TCR, FIA GT4 categories added to Super Taikyu in 2017

The Super Taikyu Endurance Series will welcome two new types of vehicle for the 2017 season, as the TCR touring car and FIA GT4 categories will be added as part of their own classes of competition beginning next season.

The announcement was made on Friday, during Super Taikyu’s 2016 prize-giving event. The two fastest-growing groups of customer car racing will make their debut in 2017, with TCR vehicles participating in the new “ST-R” class, and FIA GT4 cars running in the new “ST-Z” class, which will be slotted in between the top-level ST-X Class for FIA GT3 cars, and the ST-1 class for cars with 3500 cc of engine displacement and up.

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Subaru confirms 2017 Super GT entry with Iguchi, Yamauchi

Subaru announced their 2017 global motorsports programme at the Tokyo Auto Salon, which included the confirmation of their factory-run entry in the GT300 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series with R&D Sport.

For the third year in a row, the Subaru BRZ R&D Sport GT300 will be piloted by the young duo of Takuto Iguchi and Hideki Yamauchi, and will ride on Dunlop tyres as the team seeks to improve upon their 2016 results.

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Saitama Toyopet GreenBrave confirm 2017 Super GT entry

After months of speculation, Saitama Toyopet GreenBrave, the racing wing of one of the largest network of Toyota dealerships in Japan, confirmed their maiden entry into the GT300 class of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, with their all-new Toyota Mark X based on the Mother Chassis platform.

The #52 GreenBrave Mark X MC, developed in-house by Saitama Toyopet, will be piloted by series newcomer Takayuki Hiranuma, and former GT300 champion Taku Bamba, who returns to Super GT racing after nearly a five-year absence.

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Honda completes 2017 Super GT entry

Honda Racing announced their full five-car entry into the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series at a Friday morning press conference at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon, confirming the driver lineups for three teams: Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA), Real Racing, and Team Kunimitsu.

Their announcement comes just short of a month after Honda announced the first part of their GT500 entry, headlined by the return of Team Mugen to the top class, as well as the re-tooled driver lineup at Nakajima Racing.

Friday’s press conference only confirmed one additional change from the 2016 season, as Takashi Kobayashi will return to racing in GT500 for the first time since 2012, in the #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT.

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