The entry list stands at 41 cars, including the standard 15 GT500 cars and 24 GT300 teams, with two local “wild card” entries for Vattana Motorsport and Toyota Team Thailand.
The entry list in GT500 confirms the biggest change of the season: 19-year-old rookie Tadasuke Makino in the #15 Drago Modulo Honda NSX-GT, alongside regular driver Hideki Mutoh.
And after missing the Suzuka 1000km in August due to a back injury sustained at the Fuji GT 300km Race, Katsumasa Chiyo is 100 percent healthy and returns to the #46 S Road Craftsports MOLA GT-R, partnering Satoshi Motoyama.
GT300 features two local entries from Thailand, the first being the #35 Arto Toyota 86 MC of Toyota Team Thailand. This is the newest Mother Chassis car constructed by Dome. Local pro Nattavude Charoensukhawatana is partnered by Singha brewery heir and GT Asia driver Piti Bhirombhakdi, and the car is equipped with Yokohama Advan tyres.
The second is the #28 Vattana BMW M6 GT3, prepared in conjunction MARC Cars Australia, who brings along the debuting Morgan Haber to partner recently-paroled team founder Chonsawat Asavahame. Worth noting as well, they will be the only GT300 team to use Michelin tyres.
The entry list also sees Porsche racing legend Jörg Bergmeister back in the #33 Excellence Porsche 911 GT3-R with Naoya Yamano. Bergmeister missed the entire three-race Summer Series, due to commitments in the IMSA SportsCar Championship with Park Place Racing.
Due to budget constraints, five teams will be unable to make the trip to Thailand. They include Team Mach (#5 Mach 86 MC), Team Taisan SARD (#26 Taisan SARD R8), Dijon Racing (#48 Dijon GT-R), Lamborghini Team Direction SHIFT (#108 Direction 108 Huracan), and Tomei Sports (#360 RunUp & DOES GT-R).