If ARTA’s first season with BMW could be described in baseball terms, imagine them as the volatile power hitter who will either crush a ball 500 feet clear out of Koshien Stadium, or strike out on three pitches at the ankles.
They got a considerable amount of attention with a new title sponsor and the addition of a true rookie to the driver pairing, but the flagship number 36 TOM’s team were very quietly a top-five team in the 2016 GT500 Championship off of sheer consistency.
2016 was trash. Just straight up, burning, smelly, rotten trash.
Somehow, in a span of one year, we had a massive “rapture of the arts” as many beloved entertainers, artists, athletes all passed away, many before their time. The western world decided that prejudice-driven hyper-nationalism was the “it” thing to vote into power by the boatload. Atrocities around the world were ignored on a global scale, or at least quickly forgotten. Toyota lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the final ten minutes of the race. Awful stuff like that just happened on a day-to-day basis this year. It’s bad.
Even in Super GT, a series that often brings nothing but positives year after year, there were stories that developed in 2016 that we’d like to leave behind us going into the new year… Continue reading Five not-so-great stories of the 2016 Super GT season
The addition of one of the finest young racing drivers on the planet made NDDP Racing a force to be reckoned with once again in 2016.