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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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Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Super GT aces score Nürburgring 24H class podium

The 45th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours produced a gripping and memorable finish in the final half hour of the race on Sunday afternoon. As picture-perfect weather suddenly turned to heavy rain, a last-minute gamble to go to wet tyres proved to be the move to help Audi Sport Team Land take the overall victory in the most prestigious production-based endurance race on Earth.

Markus Winkelhock won his third N24H, the second for Christopher Mies, and the first for American Connor de Philippi and South African Kelvin van der Linde, aboard the #29 Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS, which scored Audi’s fourth overall victory in the race’s history.

In this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, there were also nearly twenty current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series taking part, and their results were headlined by a second-place finish in the SP3T class for the #170 Toyota Gazoo Racing Lexus RC coupe, piloted by reigning Suzuka 1000km winner Takuto Iguchi, reigning GT300 Drivers’ Champion Takuto Iguchi, and K2 LEON R&D Racing ace Naoya Gamou, with Hisashi Yabuki joining them.

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