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Update: Motorsport TV Officially Offering Free-to-Air Coverage Of Super GT

Yesterday we reported that the Motorsport Network, via their Motorsport TV service, were in line to become the new official international broadcast partner of the Autobacs Super GT Series starting this Saturday with the Fuji GT 500km Race.

We are pleased to learn that Motorsport TV will provide live coverage of the Fuji 500km and the remainder of the 2019 Super GT season, free to all, starting this weekend – instead of placing the series behind Motorsport TV’s premium paywall.

This comes after a statement from Grand Central Entertainment, the producers of the Let’s Go Racing YouTube channel (formerly NISMO TV), stating that they had an unnamed company – which we now know is Motorsport Network – had aggressively bid for exclusive coverage on their platform while Grand Central had a deal in place with Haro Sports & Entertainment, the English-language broadcast distributors for Super GT.

DailySportsCar editor-in-chief Graham Goodwin reported shortly after that it was Motorsport Network who were the unnamed company mentioned by Grand Central/Let’s Go Racing, and it was believed that the series would be made available only to premium Motorsport TV subscribers at a monthly or annual rate.

But, in what we can assume is a response to intense demand from Super GT’s burgeoning international fanbase, every round of the 2019 season will be made available freely on Motorsport TV – a gesture of good faith that is seen as increasingly rare amidst the various criticisms of their ruthless strategy of acquiring various motorsport media outlets and image archives since 2015.

There will be no coverage of official practice and qualifying sessions for the Fuji 500km, however, just the race itself – it can be safely assumed this will continue throughout 2019.

The broadcast team for the English-language coverage of Super GT on Motorsport TV has not yet been confirmed, other than that Sam Collins and Rob Barff will not be a part of the team.

Motorsport Network Set To Acquire Exclusive Premium Broadcast Rights To Super GT

The Autobacs Super GT Series have reportedly found a new international broadcast partner for the remainder of the 2019 season. But there may yet be more acrimony even after the series’ blackout to open the 2019 season has come to an end.

DailySportsCar editor-in-chief Graham Goodwin is reporting that the Motorsport Network have made an aggressive bid to purchase exclusive live streaming rights for the remainder of the 2019 Super GT season, starting with this Saturday’s Fuji GT 500km Race, which will be shown on the premium Motorsport TV service.

Grand Central Entertainment, without directly naming Motorsport Network, revealed in a press release on their Let’s Go Racing YouTube channel that they had been frozen out of being able to provide a free-to-air stream on their own channel for the Fuji 500km and for the rest of the season.

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Super GT Silly Season Update: The 2019 GT300 Landscape

We are just days away from knowing the full GT500 grid in the Autobacs Super GT Series, which will include Nissan’s announcements on 9 February from Yokohama, and Toyota Motor Corporation’s announcements, which we are told will be on 7 January (thanks to @RJ_TGR on Twitter for the tip).

Now, it’s time to take a look at what the GT300 grid might look like come 2019. The staff at auto┬ásport Web posted an update today, 5 February, which should appear in print form in the next issue of auto┬ásport Magazine. There have already been some big announcements that will shake up the GT300 grid this season, and it’s safe to say that there may be some more big announcements in the days to come.

DISCLAIMER: All of the information in this article is speculative, and has not been confirmed by any of the manufacturers, drivers, or teams involved.

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Super GT Silly Season Update: Nissan and Lexus Spotlight

Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 has wrapped up, and we know who will race for Honda in the GT500 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series in the coming year.

Now the focus turns to the other two manufacturers in the GT500 class, and in February we will soon know who will race for Lexus and Nissan. This will be a quicker update than previous updates.

DISCLAIMER: All of the information in this article is speculative, and has not been confirmed by any of the manufacturers, drivers, or teams involved.

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