The Autobacs Super GT Series will be broadcast internationally on YouTube in 2017, as Nissan and NISMO announced on Monday that all eight rounds of the championship will air on their NISMO TV channel in 2017, including the Golden Week classic, the Fuji GT 500km Race, and the 46th and final running of the International Suzuka 1000km.
Their coverage of the 2017 season begins with this weekend’s opening round, the Okayama GT 300km Race, at Okayama International Circuit on April 9, at 2:30 PM JST.
This is outstanding news for Super GT’s ever-growing international fanbase, as NISMO TV returns for its third season of coverage of Japan’s most popular national racing series.
It’s also outstanding for the series’ international superstars, as well as their supporters from back home. One such international talent is four-time GT500 champion Ronnie Quintarelli, driver of the #23 Motul Autech GT-R for NISMO.
“Fans in Japan have of course known about the spectacular action that happens in Super GT, but thanks to NISMO.TV we’ve been able to share that with Nissan and NISMO fans around the world,” said Quintarelli.
“When I’m racing here in Japan, I am of course a long way from home in Italy, so it is brilliant for my friends, family and fans to be able to watch every race live. Tsugio (Matsuda) and I will hopefully give everyone something to cheer about.”
“To have the entire year live on NISMO.TV on YouTube is brilliant too,” says Jann Mardenborough, who makes his GT500 class debut this weekend in the famous #12 Calsonic Impul GT-R. “I’ve had my family friends come over and see me race in the championship last year, but the fact the entire season will be live around the world is awesome.”
This will be NISMO TV’s third full season of Super GT race broadcasts on YouTube, which started with the 2014 International Suzuka 1000km. Fittingly, the 2017 Suzuka 1000km, the last running of the event in its current format, will also be broadcast on NISMO TV.
Viewers in Japan can continue to watch the series on the J Sports family of networks, who have this weekend’s race live at 2:00 PM JST on J Sports 4, and on-demand shortly thereafter.