Entry List: 2017 Fuji GT 300km Race

The GT Association, sanctioning body and promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, have officially published the entry list for the upcoming Fuji GT 300km Race on August 5-6.

GT500 Class (15 Cars)

GT300 Class (30 Cars)

Here are some additional notes on this entry list for the fifth round of the 2017 season:

In GT500, 15 points separate the top six teams and drivers in the championship tables, led by the #6 Wako’s 4CR Lexus LC500 of Kazuya Oshima and Andrea Caldarelli.

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Those top six teams will carry fuel flow restrictors in addition to physical ballast going into Fuji International Speedway: The Wako’s 4CR LC500, as well as the #37 KeePer TOM’s LC500 (Ryo Hirakawa/Nick Cassidy), the #36 au TOM’s LC500 (Kazuki Nakajima/James Rossiter), and the most recent winners, the #1 Denso Kobelco SARD LC500 (Heikki Kovalainen/Kohei Hirate) will carry the “Stage 2” fuel flow restrictor, limiting fuel consumption to 89.8 kg/hour.

At the high-speed Fuji circuit, that loss of fuel flow – and horsepower – could prove a daunting obstacle for the top teams in the championship to come away with a top finish at the Fuji 300km.

The #38 ZENT Cerumo LC500 (Yuji Tachikawa/Hiroaki Ishiura) will carry the “Stage 1” fuel flow restrictor in their bid to sweep the two Fuji races, as will the #23 Motul Autech GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda/Ronnie Quintarelli).

There are no driver changes from the previous round.

In GT300, the full entry is restored, with the #22 R’Qs Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 (Hisashi Wada/Masaki Jyonai) and #117 EIcars Bentley Continental GT3 (Yuji Ide/Ryohei Sakaguchi) both back in action after missing the race at Sugo.

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Yuya Motojima will return for his second race in the #33 D’station Porsche 911 GT3-R, replacing the absent Sven Müller and the injured André Couto alongside regular driver Tomonobu Fujii.

The two privateer Nissan GT-R GT3 customer teams will be making driver changes from the previous round as well: In the #48 Shokumou.jp GT-R, Hiroshi Takamori steps down to be replaced by Taiyou Iida, who performed reasonably well for Dijon Racing at the Fuji 500km in May. In the #360 RunUp GT-R, gentleman driver Atsushi Tanaka returns to partner Yusaku Shibata, hoping for a better turnout than they had at Fuji three months ago.

 

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