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2019 Suzuka GT 300km Race: Weekend Schedule

The spring portion of the 2019 Autobacs Super GT Series concludes on the greatest weekend of international motor racing. Before the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, Suzuka Circuit plays host to the third round of the Super GT season, the Suzuka GT 300km Race!

Here’s your guide to the schedule for this weekend’s action at Suzuka!


SUZUKA GT 300KM RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

all times JST (UTC +9)

Saturday, 25 May 2019

8:50 AM – 10:35 AM: Official Practice (1 hour 45 minutes)
2:40 PM – 2:55 PM: GT300 Qualifying 1 (15 minutes)
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM: GT500 Qualifying 1 (15 minutes)
3:25 PM – 3:35 PM: GT300 Qualifying 2 (10 minutes)
3:43 PM – 3:53 PM: GT500 Qualifying 2 (10 minutes)

Sunday, 26 May 2019

12:55 PM – 1:15 PM: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Suzuka GT 300km Race (52 laps)


The FIA F4 Japanese Championship will be part of the support ticket, with Round 5 taking place on Saturday at 1:45 PM JST, and Round 6 on Sunday morning at 8:15 AM JST.

There is also Porsche Carrera Cup, a joint race between the Japanese and Asian championships. These races will take place on Saturday at 4:35 PM JST, and Sunday at Noon JST.

Here is the schedule converted into eight different time zones for eight key regions across Continental Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Oceanic:

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2019 Super Formula Championship: Autopolis Preview

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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2019 TCR Japan Series Preview

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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2019 Fuji GT 500km Race: Starting Drivers

GT500 Class

23 – Ronnie Quintarelli
37 – Nick Cassidy
12 – Daiki Sasaki
16 – Hideki Mutoh
39 – Heikki Kovalainen
17 – Koudai Tsukakoshi
38 – Yuji Tachikawa
3 – Kohei Hirate
6 – Kenta Yamashita
8 – Takuya Izawa
36 – Yuhi Sekiguchi
1 – Naoki Yamamoto
24 – Mitsunori Takaboshi
19 – Sho Tsuboi
64 – Tadasuke Makino

GT300 Class

56 – Kazuki Hiramine
25 – Takamitsu Matsui
5 – Natsu Sakaguchi
11 – Hironobu Yasuda
360 – Takayuki Aoki
4 – Tatsuya Kataoka
55 – Shinichi Takagi
34 – Hiroki Otsu
7 – Tomonobu Fujii
88 – Yuya Motojima
61 – Takuto Iguchi
96 – Sena Sakaguchi
65 – Naoya Gamou
10 – Keishi Ishikawa
33 – Shawn Thong
2 – Hiroki Katoh
52 – Shigekazu Wakisaka
720 – Álex Palou
87 – André Couto
30 – Manabu Orido
21 – Richard Lyons
60 – Hiroki Yoshimoto
18 – Takashi Kobayashi
35 – Sean Walkinshaw
9 – Kyosuke Mineo
31 – Yuhki Nakayama
50 – Ryosei Yamashita
22 – Hisashi Wada
48 – Teruhiko Hamano