The second round of the 2019 Japanese Super Formula Championship takes us to Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, in the remote town of Oita located 160 kilometers east of the city of Fukuoka, and the Autopolis International Racing Course – once the prospective home of the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, and now one of the most underappreciated modern circuits in all of motor racing.
First opened in 1990, but not a part of the Super Formula calendar until 2006, Autopolis brings a unique challenge as a high-altitude, undulating circuit with an abrasive surface and several high-speed, medium-speed, and low-speed corners. All of which will make this Sunday’s 54-lap race one to watch!
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It’s been over twenty years since Japan has held a short-form touring car championship of its own. The All-Japan Touring Car Championship (JTC/JTCC), in its heyday, was a top-level competition featuring the cars of the FIA Group A category from the late ’80s to the early ’90s, and later, the Super Touring (Class II) cars in the mid-90s.
This weekend, touring car racing in Japan is revived with the launch of the TCR Japan Series, promoted by Japan Race Promotion (JRP) as part of the Super Formula Championship support ticket.
TCR Japan is a new series which hopes to shine a spotlight on a different breed of racing drivers, and to further expand the TCR formula – the new world standard of touring car racing – to a new audience.
It’s time to meet those new heroes and give you the rundown on the inaugural TCR Japan Series for 2019!
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On Tuesday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, confirmed the change of dates for the seventh and penultimate round of the 2018 season at Autopolis circuit.
The Super GT in Kyushu 300km will be held on October 20-21 at Autopolis, officially confirming a change of dates that has been in the works since February to avoid clashing with the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 6 Hours of Fuji on October 14.
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The seventh and penultimate round of the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series at Autopolis circuit will move from its previously scheduled date of October 13-14, back one week to October 20-21.
The announcement from the GT Association (GTA) was shared by Toyota Gazoo Racing ambassador and Lexus Team Wako’s LeMans team director, Juichi Wakisaka, on Tuesday afternoon.
The date change was made to avoid a clash of dates with the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Fuji on October 12-14, and will allow Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers Kazuki Nakajima and Kamui Kobayashi, who also compete full-time in Super GT, to compete in both events.
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