There is an update on the 2017-18 Super GT Hot Stove League, as it pertains to the Lexus GT500 fleet, which celebrated its successes in the Autobacs Super GT Series this Sunday at the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival at Fuji Speedway.
AUTOSPORTweb is reporting that Felix Rosenqvist, a star performer in the Japanese Super Formula Championship and FIA Formula E Championship, is now being linked to the Lexus GT500 stable as one of at least two, potentially three, new drivers to make the move to Super GT’s premier class – alongside top candidate Kamui Kobayashi and young Kenta Yamashita.
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Porsche’s two customer teams from the Autobacs Super GT Series, D’Station Racing, and Gulf Racing Japan, will enter the 2018 24 Hours of Dubai – the blue riband event of the 24H Series by Creventic – on January 11-13, 2018 at the Dubai Autodrome.
Both teams will enter the top-level A6 category for FIA GT3 cars, with D’Station Racing bringing the upgraded, 2018-spec Porsche 911 GT3-R on track for the first time in advance of their full-season campaigns in Japan.
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The biggest free agent signing in Autobacs Super GT Series history is now official.
2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button announced during a talk show event at the Honda Racing Thanks Day in Twin Ring Motegi that he will be racing in Super GT full-time with Honda in the GT500 class.
Button, a veteran of over 300 Formula 1 Grand Prix starts, made his Super GT debut with Team Mugen in the Suzuka 1000km – and has long had his sights on a full-time drive in the series ever since.
“It’s been a dream for the last couple of years, I love the category,” said Button of Super GT. “I did one race at Suzuka earlier in the year, and it got me very excited – I’m very excited about the new season!”
“There’s a lot of testing to be done – to feel comfortable (in the car), and to hopefully improve the package, and go out next year and be competitive.”
No announcement of a team or co-drivers was made, we can expect that information to be revealed by February, when Honda announces their 2018 motorsports activities.
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.
Continue reading 2018 Super GT Hot Stove League: The First Glimpse