On Tuesday, Audi Team Hitotsuyama announced their participation plans for the upcoming 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, and also declared their entry into the 2018 Suzuka 10 Hours.
Following a dismal 2017 followup to their impressive 2016 season, Audi Team Hitotsuyama will once again re-tool their driver lineup around team leader Richard Lyons, who will now be joined by former Gainer driver Ryuichiro Tomita for the 2018 season.
Looking towards the future of Japanese motorsport, Audi Team Hitotsuyama have also drafted in 23-year-old FIA F4 graduate Takuro Shinohara as their third driver for the 2018 season, serving as an apprentice under the experienced duo of Lyons and Tomita.
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Kazuki Nakajima, Kamui Kobayashi, and Felix Rosenqvist are three of Lexus Gazoo Racing’s star drivers for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series. However, because all three drivers will have multiple commitments in the calendar year, all of them will miss at least one round of the Super GT season in 2018 – putting them at very slim odds to win the GT500 Drivers’ Championship.
It’s unfortunate – and it could have been a problem compounded if not for the recent date change of the penultimate round of the season at Autopolis – but it’s not unprecedented in the history of Super GT, as we examine the sagas of five noteworthy “uncrowned champions” in modern series history.
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With all of the GT500 teams and drivers confirmed for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, we can now account for 21 confirmed entries into the GT300 class for next year of an expected 30, with 19 of those teams having two confirmed drivers for this season.
But there are still many prolific teams who have yet to confirm their entries for the 2018 season, including last year’s GT300 championship runners-up at K2 R&D LEON Racing, and series stalwarts like Audi Team Hitotsuyama and Team JLOC.
From the pages of auto sport Magazine, Volume 1474 (which was released digitally this Friday), we can now ascertain what the rest of the grid might look like when it is announced in the weeks to come – with at least one team set to confirm its plans this coming week.
Continue reading Super GT Hot Stove League Update: The Last Pieces of the Puzzle
There’s a deal of respect that should be due to the gladiators of American stock car racing, and the very unique skill sets that it requires to be proficient as an oval-track driver, racing constantly in close quarters on ultra-technical short tracks and 300+ kilometer per hour superspeedways.
The biggest race of their season, the Daytona 500, starts this weekend – a perfect opportunity, then, for Super GT World to take a look back at three drivers who competed both in NASCAR and in Super GT – which includes one of the series’ all-time most popular drivers, and a two-time GT300 class champion.
Continue reading A look back at Super GT’s NASCAR Trio