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2018 Super GT Hot Stove League: The First Glimpse

DISCLAIMER: All of the information is compiled from reputable sources, however, all possible scenarios must be considered speculation unless confirmed by any team, driver, or manufacturer discussed therein.

Racing fans call it Silly Season. Baseball types call it the Hot Stove. Either way, with the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series completed, and preparations beginning for the 2018 season, there is a constant thread that applies to all form of motorsport – that change is inevitable, and that change will happen over the next few months.

The GT500 category is already one of the most competitive classes of racing on earth, and with an influx of potential free agents from outside the series, as well as young stars of the future ready to take their place in the top level of Super GT, the 2017-18 Stove League promises to be one of intrigue.

With the help of the most recent issue of auto sport Magazine of Japan (volume 1470, released on Friday), Super GT World runs down the potential scenarios for Lexus, Honda, and Nissan in the 2018 season to come.

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Champions’ Reaction: Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s

At 23 years old each, Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy are already two of the best young drivers in international motorsport. And for both young men, it’s only the start of their own legendary careers.

Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s won the 2017 GT500 championships, the first title for the Lexus LC500 in its debut year, and the fourth for TOM’s – on the 20th anniversary of their first championship triumph. Hirakawa and Cassidy both take their places as the youngest premier class champions in Super GT history.

Here are the reactions from both drivers, and from team director Masanori Sekiya, after the team’s championship victory at Motegi.

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Champions’ Reaction: Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO

Ten years ago, what is now Goodsmile Racing began their racing journey in earnest as a privateer with a colourful anime-inspired “itasha” car, but little hope of realistic results.

In their tenth season, Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO have now won their third GT300 championship in the last seven years, putting the team and their drivers, Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka, into elite company. They may now well and truly be the greatest GT300 team of all time.

Here are the quotes from both drivers, and team director Ukyo Katayama, after the team’s landmark third championship win in Motegi.

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The Road to the Super GT Championships

For either the twenty-fourth or twenty-fifth time, depending on whether you consider 1993 or 1994 to be the first season of what is now Super GT, we are crowning a set of champions at the final round of the season at Twin Ring Motegi.

Five teams are still mathematically eligible to win the GT500 championship, and four teams are still eligible to win the GT300 championship, with just one race and a maximum of 21 points available at the Motegi GT Grand Final.

How can they win their respective class championships this coming Sunday at Motegi? Let’s go right into it.

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