Category Archives: Rumours

Rosenqvist emerges as Lexus GT500 candidate

There is an update on the 2017-18 Super GT Hot Stove League, as it pertains to the Lexus GT500 fleet, which celebrated its successes in the Autobacs Super GT Series this Sunday at the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival at Fuji Speedway.

AUTOSPORTweb is reporting that Felix Rosenqvist, a star performer in the Japanese Super Formula Championship and FIA Formula E Championship, is now being linked to the Lexus GT500 stable as one of at least two, potentially three, new drivers to make the move to Super GT’s premier class – alongside top candidate Kamui Kobayashi and young Kenta Yamashita.

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Jenson Button edges closer to full-time Super GT drive in 2018

“It gave me my love of motorsport back,” were the words of former Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion Jenson Button when reflecting upon his Autobacs Super GT Series debut at this year’s Suzuka 1000km.

Now, it seems as if there’s more to come from the 2009 World Champion, who in recent interviews has said that he will be racing in Japan next year – specifically, it is very highly likely that Button will commit full-time to the GT500 class in 2018.

The only other question, is to which of the big three manufacturers will Button be headed in 2018 – will it be with Honda, or will it be with Nissan?

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Pipo Derani looking at GT500 future in Super GT

You’ll never know who might turn up at an Autobacs Super GT Series race! And when its one of the brightest young stars in international motorsport, their attendance will undoubtedly capture the attention of a few people in the paddock.

Enter Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani, factory Ford GT racing driver and former winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring (as well as a friend of Super GT World). At just 23 years of age, Derani has exploded into the forefront as one of endurance racing’s top stars in both prototypes and GT racing, a driver with tremendous upside for the future.

Derani is at Sugo this weekend as a spectator, but in an interview with AUTOSPORTweb head contributor Ryuji Hirano, he said in no uncertain terms that his goal is to land a factory drive in the premier GT500 category – perhaps as soon as 2018.

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A first look at the 2018 Nissan GT-R GT3

On April 11 and 12th, Nissan and NISMO put their new 2018 Nissan GT-R GT3 to its paces over two days of testing at Fuji Speedway.

Two weeks later, the latest iteration of Nissan’s GT3 challenger finally broke cover, and man, it looks nice, and it’ll be coming to the GT300 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series next season.

The two days of testing drew plenty of positive feedback from test drivers Michael Krumm, Masataka Yanagida, and Mitsunori Takaboshi – but what’s really fascinating is what may or may not be under the bonnet of the new GT-R GT3.

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