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.
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.
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.
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.