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Team Taisan confirm Yamada, Kawabata for 2018

One of Super GT’s oldest and most successful GT300 competitors, Team Taisan confirmed their 2018 plans for the Autobacs Super GT Series – and under surprising circumstances, in a press release marked for January 31 but only published this past week by their team partner, the Nagano Auto Sports Club.

Team Taisan announced that they would end their two-year collaboration with SARD Racing, with Yasutsune “Ricky” Chiba’s team reverting back to independent status and veteran driver Shinji Nakano joining the team as their managing supervisor.

They also announced that Shinnosuke Yamada would return to the team, to partner former Team Upgarage driver Shintaro Kawabata, in the #26 Taisan Audi R8 LMS for 2018.

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Tomita & Shinohara join Lyons at Audi Team Hitotsuyama

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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Phoenix Racing Asia enters Super Taikyu from 2018

The legendary Phoenix Racing name, a staple of sports car and touring car racing across Europe and Asia with Audi Sport, will be a part of the Pirelli Super Taikyu Series for the first time in 2018.

Phoenix Racing Asia, co-founded by the great Ernst Moser and Hong Kong racing legend Marchy Lee, will enter two new Audi R8 LMS GT3s into the premier ST-X class of Super Taikyu, featuring a driver lineup representing three different nations and headlined by ex-Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong.
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GT500 and DTM machines on track together at Motegi

One of the highlights of Saturday action at Twin Ring Motegi was the first demonstration for the cars of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) in Japan, as they ran on track alongside the GT500 cars of the Autobacs Super GT Series in the first of two demo runs held shortly after the conclusion of Saturday free practice.

Former GT500 champion Loïc Duval, Suzuka 1000km guest driver Augusto Farfus, and Maro Engel represented Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-AMG respectively as the V8-powered German machines took to the track for the first time on Japanese soil – to be joined by 2016 GT500 champion Heikki Kovalainen, four-time GT500 champion Ronnie Quintarelli, and Tomoki Nojiri, representing Lexus, Nissan, and Honda.

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