The GT Association, sanctioning body and promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, have officially published the entry list for the seventh and penultimate round of the 2017 season, the Chang Super GT Race at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.
Here’s a look at the 39-car entry list – the smallest of the 2017 season – that will take part in this fly-away round in Thailand.
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GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh gave his customary pre-race press conference to the media on Sunday before the fourth round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series at Sportsland Sugo.
Among the topics discussed at Chairman Bandoh’s press conference were the recent Balance of Performance adjustments in GT500, the speed of the GT300 class cars, and most notably of all – a glimpse into what the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series calendar will look like, including the future of Super GT at Suzuka Circuit.
Continue reading GTA chairman Bandoh talks 2018 schedule at Sugo press conference
It wasn’t quite a fairy-tale upset of the ages when Racing Project Bandoh won the Buriram Super GT Race this past weekend. In fact, with the way that the team were so comprehensively quick all weekend, one might think that they’ve been used to winning many times before.
And in a sense, that’s actually true. But until last week, Racing Project Bandoh (operating as Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh) had never won a race in the top class of the Autobacs Super GT Series. On that day, drivers Yuhi Sekiguchi and Yuji Kunimoto drove the best stints of their Super GT careers, and it culminated in a breakthrough victory, one that was nearly six years in the making for one of the series’ most storied, beloved, and popular teams.
It was a breakthrough win on all fronts, for the team, and its drivers – and nothing punctuated the mood of this popular victory like the post-race celebrations between Sekiguchi, Kunimoto, team principal Masataka Bandoh – and his father Masaaki, the president of the GT Association and founder of Racing Project Bandoh. Continue reading From dark horses to winners: The story of Racing Project Bandoh’s maiden GT500 victory
Despite a late-race charge from Jann Mardenborough’s #3 B-Max NDDP Nissan GT-R in the closing laps of the race, a bold pit strategy and a composed, defensive drive helped the #25 VivaC Team Samurai Toyota 86 MC of Takeshi Tsuchiya and Takamitsu Matsui win the GT300 class in the Buriram Super GT Race at Buriram United International Circuit in Thailand.
It was a much-needed first victory of the season for VivaC Team Samurai, from their third pole position of the 2016 season. But early on, it looked as if they were to suffer a repeat of their 2015 race misfortunes, as they quickly fell behind the #3 B-Max GT-R (Mardenborough/Kazuki Hoshino) and the #0 Gainer Tanax GT-R (Andre Couto/Ryuichiro Tomita).
That’s when VivaC Team Samurai elected to go for a fuel-only stop on lap 26, when Tsuchiya handed the car over to Matsui, and gained valuable track position over the B-Max GT-R with a lightning-fast 21 second pit stop. The B-Max GT-R pitted four laps earlier, with Hoshino yielding to Mardenborough. Unlike most of the other teams, they elected to take on fresh Yokohama tyres on their stop, and the chase began.
Continue reading VivaC 86 holds off B-Max GT-R to win in Thailand