On Tuesday, Audi Team Hitotsuyama announced their participation plans for the upcoming 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, and also declared their entry into the 2018 Suzuka 10 Hours.
Following a dismal 2017 followup to their impressive 2016 season, Audi Team Hitotsuyama will once again re-tool their driver lineup around team leader Richard Lyons, who will now be joined by former Gainer driver Ryuichiro Tomita for the 2018 season.
Looking towards the future of Japanese motorsport, Audi Team Hitotsuyama have also drafted in 23-year-old FIA F4 graduate Takuro Shinohara as their third driver for the 2018 season, serving as an apprentice under the experienced duo of Lyons and Tomita.
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With all of the GT500 teams and drivers confirmed for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, we can now account for 21 confirmed entries into the GT300 class for next year of an expected 30, with 19 of those teams having two confirmed drivers for this season.
But there are still many prolific teams who have yet to confirm their entries for the 2018 season, including last year’s GT300 championship runners-up at K2 R&D LEON Racing, and series stalwarts like Audi Team Hitotsuyama and Team JLOC.
From the pages of auto sport Magazine, Volume 1474 (which was released digitally this Friday), we can now ascertain what the rest of the grid might look like when it is announced in the weeks to come – with at least one team set to confirm its plans this coming week.
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ZF Friedrichshafen AG, title sponsors of Super GT’s awards for the best team of mechanics in the series, have presented the ZF Award for Best Mechanics of the Year to Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO, the GT300 champion team for 2017.
It is the second time in four seasons that Goodsmile Racing have won the season-long ZF Award, led by team director Ukyo Katayama, and chief mechanic Satoshi Kohno.
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Welcome to the Day Zero Notebook of the first official pre-season Super GT test at Okayama International Circuit. As the teams arrived for two days of testing this weekend at the 3.7 kilometer circuit, there were a few stories of note, including the unveiling of a new safety car and some new liveries for teams up and down the paddock.
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