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Letter From The Editor: A Happy New Year to All!

Dear reader,

Thank you for making 2018 really, really, awesome both as a writer, and most importantly, as a fan. Chances are then, if you’re reading this, you’ve helped make this past year really rewarding.

Between this blog, contributions to, and work on SNS, we’ve covered hours upon hours of racing. All eight rounds of the Autobacs Super GT Series – even when traveling on the weekend of the opening round at Okayama International Circuit, including pre-season testing and driver transactions. All six rounds of the Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, including the inaugural Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours. The inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours. Most of the Japanese Super Formula Championship, All-Japan Formula Three Championship, and other events in Japan.

There’s many people I need to thank for making the year really fantastic, of course.

Jens, known to the world as Geinou, of helped to cover for me during my travels over the Okayama round, and still is the person who inspired me to start this journey. If I were to ever trust anybody to take over this blog in my place, you would absolutely be #1 on the list.

Alex Sinclair, who if nothing else apart from being another awesome long-time supporter, dropped me a lifeline in the form of access to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s media site.

Graham Goodwin and Stephen Kilbey of DSC. Thank you Graham for bringing me on board for another year, your words of encouragement always mean the world. Same for Stephen, who I can’t thank enough for contributing nearly an hour of your time to the Motorsport 101 podcast in previewing the Le Mans 24 Hours in addition.

Cllr. Sam Collins, Rob Barff, and Leigh O’Gorman of Super GT on NISMO TV. Thanks for letting me contribute as the unofficial statistician during races. I hope I’ve been able to contribute in a positive manner to all the broadcasts, even if it’s from many miles away on a YouTube Live chat.

Hideto Yasuoka, gracious enough to lend me some time to interview you prior to the start of the 2018 season – a season that began with a first top-10 finish since 2014. We need to get in touch again. The same for every single other team and driver in the paddock who was nice enough to read our writings or share some tweet from us and leave us nice (or not nice!) feedback.

Even the new GT500 champion Jenson Button, which is something I couldn’t even fathom telling 10-year-old me when he was playing as a 20-year-old F1 rookie Button F1 Championship Season 2000 on the PS2!

Andre, Ryan, Adam, and the rest of the M101 crew who’s let me be part of their podcast for another year and been kind enough to listen to me go on and on about this at times on the actual podcast and the Discord server.

And every single fan around the world, I hope you’ve enjoyed every bit of this 2018 journey.

Admittedly, my harshest critic is always myself. I wish I’d been able to upkeep the WordPress blog a bit more in a healthy balance. I wish I’d have covered more of the single-seater action from Super Formula and JF3. I wish I’d have been able to get in contact with more drivers to talk to after interviewing Yasuoka-san. I wish I hadn’t fallen asleep through so so many qualifying sessions, certainly not out of boredom but out of fatigue when trying to maintain a 40-hour-a-week “real job” in addition to all this.

And, of course, I wish I’d have been able to cover one of these races in person – but that’s a goal that’s still within reach. The dream would be to get in the NISMO bunker to call a race, or even better still, go to one in person.

I really want to put forth the effort to being even better in 2019, and doing more, branching out to other SNS outlets, or even making video/audio content.

Anything to help bring Super GT, and also Super Taikyu, into the hearts and minds of more racing fans everywhere. I’d like to think that in the last two and a half years I’ve done an alright job of that already.

I hope I won’t ever let you all down, not in 2019, or into the future. ❤

Sincerely yours,

-R.J. O’Connell
Founder and editor, Super GT World

GT300 Hot Stove League Updates: The Ever-Rising Standard

The field in the Autobacs Super GT Series is starting to come together, following a raft of driver and team announcements during the Tokyo Auto Salon in January.

This edition of the Hot Stove League updates comes courtesy of the upcoming February 2nd issue of auto sport Magazine, with a focus on a GT300 field that projects to see thirty cars on the grid for 2018 – perhaps more – and also focuses on what the future brings for three GT500 drivers from 2017 who seem destined for a hard-luck relegation to what is, still, a very competitive GT300 category.

There will also be more shuffling within the ranks of the established GT300 players, as outlined in this latest batch of Silly Season rumours from the Japanese magazine.

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Happy 1-year anniversary!

Today, July 1, 2017, is Super GT World’s one-year anniversary. A project that started out of love that has become, really, one of the best things I’ve ever embarked on.

This time last year, I’d been thinking about doing something like this, but was never confident in my own ability to follow through with it to the level that I would want out of myself. I was, for all intents and purposes, very wayward and seeking direction not just as a writer, not just as a creative person, but as a human individual.

That I’ve been able to keep this up for a whole year is something that I’m proud of – and I thank each and every one of you for staying with us.

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Super GT x Le Mans 24 Hours Preview: The Grand Prix of Endurance

It is the greatest single prize in endurance racing: The 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the 85th running of the famous “Grand Prix of Endurance”, Le Mans will call 60 teams, representing four classes of cars, and 180 drivers of all skill levels and walks of life to take on its daunting challenge. It is one of the three recognized legs of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, with the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

A Le Mans victory can make a car and its pilots into immortals for all time, and it can literally dictate the future success of a proud auto maker. For the hundreds of thousands of spectators in attendance, it is more than just a race – it is an experience like no other. For the teams, the drivers, the manufacturers alike, it is the one race that stands out above all others.

They have summoned the best of the best to compete at Le Mans this year. Our focus is on the ten individuals in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans who have competed in the Autobacs Super GT Series. And to do that, we’ve enlisted the help of a friend and colleague who has been at Le Mans for testing, and the opening rounds of both the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series – deputy editor of DailySportsCar, and contributor to RACER Magazine, Stephen Kilbey.

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