The GT Association, sanctioning body and promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, have officially published the entry list for the upcoming Sugo GT 300km Race on July 22-23 at Sportsland SUGO.
Here are some additional notes on this entry list for the fourth round of the 2017 season:
The top four teams in the GT500 championship are all close together, separated at the top by just 6 points for their leading drivers.
The #37 KeePer TOM’s LC500 (Ryo Hirakawa/Nick Cassidy) will be the first to carry a Stage 2 Fuel Flow Restrictor, which reduces fuel intake down to 89.8 kilograms per hour – and reduces the horsepower even more. The #36 au TOM’s LC500 (Kazuki Nakajima/James Rossiter), the #38 ZENT Cerumo LC500 (Yuji Tachikawa/Hiroaki Ishiura), and the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500 (Kazuya Oshima/Andrea Caldarelli) will all carry the Stage 1 fuel restrictor (92.4 kg/h).
No changes are made to any of the driver lineups in GT500.
In GT300, there is a reduced entry due to the limits of garage space at Sportsland SUGO, which has one of the smallest paddocks on the Super GT calendar.
As a result, the #22 R’Qs Motor Sports Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, and the #117 EIcars Bentley Continental GT3, will skip this round of the championship and return for Round 5, the Fuji GT 300km Race at Fuji Speedway two weeks after.
André Couto was injured in a crash in the China GT Championship on July 9, and will be out of action for three months, per his agency. He is still listed alongside Tomonobu Fujii in the #33 D’station Porsche 911 GT3-R as of the first version of this entry list – we can expect D’station Racing to nominate a replacement driver within the next week or two. Couto was to replace rookie Sven Müller through Round 5 at Fuji.
There’s only one other change in the lineup – as former GT300 champion Takayuki Aoki will drive the #360 RunUp Nissan GT-R GT3 alongside Yusaku Shibata, giving the team a more experienced driver combination for the race at Sugo.