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Super GT World Is Going To The Suzuka 10 Hours – A Letter From The Editor

It seems surreal to announce this, but yes, Super GT World will be in attendance to cover the 48th SMBC/BH Auction Suzuka 10 Hours on August 23-25, on location at Suzuka Circuit.

This adventure will be one of many firsts. My first time ever covering a motor race on location as a member of the press rather than from my own home at Super GT World HQ. And, crucially, my first time ever venturing outside the United States for any length of time, a terrifying enough prospect with the travel anxiety that comes with it.

But this is one that I sincerely hope will be worth it. To be able to take in the sport that I love, this close to the action, is a dream come true.

There are many amazing drivers who I dearly wish to meet and talk to in person. Many amazing fans from the locals to the international travelers. In all of the planning and preparation, my sincerest hope is to be a positive presence at the event and to help elevate this event and the incredible people taking part, in the eyes of those following around the world.

-R.J. O’Connell
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Super GT World

Takashi Kogure: A Legend On the Crossroads

What comes next in the racing career of Takashi Kogure?

On Friday at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda presented their 2019 roster of drivers and riders for top-level Japanese motorsport – and with that announcement, Kogure was missing for the first time since 2003.

For the first time in over 15 years, the 38-year-old from Kanagawa, Japan will not represent Honda in either the GT500 class of Super GT, nor the Super Formula Championship. He is not the first veteran Super GT driver to step away this off-season, with João Paulo Lima de Oliveira leaving Nissan and Super GT after 13 seasons earlier this month, but like Oliveira, Kogure is seemingly ending a major chapter in his racing life – and now the question is where he’ll continue to race in 2019.

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Super Formula rookie Ticktum shares a road to redemption with legend Motoyama

18-year-old Londoner Daniel Ticktum makes his debut in the Japanese Super Formula Championship this weekend for Red Bull Team Mugen, driving at Sportsland SUGO, the track where seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher made his one and only start in the series way back in 1991.

Further down the paddock, four-time Japanese Top Formula Champion and three-time Super GT GT500 champion, Satoshi Motoyama, is debriefing with his B-Max Racing Team and his driving protegé Katsumasa Chiyo.

Ticktum, the one making his Super Formula debut, had to rebuild his career and his livelihood after being banned for a calendar year and placed on probation for a second for a retaliatory crash with a championship rival in British Formula 4 in 2015. Motoyama, the one who’s now since retired from this championship as an active competitor, can absolutely empathise.

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Commentary: One Goal, Now In Sight

It wasn’t the all-out, star-studded, competitive convergence of the two fastest silhouette car championships in the world today.

But last week, when Lexus and Nissan brought their GT500 cars from the Autobacs Super GT Series over to the Hockenheimring for three days’ worth of show runs, on the same circuit as the current-generation cars from the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), it finally, after four years of hype, satiated the desires of fans who had almost given up hope on the long-term goals of the unified Class One regulations.

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