The second installment of our preview of the Fuji GT 300km Race, the fourth race (officially the fifth round) of the Autobacs Super GT Series, takes a look at the GT300 field – where the balance of power in the ongoing FIA GT3 vs JAF-GT300 feud shifts back into the favor of the European-inspired machines. At least, on paper it should.
There’s no denying that Fuji’s long front straightaway really favors the higher horsepower output of the GT3 cars, but sometimes crazy things can happen that can put the JAF-GT cars at the front of the field. The split between the two sub-classes is only 4-3 in favor of the GT3 cars. And with the GT300 Championship picture still yet to fully develop, who stands out as a threat to win at Fuji Speedway?
Continue reading Fuji GT 300km Race Preview: GT300 – The power is back
The latest issue of auto sport Magazine comes out in Japan on August 5. The cover features the race-winning car from Sportsland Sugo, the #24 Forum Engineering Nissan GT-R, in their breakdown of last week’s race.
It also features a “Super Spy Scoop” segment covering rumours from many different racing series. There’s two in particular in GT500, one covering what is now the worst-kept secret in Super GT, the Lexus LC GT500, and another involving Red Bull as a GT500 team sponsor.
Continue reading Double-barrel Rumours: Lexus LC and Red Bull
Round five, the fourth race of the 2016 Autobacs Super GT Series, sees the series return to Fuji Speedway for the traditional second of two races at the foot of Mount Fuji – the 300 kilometer race that usually comes some time after the Golden Week holiday classic, the Fuji 500km. It’s the second leg of the crucial Summer Series – and the way it’s lined up, it could be another great victory for Nissan in the GT500 class.
Nissan, who’ve now won an unprecedented three straight races to open 2016, enter this second race at Fuji with tons of confidence – as they should. Four of the last five races at Fuji Speedway were won by Nissan GT-Rs. But after just losing out on a victory at Sugo two weeks ago, Lexus are not going to want to let Nissan romp to another win. Not at their home circuit.
Continue reading Fuji GT 300km Race Preview: GT500 – Can Nissan’s Fuji dominance continue?
Rowe Racing took the victory at this year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, winning after a sudden downpour of heavy rain dramatically altered the running order with just thirty minutes to go. Their BMW M6 GT3 piloted by Maxime Martin, Alexander Sims, and Philipp Eng took BMW’s second straight victory at the famous race.
It was a race that also featured a small handful of Super GT drivers, past and present – headlined by Belgium’s Bertrand Baguette, who traded in his white and blue EPSON Nakajima Racing colours for Audi black and red – and finished a solid eighth overall in the 68th running of the Spa 24 Hours. Continue reading Baguette scores top ten finish at Spa 24 Hours