with a brand-new Toyota 86 MC featuring new aerodynamic parts.
Of even more interest is that Toyota Team Thailand aims to run full-time in Super GT next season, becoming the first team based outside of Japan to do so since Team SG Changi and ThunderAsia Racing in 2011.
Nattavude Charoensukhawatana returns to drive the newly-built 86 MC, partnered by Pitti Bhirombhakdi, who currently drives for Singha Racing in the GT Asia Series, with former Honda GT500 driver Carlo van Dam.
The second wildcard team is Vattana Motor Sports, who entered a Lamborghini Gallardo in last year’s race prepared by Reiter Engineering. This year, Vattana will field a BMW M6 GT3.
The driver lineup will also be different from last year, in no small part due to team founder Chonsawat Asavahame serving an 18-month jail sentence for election fraud.
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