Super GT’s silly season, or “Hot Stove League”, is back. Most of the information in this piece comes from the latest issue of auto sport Magazine, volume 1495, available in digital format now and in print 14 December.
This edition breaks down the potential changes to the GT500 driver fleets for Honda, Toyota (Lexus), and Nissan as the 2019 season approaches.
DISCLAIMER: All of the information in this article is speculative, and has not been confirmed by any of the manufacturers, drivers, or teams involved.
Continue reading Super GT Hot Stove League: The November 30 Edition
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.
Continue reading Super Formula rookie Ticktum shares a road to redemption with legend Motoyama
Super GT World is proud to share an exclusive in-depth look into Team Mach’s #5 Mach Syaken Toyota MC86, which will compete in the GT300 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series with young drivers Natsu Sakaguchi and Yuya Hiraki.
The Dome-constructed Toyota 86 MC is already a potent challenger in the GT300 class, with its reliable 4.5 litre GTA V8 engine, state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque, and supreme downforce from the bodyshell constructed by Dome Racing.
But some of the Mach Syaken MC86’s improvements in the off-season may be the talk of the Super GT paddock this year – radical and controversial innovations that push the envelope of race car development! What is it that makes this car a potential title contender in 2018?
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: In-depth with Team Mach’s 2018 challenger!
The 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series’ GT500 class is headlined by the arrival of three world-renowned newcomers to the fastest GT racing category on earth: 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button, FIA World Endurance Championship superstar Kamui Kobayashi, and FIA Formula E Championship contender Felix Rosenqvist.
Button, Kobayashi, and Rosenqvist are all amazing additions to what is already one of the strongest sports car racing grids anywhere on the planet. But in the GT300 category, five more rookie drivers, all from very different racing backgrounds, will embark on their first full-time Super GT campaigns in 2018.
So, for now, and with all respect in the world to the GT500 rookie class who will be spotlighted later on – Super GT World wants to put Jenson Button, Kamui Kobayashi, and Felix Rosenqvist to the side for a brief moment to talk about the five intriguing rookie candidates who will be competing in the GT300 class in 2018.
Continue reading Get to know the 2018 Super GT Rookie Class (not named Jenson, Felix, or Kamui)