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Rosenqvist emerges as Lexus GT500 candidate

There is an update on the 2017-18 Super GT Hot Stove League, as it pertains to the Lexus GT500 fleet, which celebrated its successes in the Autobacs Super GT Series this Sunday at the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival at Fuji Speedway.

AUTOSPORTweb is reporting that Felix Rosenqvist, a star performer in the Japanese Super Formula Championship and FIA Formula E Championship, is now being linked to the Lexus GT500 stable as one of at least two, potentially three, new drivers to make the move to Super GT’s premier class – alongside top candidate Kamui Kobayashi and young Kenta Yamashita.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival this Sunday at Fuji

The final of the big three manufacturer fan festivals in Japan brings us back to Fuji Speedway, home circuit of the Toyota Motor Corporation, for the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival this Sunday.

It’s a celebration of Toyota’s successes across the world of motorsport – their winning return to the FIA World Rally Championship, a solid season in the World Endurance Championship, and of course, winning Japan’s two biggest championships – the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Japanese Super Formula Championship.

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D’Station Racing & Gulf Racing Japan enter Dubai 24 Hours

Porsche’s two customer teams from the Autobacs Super GT Series, D’Station Racing, and Gulf Racing Japan, will enter the 2018 24 Hours of Dubai – the blue riband event of the 24H Series by Creventic – on January 11-13, 2018 at the Dubai Autodrome.

Both teams will enter the top-level A6 category for FIA GT3 cars, with D’Station Racing bringing the upgraded, 2018-spec Porsche 911 GT3-R on track for the first time in advance of their full-season campaigns in Japan.

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Jenson Button announces full-time Super GT programme with Honda in 2018

The biggest free agent signing in Autobacs Super GT Series history is now official.

2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button announced during a talk show event at the Honda Racing Thanks Day in Twin Ring Motegi that he will be racing in Super GT full-time with Honda in the GT500 class.

Button, a veteran of over 300 Formula 1 Grand Prix starts, made his Super GT debut with Team Mugen in the Suzuka 1000km – and has long had his sights on a full-time drive in the series ever since.

“It’s been a dream for the last couple of years, I love the category,” said Button of Super GT. “I did one race at Suzuka earlier in the year, and it got me very excited – I’m very excited about the new season!”

“There’s a lot of testing to be done – to feel comfortable (in the car), and to hopefully improve the package, and go out next year and be competitive.”

No announcement of a team or co-drivers was made, we can expect that information to be revealed by February, when Honda announces their 2018 motorsports activities.