Category Archives: Rumours

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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Dome Racing rumoured to make GT500 comeback with Honda

Issue number 1451 of auto sport Magazine will be released on Friday, March 3, primarily featuring the 2017 Formula 1 car launches and pre-season testing – but the latest issue of the magazine will also feature a story on the potential for a GT500 return for one of Super GT’s most successful teams.

Two-time GT500 champion team and celebrated racing constructor, Dome, are planning to return to the premier class of Super GT next season, either as a sixth team for Honda or a replacement to an existing team in the fleet.

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January 2017 GT300 Silly Season Update 2: Moving Pieces

On Thursday, AUTOSPORTweb published an updated version of the auto sport Magazine Vol. 1447 GT300 off-season update chart, detailing the rumoured 2017 entry list for the Autobacs Super GT Series’ GT300 category.

In the two weeks since that original update, four teams’ entries were made official during the Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 weekend – including the debut of Saitama Toyopet GreenBrave, an all-new driver lineup for Gulf Racing with Pacific, and K2 R&D LEON Racing selecting a new tyre supplier in Bridgestone – along with confirmation of Subaru and R&D Sport’s factory racing plans.

And as Ryuji Hirano of AUTOSPORTweb details, the record grid of 31 entries in this year’s GT300 class is starting to take shape – but there are some major driver moves in the works.

As always, be sure to keep in mind that the rumours disclosed in this piece are not confirmed, except when stated otherwise.

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