Category Archives: Features

Japanese Motorsport In The Time of Coronavirus

6 July – Super GT: The entry list of the Takanoko Hotel Fuji 300km is published, with several changes to the original entry list caused by COVID-19 travel restrictions:

  • Kenta Yamashita replaces Heikki Kovalainen at TGR Team SARD (GT500)
  • arto Ping An Team Thailand withdraws (GT300)
  • Tsubasa Kondo replaces Christopher Mies at Audi Team Hitotsuyama (GT300)
  • Tsubasa Takahashi and Shinnosuke Yamada replace Yuya Motojima and Dennis Lind in the #87 JLOC entry (GT300)
  • Yuya Motojima replaces André Couto in the #88 JLOC entry (GT300)

6 July – Super GT: Bertrand Baguette confirms that he has returned to Japan and will be able to take part in the 2020 Super GT Series from the opening round onward.

4 July – Inter Proto Series: The Inter Proto Series and Kyojo Cup hold their first race meeting of the 2020 season at Fuji Speedway. In the Professional Class, Sho Tsuboi sweeps both 8-lap races. Ronnie Quintarelli finishes 2nd in Round 1 ahead of 3rd place Sena Sakaguchi, then finishes 3rd in Round 2, behind Nirei Fukuzumi in 2nd. Hideki Nagai sweeps the Gentleman & Expert Class races. And Miki Onaga wins the first race of the Kyojo Cup, ahead of Rina Ito in 2nd, and All-Japan F3 National Class race winner Ai Miura in 3rd.

3 July – TCR Japan: Only nine cars are on the inital TCR Japan Series entry list for 2020, which begins on 25-26 July at Sportsland Sugo.

29 June – Super GT: Oono Associates Co. Ltd, which owns the Takanoko Hotel and Takanoko-no-Yu hot spring in the city of Matsuyama, announces in conjunction with the GTA that they will sponsor the season-opening 300 kilometer race at Fuji Speedway, known officially as the “Takanoko Hotel Fuji GT 300km Race.”

28 June – Super Formula: Red Bull Junior Team driver Jüri Vips, who is contracted to race for Team Mugen in the 2020 Super Formula Championship, agrees to race in the FIA Formula Regional European Championship for KIC Motorsport. Vips’ manager, Marko Asmer, states that Super Formula is still the priority for his driver in 2020.

28 June – Super GT: LM Corsa and Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO will also participate in the Super GT Online Charity Auction – and former driver Loïc Duval has also put one of his racing suits on the lot.

27-28 June – Super GT: The second and final pre-season test takes place at Fuji Speedway. Honda sets the fastest time in three out of four sessions in the GT500 class, with the outright fastest time belonging to Tadasuke Makino.

27-28 June – Porsche Carrera Cup Japan: The first and second round of the 2020 Porsche Carrera Cup Japan take place at Okayama International Circuit. Yuta Kamimura wins both races from pole, ahead of Tsubasa Kondo. Ryo Ogawa and Mizuki Ishizaka split the final podium places. Masaru Hamazaki and Ikari Goto take a win each in the Pro-Am Cup class, and Takumi Takata wins both races in the Am Cup class.

26 June – Super GT: Kovalainen, Baguette, Christopher Mies, Nicki Thiim, Alex Au, Dennis Lind, and Andre Couto are officially scratched off the entry list for the weekend’s pre-season test at Fuji due to travel restrictions. Panther arto Team Thailand will miss the test due to travel restrictions among most of its personnel, while R’Qs Motor Sports, based in Osaka, will forego the test due to budget constraints.

22 June – Super GT: 26-year-old Yu Kanamaru is announced as Keihin Real Racing’s third driver for the pre-season test at Fuji Speedway, set to replace Bertrand Baguette, the 2017 Suzuka 1000km champion who is unable to commute to Japan due to travel restrictions.

22 June – Super GT: The GTA and its partners at BH Auction announce the Super GT Online Charity Auction, which will take place on 1-2 August to benefit the Nippon Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

17 June – Formula Regional Japan: The upstart FIA Formula Regional Japanese Championship announces its revised 2020 calendar, with the season set to begin 1-2 August at Fuji Speedway. Three race meetings will support the Pirelli Super Taikyu Series. As of this date, no teams and drivers have been announced for the championship.

16 June – Super GT: Heikki Kovalainen, 2016 GT500 Champion, is among a number of drivers facing the prospect of missing races. Kenta Yamashita, the reigning GT500 Drivers’ co-Champion, is appointed as a reserve driver for TGR Team SARD at the rescheduled pre-season test at Fuji Speedway.

15 June – Nürburgring 24 Hours: Kondo Racing withdraws its Nissan Customer Racing effort from the Nürburgring 24 Hour Race.

15 June – Porsche Carrera Cup Japan: The 2020 Porsche Carrera Cup Japan schedule is released. It will not support the Autobacs Super GT Series this year, with four race meetings and eight races, starting 27/28 June at Okayama, 25/26 July at Sugo, 1/2 August at Fuji, and 19/20 September at Motegi.

13 June – Super Formula: For the first time ever, a terrestrial television deal outside of Japan is announced for the Super Formula Championship to be carried on the rebranded REV TV in Canada. Rebroadcasts of the 2019 season will begin the following day.

12 June – Formula 1: The Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix is officially cancelled, the first time the event will not be held as part of the championship since 1986.

11 June – Inter Proto Series: The 2020 Inter Proto Series and Kyojo Cup’s season opener is rescheduled to a single-day event on 4 July, to be held behind closed doors at Fuji Speedway. The second race meeting will take place on 25/26 July.

10 June – Super Formula: A wholly revised calendar is announced for the 2020 Super Formula Championship and its supporting categories. The season will begin 29/20 August at Motegi, before moving to Okayama on 26/27 September, Sugo on 17/18 October, 14/15 November at Autopolis. The double-header at Suzuka was moved to 5/6 December, and the season finale at Fuji will take place on 19/20 December. Super Formula Lights (formerly All-Japan Formula Three) will support the series in all six race weekends. TCR Japan will have a standalone race weekend at Sugo on 25/26 July.

10 June – Super Taikyu: A wholly revised calendar is announced for the 2020 Super Taikyu Series. A second pre-season test is scheduled for 30 July at Fuji, and the Fuji 24 Hours is rescheduled to 4-6 September. The remaining rounds will take place at the following dates and venues: 10-11 October at Sugo, 31 October/1 November at Okayama, 21/22 November at Motegi, 12/13 December at Autopolis, and then 23/24 January 2021 at Suzuka.

8 June – Super GT: Daiki Sasaki wins the 2020 Super GT x Gran Turismo Sport Special Race, staged at Fuji Speedway. The event is broadcast live on Super GT’s official YouTube channel on 21 June.

8 June – Super GT: The cancellation of Super GT’s round at Chang International Circuit in Thailand is made official, so the 2020 Super GT Series will conclude on 28/29 November with a fourth championship race at Fuji Speedway. For the first time since 2003, during the SARS-CoV1 pandemic, there will be no races taking place outside of Japan.

5 June – Super GT: Speaking with Motorsport Network’s Jamie Klein, both TGR Team SARD’s Heikki Kovalainen and Keihin Real Racing’s Bertrand Baguette confirm that they are still in their home countries of Finland and Belgium as of the start of April, and are among a number of drivers and personnel that face difficulties returning to test and race in Japan due to the government’s inbound travel restrictions.

4 June – Super GT: A second wholesale revision to the 2020 Super GT calendar is announced. Seven rounds are confirmed amongst three venues in central Japan. Fuji Speedway will host the 1st, 2nd, and 5th rounds on the weekends of 19 July, 9 August, and 4 October. Suzuka Circuit will host Rounds 3 and 6 on 23 August and 25 October. Twin Ring Motegi will host Rounds 4 and 7 on 13 September and 8 November. The GTA also publishes its “road map” to resume racing, including countermeasures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. The rounds at Okayama, Sugo, Autopolis, and Sepang are cancelled. This is the first year that Super GT will not visit Sugo since its inaugural 1994 season.

1 June – Asian Le Mans Series: The Asian Le Mans’ Series planned visit to Suzuka Circuit on 27-29 November is cancelled.

28 May – FIA F4 Japanese Championship: The Toyota Gazoo Racing Drivers Challenge Racing School (formerly the Formula Toyota Racing School) will not take place in 2020.

22 May – Intercontinental GT Challenge: The 49th running of the Suzuka 10 Hours Endurance Race is cancelled, the first time that Japan’s oldest endurance sports car race will not be held since 1979.

22 May – Super GT: The GTA announces the “Super GT x Gran Turismo Sport Special Race”, which will be broadcast “as live” on Super GT’s official YouTube channel on 21 June. A contest is held for GT Sport community members to design recreations of the participating drivers’ 2020 vehicles.

21 May – Nürburgring 24 Hours: Toyota Gazoo Racing withdraws its factory efforts from the delayed running of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.

14 May – Super Formula: Sho Tsuboi wins the Super Formula Virtual Series event, held at Autopolis International Racing Course, ahead of Ryo Hirakawa and Kenta Yamashita.

1 May – Super Formula: The JRP announces that a Super Formula Virtual Series event will take place, using the Gran Turismo Sport video game. The event will be broadcast “as live” on the J Sports network in Japan on 17 May, and on Grand Central Entertainment’s YouTube channel – now rebranded as the channel for the upstart publication known as The Race – on 22 May.

25 April – Super GT, Super Formula: Legendary designer and race engineer Ricardo Divila, who won multiple GT500 and Super Formula titles working for NISMO and Team Impul in the late ’90s into the 21st century, passes away.

24 April – Super Formula: The fourth round of the 2020 Super Formula Championship at Sportsland Sugo, originally scheduled for 20-21 June, is postponed.

10 April – Super Taikyu: The NAPAC Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours, originally scheduled for 5-7 June, is officially postponed.

9 April – Super Formula: As of the second week of April, the first three rounds in the 2020 Super Formula Championship have been postponed, up through Round 4 at Sportsland Sugo, which is scheduled for 20-21 June. JRP President Akira Kurashita addresses the Super Formula fans in a statement: “It is to my dismay that I must write this to our fans. The Coronavirus pandemic has spread at an alarming rate both domestically and internationally. In the midst of that, Japan Race Promotion (JRP) is keeping a watchful eye on the international race calendar, while also staying in close communication with promoters of other racing categories, manufacturers, as well as circuits regarding when we may possibly be able to hold races. As has been previously announced, the first 3 races of the season have been postponed. And due to the fact that an emergency declaration has been put in place without a clear end, we are unable to release even a tentative race calendar. Even with that said, in hopes of trying to meet the wishes of our fans, we are doing our very best to try to keep 7 races on the schedule for this season–with hopefully the first one being Rd. 4 at Sugo.”

9 April – Super Formula: Team Mugen announces that no other personnel have tested positive for Coronavirus, two weeks after news of Marko Asmer’s positive test becomes public.

7 April – Super Formula: The JRP announces that the postponed round 1 at Suzuka has been rescheduled to 14 November, and will now make up the first leg of a doubleheader weekend at Suzuka with the second leg – the 19th JAF Suzuka Grand Prix – taking place on 15 November.

6 April – Super GT: The fourth and fifth rounds at Buriram and Sepang are postponed, and with that, the series announces a first revision to its provisional 2020 calendar that is set to begin 12 July at Okayama, with Round 2 moved to Fuji on 9 August. The original dates remain intact for Sugo, Autopolis, and Motegi – for the time being.

3 April – FIA WEC: The 2020 edition 6 Hours of Fuji, an endurance event that has been run since 1967 as the Fuji 1000km, is cancelled.

3 April – Inter Proto Series: The opening round of the Inter Proto Series and Kyojo Cup at Fuji Speedway, originally scheduled for 10/11 May, is postponed.

31 March – Super GT: Masanori Sekiya departs TOM’s Racing after a 37-year association with the team as a driver and manager, and will now focus on his roles as president of the Toyota Motorsports Club and the Inter Proto Series.

31 March – Super Formula: While not named in Team Mugen’s press release, it is known that former F1 test driver and Super GT race driver Marko Asmer tests positive for Coronavirus. Asmer is the manager of Team Mugen/Red Bull Junior Team driver Jüri Vips. Team Mugen’s workshop is closed as tests begin on other personnel within the team.

31 March – Super Formula: The third round of the 2020 Super Formula Championship at Autopolis International Racing Course, originally scheduled for 16-17 May, is postponed.

30 March – Super GT: The GTA announces the postponement of the second and third rounds of the 2020 Super GT season at Fuji Speedway and Suzuka Circuit. For the first time since 2004, there will not be a Super GT race held at Fuji during the Golden Week holiday.

30 March – Super Taikyu: The second round of the 2020 Super Taikyu Series at Sportsland Sugo, originally scheduled for 25-26 April, is postponed.

27 March – Super GT: A declaration of a State of Emergency for Shizuoka Prefecture results in the cancellation of the Super GT test at Fuji Speedway that was to begin the next day.

24-25 March – Super Formula: The pre-season test at Fuji Speedway is held as scheduled. Ryo Hirakawa sets the fastest outright time on Tuesday, while Nirei Fukuzumi leads the field on Wednesday. Many drivers continue to voice their concerns about the continued testing plans, as they did during the Super GT test at Okayama – including reigning champion Nick Cassidy: “Not comfortable about [testing], realise the Olympics is a big deal but wish the country wasn’t so naive to a problem so big.”

24 March – Olympic Games: The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are officially postponed until 2021.

24 March – Super Formula: On the first day of official pre-season tests, Brazilian Formula 2 driver Sérgio Sette Câmara is announced as one of B-Max Racing with Motopark’s two drivers for the upcoming 2020 season, replacing countryman Pietro Fittipaldi due to what is described as “conflicting sponsors’ interests.”

18 March – Super Formula: One day after announcing that the series will proceed with a pre-season test at Fuji the following week, the JRP announces the postponement of the second round of the 2020 Super Formula Championship at Fuji, originally scheduled for 18-19 April.

18 March – Super GT: The opening round of the 2020 Super GT Series at Okayama, originally scheduled for 11/12 April, is officially postponed by the GTA. However, the second official pre-season test at Fuji will still take place on 28/29 March.

17 March – Super Formula: It is announced that the second scheduled pre-season test at Fuji Speedway will be held as scheduled, on 24-25 March, behind closed doors.

14-15 March – Super GT: The two-day pre-season test at Okayama International Circuit takes place as the sporting world at large shuts down. Nicki Thiim and Dennis Lind cannot attend as they are asked to stay in Denmark. Nattapong Horthongkum did not arrive from Thailand. While the test concludes with no major on-track drama, some drivers are still apprehensive about continuing on with the tests, despite all necessary precautions being taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus amongst personnel.

10 March – Super GT: GTA Chairman Masaaki Bandoh attends a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia to discuss the upcoming Super GT Malaysia Festival, hoping to attract 80,000 spectators for the series’ first ever night-time sprint race. The threat of Coronavirus is looming. Farizhal Hasan of Haro Sports & Entertainment announces that 2,000 surgical masks will be donated to people in Japan, as supplies are becoming thin. Earl Bamber Motorsport (EBM) plans to enter as a wildcard with Malaysian drivers Jazeman Jaafar and Adrian Henry D’Silva.

9 March – Super Taikyu: The STO officially announces that the opening round of the 2020 Super Taikyu Series has been postponed from 21-22 March, to a provisional date of 21-22 November. The Suzuka Sound of Engine festival, scheduled for the fall of 2020, is cancelled.

2 March – Super Formula: The JRP announces that the first round at Suzuka Circuit has been postponed from 4-5 April, as well as the first official pre-season test that was scheduled for 9-10 April at Suzuka.

2 March – Super Taikyu: Confirming earlier speculation, the Super Taikyu Organisation (STO) announces that the first round of the 2020 season has been postponed to a new date in either November or December.

1 March – Super GT: Super GT’s first official pre-season test at Okayama International Circuit, to be held from 14-15 March, will take place as scheduled, but without spectators in attendance.

29 February – Super Taikyu: Super Taikyu’s pre-season test is held at Fuji Speedway. After the test, driver Dirk Müller of Mercedes-AMG Team HIRIX posts on social media that the start of the season will be delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

21 February – Super GT/Super Formula: The MO-SPO Festival 2020 at Suzuka Circuit, originally scheduled for 7-8 March, is cancelled. It is the first domestic event to be postponed or cancelled due to the spread of the novel Coronavirus outbreak.

2019 Super GT World Awards: GT500 Driver of the Year

Every year, the most oustanding GT500 driver in the Autobacs Super GT Series is honoured with the GT500 Driver of the Year Award, part of the 2019 Super GT World Awards.

We are honoured to announce the winner of the 2019 GT500 Driver of the Year.

Continue reading 2019 Super GT World Awards: GT500 Driver of the Year

2019 Super GT World Awards: Panel Selected Awards

Every year, Super GT World honours the finest individuals in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the annual Super GT World Awards.

This entry in Super GT World contains the winners of four of the panel-selected awards categories for 2019: The Clubman Driver of the Year Award, the International Driver of the Year Award, the Manager of the Year Award, and, the Shingo Tachi Memorial Award for the Rookie of the Year.

Continue reading 2019 Super GT World Awards: Panel Selected Awards

Super GT Stat Blast: Suzuka Circuit

Suzuka Circuit Facts

Located in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan
Opened in September 1962
Modified in 1983 and again in 2003
Owned by Honda Motor Company/Mobilityland Corporation and designed by John Hugenholtz

Track Length: 5.807 kilometers / 3.609 miles
Track Width: 10 – 16 meters
Elevation Change: 52 meters

First Super GT Championship Race (300km) held in 1995
Race Distance: 52 laps / 301.964 kilometers

  • Located 65 km southwest of the city of Nagoya
  • First hosted the Suzuka GT 300km Race on April 2, 1995
  • The Suzuka 1000km (Suzuka 10 Hours) was held as a Super GT championship round from 2006 to 2017
  • Host of the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix from 1987 to 2006 and 2009 to the present
  • Host of the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hour motorcycle endurance race
  • Oldest operating circuit on the Super GT calendar

Official Lap Records

GT500 – 1’44.319 – Tomoki Nojiri (2018)

This pole-winning lap time was less than a half-second slower than the outright official sports prototype lap record around Suzuka Circuit, set by a Peugeot 905 Evo 1B in 1992: 1’43.957. It would have been good enough to qualify 10th for the 1988 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, 20th in 1995.

GT300 – 1’55.351 – Yuichi Nakayama (2018)

This time, set in an FIA GT3 car in May 2018, was over 5 and a half seconds faster than Nick Foster’s pole-winning time for the Suzuka 10 Hours in August 2018, also in an FIA GT3 car (on control Pirelli tyres).


Suzuka GT 300km Race Winners, 1995-2010 & 2018-present

1995
GT500: #1 Calsonic Nissan Skyline GT-R (Masahiko Kageyama) [BS]
GT300: #70 Team Gaikokuya Nissan Skyline GTS-R (Yoshimi Ishibashi / Kaoru Hoshino) [YH]

1996
GT500: #60 Team Lark McLaren F1 GTR (Naoki Hattori / Ralf Schumacher) [BS]
GT300: #26 Taisan Porsche 911 RSR (Keiichi Suzuki / Morio Nitta) [YH]

1997
GT500: #2 Zexel Nissan Skyline GT-R (Aguri Suzuki / Érik Comas) [BS]
GT300: #19 RS-R Nissan Silvia S14 (Manabu Orido / Hideo Fukuyama) [YH]

1998
GT500: #23 Pennzoil NISMO Skyline GT-R (Masami Kageyama / Érik Comas) [BS]
GT300: #25 Tsuchiya Engineering Toyota MR2 (Keiichi Suzuki / Shingo Tachi) [YH]

1999
GT500: #18 Takata Dome Honda NSX (Katsutomo Kaneishi / Juichi Wakisaka) [BS]
GT300: #19 WedsSport Toyota Celica (Manabu Orido / Takahiko Hara) [YH]

2000
GT500: #64 Mobil 1 Honda NSX (Daisuke Ito / Dominik Schwager) [BS]
GT300: #31 Super Autobacs A’PEX Toyota MR-S (Morio Nitta / Shinichi Takagi) [YH]

2001
GT500: #8 ARTA Honda NSX (Keiichi Tsuchiya / Katsutomo Kaneishi) [BS]
GT300: #86 Project Mu/Esperia Toyota MR-S (Masaoki Nagashima / Koji Matsuda) [DL]

2002
GT500: #64 Mobil 1 Honda NSX (Tsugio Matsuda / Ralph Firman) [BS]
GT300: #81 Daishin Advan Nissan Silvia S15 (Noboyuki Oyagi / Takayuki Aoki) [YH]

2003
GT500: #12 Calsonic Impul Nissan Fairlady Z33 (Benoît Tréluyer / Yuji Ide) [BS]
GT300: #19 WedsSport Toyota Celica (Takayuki Aoki / Minoru Tanaka) [YH]

2004
GT500: #12 Calsonic Impul Nissan Fairlady Z33 (Benoît Tréluyer / Yuji Ide [BS]
GT300: #16 M-TEC Honda NSX (Tetsuya Yamano / Hiroyuki Yagi) [DL]

2005
GT500: #38 ZENT Cerumo Toyota Supra (Yuji Tachikawa / Toranosuke Takagi) [BS]
GT300: #11 JIM Gainer Dunlop Ferrari F360 (Tetsuya Tanaka / Paolo Montin) [DL]

2006
GT500: #36 Open Interface TOM’s Lexus SC430 (Juichi Wakisaka / André Lotterer) [BS]
GT300: #88 Akito JLOC Lamborghini Murcielago RG-1 (Marco Apicella / Yasutaka Hinoi) [YH]

2007
GT500: #38 ZENT Cerumo Lexus SC430 (Yuji Tachikawa / Toranosuke Takagi) [BS]
GT300: #13 Endless Sports Nissan Fairlady Z33 (Masami Kageyama / Tomonobu Fujii) [YH]

2008
GT500: #23 Xanavi NISMO Nissan GT-R (Satoshi Motoyama / Benoît Tréluyer) [BS]
GT300: #7 ORC Amemiya Mazda RX-7 (Hiroyuki Iiri / Ryo Orime) [YH]

2009
GT500: #38 ZENT Cerumo Lexus SC430 (Yuji Tachikawa / Richard Lyons) [BS]
GT300: #33 Hankook Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Mitsuhiro Kinoshita / Masami Kageyama) [HK]

2010
GT500: #24 HIS Advan Kondo Nissan GT-R (Hironobu Yasuda / João Paulo de Oliveira) [YH]
GT300: #7 M7 RE Amemiya Mazda RX-7 (Nobuteru Taniguchi/Ryo Orime) [YH]

2018
GT500: #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT (Tomoki Nojiri / Takuya Izawa) [BS]
GT300: #96 K-Tunes Lexus RC F GT3 (Morio Nitta / Yuichi Nakayama) [BS]


Suzuka 1000km Race Winners, 2006-2017

2006
GT500: #12 Calsonic Impul Nissan Fairlady Z33 (Benoît Tréluyer / Kazuki Hoshino / Jérémie Dufour) [BS]
GT300: #52 Project mu Taiyo Kumho Toyota Celica (Hironori Takeuchi / Koki Saga / Keita Sawa) [KH]

2007
GT500: #1 Houzan TOM’s Lexus SC430 (Juichi Wakisaka / André Lotterer / Oliver Jarvis*) [BS]
GT300: #2 Priveé Zurich Mooncraft Shiden MC16 (Kazuho Takahashi / Hiroki Katoh / Hiroki Yoshimoto) [YH]

2008
GT500: #12 Calsonic Impul Nissan GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda / Sébastien Philippe) [BS]
GT300: #46 MOLA Leopalace Nissan Fairlady Z33 (Kazuki Hoshino / Hironobu Yasuda) [MI]

2009
GT500: #35 Team Kraft Lexus SC430 (Hiroaki Ishiura / Kazuya Oshima) [BS]
GT300: #46 S Road MOLA Nissan Fairlady Z33 (Kazuki Hoshino / Masataka Yanagida) [YH]

2010
GT500: #8 ARTA Honda HSV-010 (Ralph Firman / Yuji Ide / Takashi Kobayashi*) [BS]
GT300: #62 R&D Sport Subaru Legacy B4 (Tetsuya Yamano / Kota Sasaki) [YH]

2011
GT500: #1 Weider Honda HSV-010 (Takashi Kogure / Loïc Duval) [BS]
GT300: #62 R&D Sport Subaru Legacy B4 (Tetsuya Yamano / Kota Sasaki) [YH]

2012
GT500: #1 S Road Reito MOLA Nissan GT-R (Masataka Yanagida / Ronnie Quintarelli) [MI]
GT300: #66 triple a Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 (Kazuki Hoshino / Hiroki Yoshimoto / Hiroki Yoshida*) [YH]

2013
GT500: #18 Weider Modulo Honda HSV-010 (Naoki Yamamoto / Frédéric Makowiecki) [MI]
GT300: #61 Subaru BRZ R&D Sport (Tetsuya Yamano / Kota Sasaki / Takuto Iguchi) [MI]

2014
GT500: #36 Petronas TOM’s Lexus RC F (Kazuki Nakajima / James Rossiter) [BS]
GT300: #60 TWS LM Corsa BMW Z4 GT3 (Akira Iida / Hiroki Yoshimoto / Shinya Sato*) [YH]

2015
GT500: #36 Petronas TOM’s Lexus RC F (Daisuke Ito / James Rossiter) [BS]
GT300: #10 Gainer TanaX Nissan GT-R GT3 (André Couto / Katsumasa Chiyo / Ryuichiro Tomita) [DL]

2016
GT500: #38 ZENT Cerumo Lexus RC F (Yuji Tachikawa / Hiroaki Ishiura) [BS]
GT300: #61 Subaru BRZ R&D Sport (Takuto Iguchi / Hideki Yamauchi) [YH]

2017
GT500: #64 Epson Modulo Honda NSX-GT (Bertrand Baguette / Kosuke Matsuura) [DL]
GT300: #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Haruki Kurosawa / Naoya Gamou) [BS]

*driver was entered, but did not complete a racing lap and was not awarded championship points


Wins by Manufacturer, 1995-Present

GT500
Nissan – 10
Honda – 9
Toyota/Lexus – 9
McLaren – 1

GT300
Nissan – 7
Toyota – 6
Subaru – 4
Mazda – 2
Porsche – 2
Aston Martin – 1
BMW – 1
Ferrari – 1
Honda – 1
Lamborghini – 1
Lexus – 1
Mercedes-Benz – 1
Mooncraft Engineering – 1


Wins by Team, 1995-Present

GT500
Team Impul / Hoshino Racing – 5
Lexus Team Cerumo – 4
Lexus Team TOM’s – 4
Autobacs Racing Team Aguri – 3
Dome Racing – 3
Nakajima Racing – 3
NISMO – 3
Team Goh – 1
Kondo Racing – 1
Lexus Team Kraft – 1
MOLA International – 1

GT300
R&D Sport – 4
Racing Project Bandoh – 3
Gainer – 2
LM Corsa – 2
MOLA International – 2
RE Amemiya – 2
Team Taisan – 2
A’PEX Racing / apr Racing – 1
Toyota Team Cerumo – 1
Team Daishin – 1
Endless Sports – 1
Hankook KTR – 1
Team JLOC – 1
Toyota Team Kraft – 1
K-Tunes Racing – 1
M-TEC / Team Mugen – 1
Team GAikokuya – 1
Team SHIFT – 1
triple a Racing – 1
Tsuchiya Engineering – 1


Wins by Driver, 1995-present

GT500
Yuji Tachikawa – 4
Benoît Tréluyer – 4
Yuji Ide – 3
Juichi Wakisaka – 3
Érik Comas – 2
Ralph Firman – 2
Hiroaki Ishiura – 2
Daisuke Ito – 2
Katsutomo Kaneishi – 2
André Lotterer – 2
Tsugio Matsuda – 2
James Rossiter – 2
Toranosuke Takagi – 2

GT300
Tetsuya Yamano – 4
Kazuki Hoshino – 3
Morio Nitta – 3
Kota Sasaki – 3
Hiroki Yoshimoto – 3
Takayuki Aoki – 2
Takuto Iguchi – 2
Masami Kageyama – 2
Manabu Orido – 2
Ryo Orime – 2
Keiichi Suzuki – 2


Wins by Tyre Manufacturer, 1995-present

GT500
Bridgestone – 25
Michelin – 2
Yokohama – 1
Dunlop – 1

GT300
Yokohama – 19
Dunlop – 4
Bridgestone – 2
Michelin – 2
Hankook – 1
Kumho – 1


Landmark Suzuka GT 300km Races (1995-2010, 2018-present)

  • 1995: In the first Super GT race at Suzuka Circuit, Nissan scores a 1-2 finish led by the Calsonic Skyline GT-R of Masahiko Kageyama.
  • 1996: The McLaren F1 GTR wins its debut GT500 race in a 1-2 led by Naoki Hattori and rookie Ralf Schumacher.
  • 1997: Aguri Suzuki and Érik Comas become the first combination of former F1 drivers to win a Super GT race, driving for NISMO.
  • 1999: A wet race sees the first Super GT victories for Katsutomo Kaneishi and Juichi Wakisaka in their Takata Dome NSX.
  • 2000: The Suzuka 300km moves to the end of the season. Masahiro Hasemi and Masanori Sekiya drive their final races, and Honda clinches their first GT500 title for the #16 Castrol Mugen NSX of Ryo Michigami, Hidetoshi Mitsusada, and Osamu Nakako.
  • 2001: A popular victory for Keiichi Tsuchiya in the ARTA NSX puts the Drift King as close as he’d ever come to winning the GT500 title.
  • 2002: Tsugio Matsuda and Ralph Firman win their third race of the season for Nakajima Racing, but 3rd for Akira Iida and Juichi Wakisaka gives Toyota Team LeMans the championship.
  • 2003: Satoshi Motoyama becomes only the second driver to be crowned “Double Champion” in Japan with a third-place finish alongside Michael Krumm. Keiichi Tsuchiya drives his final race.
  • 2004: One year after Motoyama, Richard Lyons, his new co-driver for 2004, becomes the third Japanese “Double Champion” – as Motoyama wraps up back-to-back titles in the Nissan Z’s first GT500 campaign.
  • 2005: From 14 points back, Yuji Tachikawa and Toranosuke Takagi win in torrential downpour to win the GT500 Championship in the very last round for Toyota Team Cerumo – the Supra’s last GT500 victory.
  • 2006: The Suzuka 300km moves back to the start of the season, and the new Lexus SC430 wins its debut race. Team JLOC win their first race in 13 seasons in GT300.
  • 2008: The Nissan GT-R R35s take a 1-2 finish in their debut race in GT500.
  • 2010: In the last 300km race at Suzuka until 2010, Kondo Racing’s fuel-only pit stop pays off with a win, in a race where three new Honda HSV-010s crash in unison at their home race.
  • 2018: The revival of the Suzuka 300km sees ARTA and Team Kunimitsu battle to the victory in GT500, with ARTA winning via Tomoki Nojiri and Takuya Izawa.