Welcome to the second installment of the International Suzuka 1000km Hall of Fame, a look back at the winners of Japan’s great race at Suzuka Circuit, in the build-up to the 46th and final running of the event.
This installment focuses on the overall winners from before the GT500 era, through the first 27 runnings of the event from 1966 to 1998 – a span of over 30 years that encompasses many landmark eras of endurance sports car racing, including the Group C sports prototypes that starred in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Continue reading International Suzuka 1000km: The Hall of Fame – 1966-1998
Welcome to the first part of our multi-installment series – The International Suzuka 1000km Hall of Fame, a look back at the winners of Japan’s Great Race, on the eve of the 46th and final running of the Suzuka 1000km on August 27, 2017.
Our first installment covers the GT300 class, which has been a part of the Suzuka 1000km since 1999.
Continue reading International Suzuka 1000km: The Hall of Fame – GT300
It’s been six weeks since the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship was in action, and now the series will begin its push towards crowning a champion in this second half of the season, which begins with the fourth round at Twin Ring Motegi on August 20.
With four different winners through the first four races of the 2017 season, it’s shaping up to be another thrilling championship finale come October 22 at the JAF Grand Prix at Suzuka – and this round at Motegi will throw the teams a bit of a curveball this time out, as the series introduces the prime and option tyre dynamic for this and the following round at Autopolis on September 10.
Continue reading Road to the Super Formula Championship resumes at Motegi
The summer endurance race at Suzuka Circuit will change drastically from the final running of the Suzuka 1000km to next year’s inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours. However, one thing that isn’t changing from 2016 to 2017 are the pit stop regulations for Japan’s great race.
As was the case in 2016, each Super GT team in both GT500 and GT300 classes must make at least five pit stops for fuel and driver changes to comply with the race regulations. In the event of a delayed start or a premature red flag, the GT Association does reserve the right to reduce the number of mandatory pit stops through force majeure. There are no regulations on how many tyres a team can exchange during each stop.
Just as last year, each team will receive 12 sets of dry-weather tyres, and 14 sets of wet-weather tyres from their respective suppliers.
Unlike last year, however, GT500 teams in the higher end of the championship tables will be carrying three different stages of fuel flow restrictors – though with five mandatory pit stops required, they won’t be able to use the reduced fuel consumption to their advantage and make longer runs with fewer stops.