Through six races of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R of the NISMO team now have an eleven-point lead in the GT500 Drivers’ Championship despite Nissan arguably having the least-effective car on the grid.
Drivers Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli have five straight top-five finishes and have yet to finish worse than seventh all season, with a 100 percent scoring rate through six races. As a result, there exists the possibility that NISMO can win their ninth GT500 championship – the third for Matsuda, and a record-extending fifth for Quintarelli – at the Chang Super GT Race in Buriram, Thailand. It would also make them the first driver combination to ever win three GT500 titles together.
We’ve lined out all the possibilities that can clinch the title with a round in hand for NISMO, a feat which has only been pulled off twice before in the history of GT500.
Continue reading Podium finish can clinch 9th title for NISMO
At the crossover point of being as far removed from the 46th and final International Suzuka 1000km as we are to the approach of the penultimate round of the Autobacs Super GT Series, it’s as good a time as any to look back on a landmark event for the series.
Emotional upset victories. Star-making performances. Instances of triumph and heartbreak. And the one-off arrival of a game-changing superstar. It was all on display three weeks ago at Suzuka.
Continue reading Unpacking the Final Suzuka 1000km
This is the final installment of the International Suzuka 1000km Hall of Fame, our look back at the champions of the Suzuka 1000km on the eve of its final running on August 27.
The GT500 class has been the premier category at the Suzuka 1000km ever since 1999, and Japan’s great race has been part of the Super GT championship for over a decade. Our final look focuses on the champions of this GT500 era.
Continue reading International Suzuka 1000km: Hall of Fame – 1999-2017
Welcome to the second installment of the International Suzuka 1000km Hall of Fame, a look back at the winners of Japan’s great race at Suzuka Circuit, in the build-up to the 46th and final running of the event.
This installment focuses on the overall winners from before the GT500 era, through the first 27 runnings of the event from 1966 to 1998 – a span of over 30 years that encompasses many landmark eras of endurance sports car racing, including the Group C sports prototypes that starred in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Continue reading International Suzuka 1000km: The Hall of Fame – 1966-1998