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Suzuki confirms BMW Team Studie exit from Super GT

Yasuaki “Bob” Suzuki, the owner and director of BMW Team Studie, has confirmed that the team will no longer participate in the Autobacs Super GT Series – but has left the door open for a return to the series by 2020.

BMW Team Studie will commit to their new challenge in the GT4 division of the Blancpain GT Series Asia starting in 2018 with two new BMW M4 GT4s, and is also tenatively planning to enter in the Suzuka 10 Hours this August

The team leaves behind a legacy of helping to shape the landscape of the GT300 category at the start of the decade with the introduction of the FIA GT3 class cars to Super GT.

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BMW Team Studie once again pointed towards Super GT exit

In the span of 48 hours, BMW Team Studie’s future in the Autobacs Super GT Series has now become murkier and much less certain as the team prepares to compete elsewhere.

With Friday’s news that BMW Team Studie will be entering the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia with two brand-new BMW M4 GT4s, team director Yasuaki Suzuki laid out his reasoning for entering the series in 2018.

And while it wasn’t officially confirmed by Suzuki, today’s updates leave the impression that the team will leave the series – despite an earlier post from manager Takashi Kumagai’s blog over the weekend that left an impression of the team staying in Super GT’s GT300 class.

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Takuya Izawa rejoins ARTA for 2018

At this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon, Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA) revealed their 2018 activities in the Autobacs Super GT Series in both GT500 and GT300 categories.

Former Team Kunimitsu driver Takuya Izawa was introduced as the new driver of the #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT during Honda’s Super GT activities announcement, then joined the rest of his ARTA team during their own TAS panel.

Izawa and Tomoki Nojiri will drive the fabled ARTA NSX, while the #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 will be driven by former champion Shinichi Takagi and second-generation sophomore Sean Walkinshaw.

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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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