2019-20 Super GT Stove League: Seasons Greetings!

Happy holidays from Super GT World! While you’re enjoying time with family and friends, we’ve put together another Super GT Stove League update, aggregated from the pages of the latest issue of auto sport Magazine, Volume N° 1522, published digitally this week.

Naturally, this is a followup to the previous update – and gives us a clearer picture of what to expect as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan prepare to unveil their roster of GT500 teams and drivers in advance of the 2020 season, the first under the true Class 1 regulations.

As a standard disclaimer, it should be stated up front that all information contained in this post – while compiled from reputable sources that have connections with the manufacturers involved – is not confirmed as of yet until they are announced by the manufacturers, teams, and drivers involved.

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2019-20 Super GT Stove League: First Strike

It’s that time of year again in the Japanese auto racing season. The cars themselves are silent, but the discussion of the 2020 Autobacs Super GT Series to come is anything but. Welcome to another round of the domestic racing Stove League, the “Silly Season” by another name, the winter period where the pieces of the puzzle that is the 2020 Super GT field start to take shape.

Baseball’s own Stove League is already at full burn, where teams negotiate trades and attempt to sign high-dollar free agents. After battling for Major League Baseball’s World Series, ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg just signed a record-breaking deal to remain with the championship-winning Washington Nationals. Days later, his rival from the Houston Astros, Gerrit Cole, eclipsed Strasbourg’s deal with his own record-setting contract upon joining the New York Yankees.

In Super GT, the money is never a talking point, rather the arrangement of the teams and drivers representing the big three manufacturers in GT500: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Drivers changing teams, young drivers stepping up from GT300 or stepping in from elsewhere, and old veterans fighting to keep their places in the most competitive class in sports car racing.

Using the information from the latest issue of auto sport Magazine (Volume 1521: “Solving the Mystery of 51 Seats”), as well as the reporting from Motorsport.com contributors such as Jamie Klein, here is Super GT World’s guide to how the GT500 field might look in 2020 – and it starts with the biggest story of the off-season to date.

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2019 Motegi GT 250km Race: Weekend Schedule

Just one race remains in the Super GT season. Three teams still have a chance at the GT500 Championships. Four teams in GT300 still have a shot to win the title. It’s a chance as well to bid farewell to Jenson Button as the 2018 GT500 Champion bows out of the championship.

Here’s a look at the schedule for this final weekend of the 2019 Autobacs Super GT Series.


MOTEGI GT 250KM RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

all times JST (UTC +9)

Saturday, 2 November 2019

8:50 AM – 10:35 AM: Official Practice (1 hour 45 minutes)
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM: GT300 Qualifying 1 (15 minutes)
2:20 PM – 2:35 PM: GT500 Qualifying 1 (15 minutes)
2:45 PM – 2:55 PM: GT300 Qualifying 2 (10 minutes)
3:03 PM – 3:13 PM: GT500 Qualifying 2 (10 minutes)

Sunday, 3 November 2019

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Motegi GT 250km Race (53 laps)


This weekend will also see the final two rounds of the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, Saturday at 1:05 PM JST, and Sunday at 8:15 AM JST. Honda prodigy Ren Sato has already wrapped up the championship and is on a six-race winning streak, while 2nd in the championship is still up for grabs!

Here is the schedule converted into eight different time zones for eight key regions across Continental Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Oceanic:

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2019 Fuji GT 500 Mile Race: Weekend Schedule

This weekend is the longest, and most demanding challenge of the Super GT Series. In the long, hot days of summer, it’s the fifth round of the 2019 season, the 17th running of the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race – the new endurance tradition of Super GT!

Here’s a look at the schedule for the weekend ahead:


FUJI GT 500 MILE RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

all times JST (UTC +9)

Saturday, 3 August 2019

8:50 AM – 10:35 AM: Official Practice (1 hour 45 minutes)
2:50 PM – 3:05 PM: GT300 Qualifying 1 (15 minutes)
3:10 PM – 3:25 PM: GT500 Qualifying 1 (15 minutes)
3:35 PM – 3:45 PM: GT300 Qualifying 2 (10 minutes)
3:53 PM – 4:03 PM: GT500 Qualifying 2 (10 minutes)

Sunday, 4 August 2019

11:55 AM – 12:15 PM: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
1:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Fuji GT 500 Mile Race (177 laps)


The full support ticket is on offer for the Fuji 500 Miles as well: Rounds 7 and 8 of the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, Saturday at 1:45 PM and Sunday at 8:00 AM JST. Plus, Rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan – Saturday at 4:35 PM and Sunday at 9:15 AM JST.

Here is the schedule converted into eight different time zones for eight key regions across Continental Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Oceanic:

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