The seventh and penultimate round of the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series at Autopolis circuit will move from its previously scheduled date of October 13-14, back one week to October 20-21.
The announcement from the GT Association (GTA) was shared by Toyota Gazoo Racing ambassador and Lexus Team Wako’s LeMans team director, Juichi Wakisaka, on Tuesday afternoon.
The date change was made to avoid a clash of dates with the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Fuji on October 12-14, and will allow Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers Kazuki Nakajima and Kamui Kobayashi, who also compete full-time in Super GT, to compete in both events.
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At a talk show held at this weekend’s Osaka Auto Messe, Super GT announced the dates of their two pre-season tests, and a single in-season test, for the 2018 season.
Two pre-season tests will be held, first at Okayama International Circuit on March 17 & 18, then the following week at Fuji Speedway, on March 24 & 25. Then, one week after the opening round of the 2018 season at Okayama, there will be two in-season tests, at Suzuka Circuit, on April 16 & 17 – and a second to be confirmed later in the year.
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Friday’s announcement of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans roster also came with the additional announcement that the historic 6 Hours of Fuji has been moved up one week to the weekend of October 13-14, 2018.
With the announcement, there are now two irreconcilable clashes of dates between the WEC and the Autobacs Super GT Series, which is set to host its penultimate round on the same weekend of October 14 at the Autopolis circuit in Oita Prefecture.
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Toyota Techno Craft (TTC) took five of their supported cars from the Autobacs Super GT Series, as well as TOM’s two cars from the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship and the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, to Fuji Speedway for a private test primarily for the GT500 cars.
Four Lexus LC500s, plus a lone GT300 class Lexus RC F GT3, were on hand for the test which was interrupted by a flurry of snow on a cold January morning at the circuit.
The #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500, one of four Lexus sporting their revised 2018 aero package, set the fastest time of the test with a 1:28.483 – but it was an eagle-eyed observer who spotted the biggest story of the test: Felix Rosenqvist, the current FIA Formula E Championship leader, driving the blue and pink number 6.
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