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Super GT chairman Bandoh talks FCY, 2018 Schedule, and Mercedes’ DTM Withdrawal

On Sunday, before the fifth round of the Autobacs Super GT Series at Fuji Speedway, GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh gave his customary pre-race press conference to the media.

A few of the subjects covered included, but were not limited to, the potential introduction of a Full Course Yellow system, Mercedes-AMG’s sudden withdrawal from the DTM and its impacts on a potential collaboration with Super GT, and even the future of the Fuji GT 300km Race itself from 2018 and beyond.

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Gerhard Berger, Masaaki Bandoh weigh in on Class One updates

For much of the past few years, the Class One concept – the proposed technical unification of the GT500 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) championship – has been a key talking point of the future of premier-level sports & touring car racing, one that in some respects, has the potential to supercede both the Japanese and German championships.

Over the past two weeks, we have heard from both Gerhard Berger, racing legend and new head of DTM’s promoters ITR, as well as most recently from Masaaki Bandoh, chairman of Super GT promoters, the GT Association (GTA) – offering their latest updates on the progress of the Class One unification, and rumours of a proposed global Class One championship, with some surprising comments from both Berger and Bandoh!

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GTA chairman Bandoh weighs in on Honda weight reduction, update on DTM alliance

On Sunday morning, GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh delivered his customary pre-race press conference before the Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis.

Many subjects were addressed during Bandoh’s press conference, as it pertains to Balance of Performance – and in particular, the recent 15 kilogram weight deduction for the Honda NSX-GTs going into this third round of the championship, as well as an update on the agreement between Super GT and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), the 2018 Super GT race at Suzuka Circuit, and of course, Super GT’s return to Autopolis.

Special thanks to our friend Geinou of RacingBlog.de who provided translations of Bandoh’s remarks.

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