Super GT Stat Blast: Fuji GT 500km Race

Fuji Speedway Facts

Located in Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Opened in December 1965
First reconfigured in 1975, modified in 1986, 1993, and renovated again in 2005
Purchased by Toyota Motor Corporation in Autumn 2000

Track Length: 4.563 kilometers / 2.835 miles
Track Width: 15 – 25 meters
Elevation Change: 40 meters

First Super GT Championship Race held in 1994
Race Length: 110 laps / 501.93 kilometers

  • Located less than 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo
  • Host of the first All-Japan GT Championship Race on May 1, 1994
  • Host of four Formula One Japanese Grands Prix – 1976, 1977, 2007, and 2008
  • Host of the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Fuji (formerly the Fuji 1000km)
  • Circuit re-opened on April 10, 2005 after 18 months of extensive renovations carried out by Toyota and designer Hermann Tilke
  • Will be the road cycling venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics

Official Lap Records

GT500: 1’27.366 – Katsumasa Chiyo (2016)

Until 2018, the only prototype sports cars that were quicker around this circuit in this layout were the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, the Toyota TS050 Hybrid, and the Porsche 919 Hybrid of the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

GT300: 1’35.707 – Takashi Kobayashi (2016)

This time would have taken GTE Pro class pole position in the 2018 6 Hours of Fuji by three-tenths of a second, ahead of the Aston Martin Vantage GTE.


Fuji 500km Sports Car Race Winners, 1971-1991

  • 1971: #66 McLaren M12/Chevrolet (Tadashi Sakai)
  • 1974: #77 Sigma GC73/Mazda Rotary (Yojiro Terada/Yasuhiro Okamoto)
  • 1977: #8 March 75S/BMW (Fumiyasu Sato/Tetsuji Ozasa)
  • 1978: #11 Cibie Sport Alpine A441/Renault (Masahiro Hasemi/Kazuyoshi Hoshino)
  • 1979: #10 March 76S/Mazda Rotary (Takashi Yorino/Masanori Sekiya)
  • 1980: #15 Chevron B36/Mazda Rotary (Mitsuru Sugaya/Keiichi Suzuki/Naoji Sugisaki)
  • 1981: #9 March 75S/Mazda Rotary (Taku Akaike/Takefumi Kobayashi)
  • 1982: #1 Auto Beaurex Motorsports BMW M1 (Fumiyasu Sato/Naoki Nagasaka
  • 1983: #6 Team Trust Porsche 956 (Naohiro Fujita/Vern Schuppan)
  • 1984: #18 Advan Alpha Porsche 956 (Kunimitsu Takahashi/Kenji Takahashi)
  • 1985: #25 Advan Alpha Porsche 962C (Kunimitsu Takahashi/Kenji Takahashi)
  • 1986: #7 Team Trust Porsche 956 (Vern Schuppan/Keiichi Suzuki)
  • 1987: #1 Advan Alpha Porsche 962C (Kunimitsu Takahashi/Kenny Acheson/Kazuo Mogi)
  • 1988: #27 From A Porsche 962C (Hideki Okada/Stanley Dickens)
  • 1989: #27 From A Porsche 962C (Harold Grohs/Akihiko Nakaya)
  • 1990: #36 Minolta TOM’s Toyota 90C-V (Masanori Sekiya/Hitoshi Ogawa)
  • 1991: #23 NISMO Calsonic Nissan R91CP (Kazuyoshi Hoshino/Toshio Suzuki)

All-Japan Fuji GT Race Winners, 1994-2000

1994
GT500: #1 Calsonic Nissan Skyline GT-R (Masahiko Kageyama) [BS]
GT300: #29 Korg Kegani Porsche 911 964 (Sakae Obata / Hideo Uehara) [BS]

1995
GT500: #33 Taisan Porsche 911 GT2 (Hideshi Matsuda / Kaoru Iida) [YH]
GT300: #70 Team Gaikokuya Nissan Skyline GTS-R (Yoshimi Ishibashi / Kaoru Hoshino) [YH]

1996
GT500: #61 Team Lark McLaren F1 GTR (David Brabham / John Nielsen) [BS]
GT300: #910 910 Racing Porsche 911 993 (Seiichi Sodeyama / Naoki Nagasaka) [YH]

1997
GT500: #39 Denso SARD Toyota Supra (Masami Kageyama / Tatsuya Tanigawa) [YH]
GT300: #26 Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 964 (Morio Nitta / Keiichi Suzuki) [YH]

1998: Race cancelled due to inclement weather, which caused the near-fatal accident of Tetsuya Ota.

1999
GT500: #100 Raybrig Honda NSX (Kunimitsu Takahashi / Akira Iida) [BS]
GT300: #25 MOMO Corse A’PEX Toyota MR2 (Morio Nitta / Shinichi Takagi) [YH]

2000
GT500: #18 Takata Dome Honda NSX (Katsutomo Kaneishi / Juichi Wakisaka) [BS]
GT300: #26 Shell Taisan Advan Porsche 911 GT3-R (Hideo Fukuyama / Hideshi Matsuda) [YH]

Fuji GT 500km Race Winners, 2001-2018

2001
GT500: #6 Esso Ultraflo Toyota Supra (Hideki Noda / Juichi Wakisaka) [BS]
GT300: #81 Daishin Advan Nissan Silvia (Takayuki Aoki / Noboyuki Oyagi) [YH]

2002
GT500: #1 au Cerumo Toyota Supra (Hironori Takeuchi / Yuji Tachikawa) [BS]
GT300: #62 R&D Sport Dunlop Vemac 320R (Shinsuke Shibahara /
Shogo Mitsuyama ) [DL]

2003
GT500: #22 Motul Pitwork Nissan Skyline GT-R (Masami Kageyama / Richard Lyons) [BS]
GT300: #26 PLUS e Taisan Advan Porsche 911 GT3-R (Shinichi Yamaji / Kazuyuki Nishizawa) [YH]

2005
GT500: #38 ZENT Cerumo Toyota Supra (Yuji Tachikawa / Toranosuke Takagi) [BS]
GT300: #0 Ebbro M-TEC Honda NSX (Haruki Kurosawa / Shinya Hosokawa) [DL]

2006
GT500: #35 Bandai Direzza Lexus SC430 (Naoki Hattori / Peter Dumbreck) [DL]
GT300: #62 Willcom Advan Vemac 408R (Shinsuke Shibahara / Hiroyuki Yagi) [YH]

2007
GT500: #23 Xanavi NISMO Fairlady Z (Satoshi Motoyama / Richard Lyons) [BS]
GT300: #43 ARTA ASL Garaiya (Morio Nitta / Shinichi Takagi) [MI]

2008
GT500: #38 ZENT Cerumo Lexus SC430 (Yuji Tachikawa / Richard Lyons) [BS]
GT300: #95 Lightning McQueen apr Toyota MR-S (Kohei Hirate / Keisuke Kunimoto) [MI]

2009¹
GT500: #1 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R (Satoshi Motoyama / Benoît Tréluyer) [BS]
GT300: #43 ARTA ASL Garaiya (Morio Nitta / Shinichi Takagi) [MI]

2010¹
GT500: #35 MJ Kraft Lexus SC430 (Hiroaki Ishiura / Kazuya Oshima) [BS]
GT300: #74 Toyota Corolla Axio apr GT (Takuto Iguchi / Yuji Kunimoto) [MI]

2011²
GT500: #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R (Satoshi Motoyama / Benoît Tréluyer) [BS]
GT300: #33 Hankook Porsche 911 GT3-R (Masami Kageyama / Tomonobu Fujii) [HK]

2012
GT500: #39 Denso Kobelco SARD Lexus SC430 (Juichi Wakisaka / Hiroaki Ishiura) [BS]
GT300: #0 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku BMW Z4 GT3 (Nobuteru Taniguchi / Tatsuya Kataoka) [YH]

2013
GT500: #36 Petronas TOM’s Lexus SC430 (Kazuki Nakajima / James Rossiter) [BS]
GT300: #31 Panasonic apr Toyota Prius GT (Morio Nitta / Koki Saga) [BS]

2014
GT500: #12 Calsonic Impul Nissan GT-R (Hironobu Yasuda / João Paulo de Oliveira) [BS]
GT300: #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku BMW Z4 (Nobuteru Taniguchi / Tatsuya Kataoka) [YH]

2015
GT500: #1 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda / Ronnie Quintarelli) [MI]
GT300: #10 Gainer TanaX Nissan GT-R GT3 (André Couto / Katsumasa Chiyo / Ryuichiro Tomita*) [DL]

2016
GT500: #1 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda / Ronnie Quintarelli) [MI]
GT300: #3 B-Max NDDP Nissan GT-R GT3 (Kazuki Hoshino / Jann Mardenborough) [YH]

2017
GT500: #38 ZENT Cerumo Lexus LC500 (Yuji Tachikawa / Hiroaki Ishiura) [BS]
GT300: #51 JMS P.MU LM Corsa Lexus RC F GT3 (Yuichi Nakayama / Sho Tsuboi) [BS]

2018
GT500: #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda / Ronnie Quintarelli) [MI]
GT300: #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 (Shinichi Takagi / Sean Walkinshaw) [BS]

¹ Run as a 400 kilometer race due to the 2009-2010 energy and economic crisis.
² Run as a 300 kilometer race due to the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.
*Tomita did not complete a racing lap, while credited with the victory, was not awarded points towards the GT300 Drivers’ Championship.


Wins by Manufacturer, 1994-present

GT500

Toyota – 10
Nissan – 9
Honda – 2
Porsche – 1
McLaren – 1

GT300

Porsche – 6
Nissan – 4
Toyota – 4
BMW – 3
ASL – 2
Vemac – 2
Honda – 1
Lexus – 1


Wins by Team, 1994-present

GT500

NISMO – 7
Lexus Team Cerumo – 4
Team Impul – 2
Lexus Team Kraft – 2
Lexus Team SARD – 2
Mugen x Dome Racing – 1
Team Kunimitsu – 1
Team Lark McLaren – 1
Lexus Team LeMans – 1
Team Taisan – 1
Lexus Team TOM’s – 1

GT300

apr Racing / A’PEX – 4
Autobacs Racing Team Aguri – 3
Team Taisan – 3
Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO – 2
R&D Sport – 2
Team Daishin – 1
Team Gaikokuya – 1
Gainer – 1
Hankook KTR – 1
Kegani Racing – 1
LM Corsa / INGING Motorsport – 1
Team Mugen / M-TEC – 1
NDDP Racing – 1
910 Racing – 1
Team Studie – 1
Tsuchiya Engineering – 1


Wins by Driver, 1994-present

GT500

Yuji Tachikawa – 4
Hiroaki Ishiura – 3
Richard Lyons – 3
Tsugio Matsuda – 3
Satoshi Motoyama – 3
Ronnie Quintarelli – 3
Juichi Wakisaka – 3
Masami Kageyama – 2
Benoît Tréluyer – 2

GT300

Morio Nitta – 5
Shinichi Takagi – 4
Tatsuya Kataoka – 2
Shinsuke Shibahara – 2
Nobuteru Taniguchi – 2


Wins by Tyre Manufacturer, 1994-present

GT500

Bridgestone – 17
Michelin – 3
Yokohama – 2
Dunlop – 1

GT300

Yokohama – 11
Bridgestone – 4
Michelin – 4
Dunlop – 3
Hankook – 1


Landmark Fuji 500km/All-Japan Fuji GT Races

  • 1994: The first JGTC championship race is held on May 1. Masahiko Kageyama in the Calsonic Hoshino Racing Nissan Skyline GT-R wins the All-Japan Fuji GT Race.
  • 1999: At age 59, Kunimitsu Takahashi wins his final professional automobile race as a driver, driving the #100 Raybrig NSX alongside Akira Iida.
  • 2001: The revived Fuji 500km is won by the Team Le Mans Toyota Supra of Hideki Noda, and Juichi Wakisaka, who scored his first victory with Toyota after defecting from Honda.
  • 2005: The first Super GT race at the renovated Fuji Speedway sees Toranosuke Takagi take his first win in the series, and Yuji Tachikawa win the Fuji 500km for the second time.
  • 2008: Keisuke Kunimoto becomes the youngest race winner in Super GT history at
  • 2012: Juichi Wakisaka takes his 11th and final Super GT premier class victory alongside Hiroaki Ishiura at Lexus Team SARD – who win their first race since 2004.
  • 2013: The Toyota Prius apr GT becomes the first hybrid vehicle to win in Super GT.
  • 2016: A duel between NISMO and Team Impul ends with four laps to go when the Calsonic GT-R’s tyre explodes, leading NISMO to back-to-back victories in the 500km.
  • 2018: Tsugio Matsuda becomes the first driver to reach 20 career GT500 race victories, as he and Ronnie Quintarelli win the race for the third time in four years.

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