2016 Super GT World Awards: Shingo Tachi Memorial Award

The 2016 Super GT World Awards recognize the most outstanding individuals from the 2016 Autobacs Super GT Series.

To honour the most outstanding first-year driver in all of Super GT, the best rookie driver will be presented with the Shingo Tachi Memorial Award. There is no more fitting namesake than Tachi (1977 – 1999), who in his debut season in 1998, set a number of landmark records as a rookie – winning the GT300 Drivers’ Championship alongside Keiichi Suzuki with a record five wins, 106 points, and becoming the youngest champion in series history at the time.

When Tachi died in a testing accident on March 11, 1999, just weeks before his GT500 debut, the motorsport world lost one of its most promising young superstars. His memory carries on as the namesake to our prize for the driver who immediately set the benchmark of excellence upon their arrival.

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2016 Super GT World Awards: Shinichi Yamaji Memorial Award

The 2016 Super GT World Awards recognize the most outstanding individuals from the 2016 Autobacs Super GT Series.

The Shinichi Yamaji Memorial Award is presented to the driver, team, or other individual who best demonstrates the spirit of competition, through their work at the racing circuit, and away from it, through perseverance, sportsmanship, and courage – they embody the positive attributes of Super GT racing.

These attributes defined the life and racing career of the late Shinichi Yamaji (1964 – 2014), an eighteen-year Super GT veteran, and a race winner in both GT500 and GT300 categories. Yamaji is best remembered for an incredible act of heroism on May 4, 1998, when he saved the life of fellow driver Tetsuya Ota after a horrific accident at Fuji Speedway.

In 2016, there was one unanimous choice for this award, one individual who best defined the spirit of competition in Super GT.

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Sportsland Sugo’s iconic final corner renovated ahead of 2017 season

One of the most iconic and treacherous corners in Japanese motorsport is getting some slight renovations ahead of the 2017 racing season.

Recent photos surfaced of the newly-reprofiled 110R corner at Sportsland Sugo in Murata, Miyagi Prefecture, which will have an expanded section of tarmac runoff.

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January GT500 Silly Season Update: MOLA evaluating Dunlop switch

With the 2017 lineup of GT500 teams and drivers set to be confirmed for the upcoming Autobacs Super GT Series, we have a clearer understanding of what the teams and driver combinations may look like next season.

The latest updates come courtesy of the January 6, 2017 issue of auto sport Magazine. Two teams have already confirmed their 2017 entries, Team Mugen and Nakajima Racing. So where does the rest of the grid stand?

auto sport can confirm that many of the teams are set in stone for 2017, pending official confirmation – but the biggest new development since December is a potential major shift in Super GT’s tyre war, with MOLA International debating a switch to Dunlop tyres in 2017.

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