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Super GT Silly Season Update: The 2019 GT300 Landscape

We are just days away from knowing the full GT500 grid in the Autobacs Super GT Series, which will include Nissan’s announcements on 9 February from Yokohama, and Toyota Motor Corporation’s announcements, which we are told will be on 7 January (thanks to @RJ_TGR on Twitter for the tip).

Now, it’s time to take a look at what the GT300 grid might look like come 2019. The staff at auto sport Web posted an update today, 5 February, which should appear in print form in the next issue of auto sport Magazine. There have already been some big announcements that will shake up the GT300 grid this season, and it’s safe to say that there may be some more big announcements in the days to come.

DISCLAIMER: All of the information in this article is speculative, and has not been confirmed by any of the manufacturers, drivers, or teams involved.

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Super GT Silly Season Update: Nissan and Lexus Spotlight

Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 has wrapped up, and we know who will race for Honda in the GT500 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series in the coming year.

Now the focus turns to the other two manufacturers in the GT500 class, and in February we will soon know who will race for Lexus and Nissan. This will be a quicker update than previous updates.

DISCLAIMER: All of the information in this article is speculative, and has not been confirmed by any of the manufacturers, drivers, or teams involved.

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Takashi Kogure: A Legend On the Crossroads

What comes next in the racing career of Takashi Kogure?

On Friday at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda presented their 2019 roster of drivers and riders for top-level Japanese motorsport – and with that announcement, Kogure was missing for the first time since 2003.

For the first time in over 15 years, the 38-year-old from Kanagawa, Japan will not represent Honda in either the GT500 class of Super GT, nor the Super Formula Championship. He is not the first veteran Super GT driver to step away this off-season, with João Paulo Lima de Oliveira leaving Nissan and Super GT after 13 seasons earlier this month, but like Oliveira, Kogure is seemingly ending a major chapter in his racing life – and now the question is where he’ll continue to race in 2019.

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Letter From The Editor: A Happy New Year to All!

Dear reader,

Thank you for making 2018 really, really, awesome both as a writer, and most importantly, as a fan. Chances are then, if you’re reading this, you’ve helped make this past year really rewarding.

Between this blog, contributions to DailySportsCar.com, and work on SNS, we’ve covered hours upon hours of racing. All eight rounds of the Autobacs Super GT Series – even when traveling on the weekend of the opening round at Okayama International Circuit, including pre-season testing and driver transactions. All six rounds of the Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, including the inaugural Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours. The inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours. Most of the Japanese Super Formula Championship, All-Japan Formula Three Championship, and other events in Japan.

There’s many people I need to thank for making the year really fantastic, of course.

Jens, known to the world as Geinou, of RacingBlog.de helped to cover for me during my travels over the Okayama round, and still is the person who inspired me to start this journey. If I were to ever trust anybody to take over this blog in my place, you would absolutely be #1 on the list.

Alex Sinclair, who if nothing else apart from being another awesome long-time supporter, dropped me a lifeline in the form of access to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s media site.

Graham Goodwin and Stephen Kilbey of DSC. Thank you Graham for bringing me on board for another year, your words of encouragement always mean the world. Same for Stephen, who I can’t thank enough for contributing nearly an hour of your time to the Motorsport 101 podcast in previewing the Le Mans 24 Hours in addition.

Cllr. Sam Collins, Rob Barff, and Leigh O’Gorman of Super GT on NISMO TV. Thanks for letting me contribute as the unofficial statistician during races. I hope I’ve been able to contribute in a positive manner to all the broadcasts, even if it’s from many miles away on a YouTube Live chat.

Hideto Yasuoka, gracious enough to lend me some time to interview you prior to the start of the 2018 season – a season that began with a first top-10 finish since 2014. We need to get in touch again. The same for every single other team and driver in the paddock who was nice enough to read our writings or share some tweet from us and leave us nice (or not nice!) feedback.

Even the new GT500 champion Jenson Button, which is something I couldn’t even fathom telling 10-year-old me when he was playing as a 20-year-old F1 rookie Button F1 Championship Season 2000 on the PS2!

Andre, Ryan, Adam, and the rest of the M101 crew who’s let me be part of their podcast for another year and been kind enough to listen to me go on and on about this at times on the actual podcast and the Discord server.

And every single fan around the world, I hope you’ve enjoyed every bit of this 2018 journey.

Admittedly, my harshest critic is always myself. I wish I’d been able to upkeep the WordPress blog a bit more in a healthy balance. I wish I’d have covered more of the single-seater action from Super Formula and JF3. I wish I’d have been able to get in contact with more drivers to talk to after interviewing Yasuoka-san. I wish I hadn’t fallen asleep through so so many qualifying sessions, certainly not out of boredom but out of fatigue when trying to maintain a 40-hour-a-week “real job” in addition to all this.

And, of course, I wish I’d have been able to cover one of these races in person – but that’s a goal that’s still within reach. The dream would be to get in the NISMO bunker to call a race, or even better still, go to one in person.

I really want to put forth the effort to being even better in 2019, and doing more, branching out to other SNS outlets, or even making video/audio content.

Anything to help bring Super GT, and also Super Taikyu, into the hearts and minds of more racing fans everywhere. I’d like to think that in the last two and a half years I’ve done an alright job of that already.

I hope I won’t ever let you all down, not in 2019, or into the future. ❤

Sincerely yours,

-R.J. O’Connell
Founder and editor, Super GT World