2018 Super GT Hot Stove League: The First Glimpse

DISCLAIMER: All of the information is compiled from reputable sources, however, all possible scenarios must be considered speculation unless confirmed by any team, driver, or manufacturer discussed therein.

Racing fans call it Silly Season. Baseball types call it the Hot Stove. Either way, with the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series completed, and preparations beginning for the 2018 season, there is a constant thread that applies to all form of motorsport – that change is inevitable, and that change will happen over the next few months.

The GT500 category is already one of the most competitive classes of racing on earth, and with an influx of potential free agents from outside the series, as well as young stars of the future ready to take their place in the top level of Super GT, the 2017-18 Stove League promises to be one of intrigue.

With the help of the most recent issue of auto sport Magazine of Japan (volume 1470, released on Friday), Super GT World runs down the potential scenarios for Lexus, Honda, and Nissan in the 2018 season to come.

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Super GT honours its Heroes in Tokyo awards ceremony

On Friday, the GT Association (GTA) held the third annual Super GT Heroes show from the Westin Hotel Tokyo, a postseason awards banquet to commemorate the accomplishments of the teams and drivers in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series.

The awards kept coming in for GT500 Drivers’ Champions Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, GT300 Drivers’ Champions Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka, and the Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s and Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO squads as they were presented with their official championship trophies from the GT Association.

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2018 Super GT calendar revised, new date for Autopolis

On December 1, the GT Association (GTA) announced a revision to the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series calendar, which was originally released on July 28.

The revision is to the date of the Super GT in Kyushu 300km, the penultimate round of the season held at Autopolis circuit in Oita Prefecture, which has been moved forward one week from October 20-21 to October 13-14 to avoid a clash of dates with the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Fuji.

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Honda Racing Thanks Day returns to Motegi this weekend

The second of the big three manufacturer fan festivals in Japan is the Honda Racing Thanks Day, which will be held this weekend, on 3 December, at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Honda’s top stars from the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Japanese Super Formula Championship will be joined by top Honda riders from MotoGP and the world of Superbike racing, Formula 1 drivers Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne, WTCC drivers including Super GT legend Ryo Michigami, and the star of the show – Indianapolis 500 winner, Takuma Sato.

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