On Friday, the GT Association (GTA) held the third annual Super GT Heroes show from the Westin Hotel Tokyo, a postseason awards banquet to commemorate the accomplishments of the teams and drivers in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series.
The awards kept coming in for GT500 Drivers’ Champions Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, GT300 Drivers’ Champions Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka, and the Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s and Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO squads as they were presented with their official championship trophies from the GT Association.
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Ten years ago, what is now Goodsmile Racing began their racing journey in earnest as a privateer with a colourful anime-inspired “itasha” car, but little hope of realistic results.
In their tenth season, Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO have now won their third GT300 championship in the last seven years, putting the team and their drivers, Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka, into elite company. They may now well and truly be the greatest GT300 team of all time.
Here are the quotes from both drivers, and team director Ukyo Katayama, after the team’s landmark third championship win in Motegi.
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K2 R&D LEON Racing finished out the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series in stunning and dramatic fashion this Sunday, winning the season-ending Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi with a penultimate-lap pass. It was the second victory of the year for Haruki Kurosawa, Naoya Gamou, and the #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3.
And with a third place finish, the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku AMG of Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka took the GT300 championships for the third time for both Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO, and their two drivers – cementing the team’s legacy as one of the all-time great squads in Super GT history.
Continue reading LEON Racing takes dramatic Motegi victory; Goodsmile Racing win 3rd GT300 title
A perfect Saturday continued for the Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO squad, who followed up posting the fastest time in the morning practice session with the top times in both stages of knockout qualifying – earning them the pole for tomorrow’s Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi.
Two brilliant performances from champion drivers Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka have put the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 one step closer to clinching the team’s third GT300 championship in seven years, with both drivers earning a bonus point – and now requiring only a podium finish at the minimum to win the 2017 GT300 championships.
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