If any of the six Lexus LC500s in the GT500 field win this weekend’s Fuji GT 300km Race, not only will Lexus have set the record for the most consecutive wins to open a season by a GT500 manufacturer, they’ll also tie the all-time premier class record of six wins in a row, with a streak starting in the second race of last year’s Motegi GT Grand Final.
The current record for the most consecutive GT500 victories is held by Honda, and the first-generation NSX-GT, which racked up six consecutive victories from 1998 to 1999 (plus one more in a non-championship All-Star event after the 1998 season), and we felt it only fitting to take a look back at Honda’s memorable winning streak – and look back to the dawn of Super GT’s first golden age.
Continue reading Revisiting Honda’s history-making winning streak
Issue number 1451 of auto sport Magazine will be released on Friday, March 3, primarily featuring the 2017 Formula 1 car launches and pre-season testing – but the latest issue of the magazine will also feature a story on the potential for a GT500 return for one of Super GT’s most successful teams.
Two-time GT500 champion team and celebrated racing constructor, Dome, are planning to return to the premier class of Super GT next season, either as a sixth team for Honda or a replacement to an existing team in the fleet.
Continue reading Dome Racing rumoured to make GT500 comeback with Honda
With the announcement of Nissan’s four-car GT500 entry in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, the entire GT500 class grid is accounted for – highlighed by the class debut of Jann Mardenborough, and Super GT returns for driver Kazuki Nakajima and Team Mugen.
Nissan’s announcement also confirmed the fifteenth entry on the grid for the 2017 GT300 class, which is now represented by factory efforts from Nissan, Toyota, Lexus, Subaru, and Audi, a new Mother Chassis entry from Saitama Toyopet GreenBrave, and customer entries representing Mercedes-AMG and Porsche.
With three weeks to go until the start of the first official Super GT test sessions at Okayama International Circuit, there are still at least fifteen GT300 teams left to announce their 2017 Super GT plans – here’s a brief summary of where those remaining teams stand.
Continue reading With half the GT300 grid confirmed, there’s still half the grid to fill for 2017
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