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2019 Okayama GT 300km Race: Starting Drivers

GT500 Class

23 – Ronnie Quintarelli
12 – Daiki Sasaki
1 – Naoki Yamamoto
17 – Koudai Tsukakoshi
8 – Takuya Izawa
24 – Mitsunori Takaboshi
37 – Nick Cassidy
3 – Frédéric Makowiecki
6 – Kazuya Oshima
19 – Sho Tsuboi
16 – Hideki Mutoh
38 – Yuji Tachikawa
64 – Tadasuke Makino
36 – Kazuki Nakajima
39 – Heikki Kovalainen

GT300 Class

55 – Shinichi Takagi
96 – Morio Nitta
52 – Shigekazu Wakisaka
65 – Haruki Kurosawa
25 – Kimiya Sato
5 – Yuya Hiraki
4 – Tatsuya Kataoka
56 – Kazuki Hiramine
61 – Hideki Yamauchi
11 – Hironobu Yasuda
10 – Kazuki Hoshino
60 – Hiroki Yoshimoto
34 – Ryo Michigami
88 – Takashi Kogure
33 – Marchy Lee (R)
2 – Hiroki Katoh
360 – Takayuki Aoki
18 – Kosuke Matsuura
7 – João Paulo de Oliveira
87 – André Couto
35 – Nattapong Horthongkum
9 – Naoki Yokomizo
21 – Richard Lyons
50 – Ryosei Yamashita
30 – Manabu Orido
48 – Masaki Tanaka
31 – Koki Saga
22 – Hisashi Wada
720 – Seiji Ara

2019 Okayama GT 300km Race: GT300 Qualifying Draw

This weekend’s Okayama GT 300km Race will be the first time that the Autobacs Super GT Series’ new two-group qualifying format, introduced in 2018 for the GT300 class, will be used at Okayama.

At the series’ shortest circuits, Okayama International Circuit and Sportsland Sugo, the 29-car GT500 field is divided into two groups – one of 15, one of 14. This year, the top eight cars from both 10-minute Qualifying 1 sessions will advance to the battle for pole position in Qualifying 2. This means that 16 teams will be in Q2, up from 14 teams last season.

Meanwhile positions 17 through 29 are set based on the results in Qualifying 1 for those cars that fail to advance.

The groups for this opening round of the season are decided based on the 2018 GT300 Teams’ Championship standings, in alternating order. With three new teams in the field this year, those teams are sorted in numerical order.

In this qualifying format, Qualifying 1 for the GT500 class is also reduced from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, and the fastest 8 cars will advance into Qualifying 2, while positions 9-15 are set in Q1.

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Super GT Silly Season Update: The 2019 GT300 Landscape

We are just days away from knowing the full GT500 grid in the Autobacs Super GT Series, which will include Nissan’s announcements on 9 February from Yokohama, and Toyota Motor Corporation’s announcements, which we are told will be on 7 January (thanks to @RJ_TGR on Twitter for the tip).

Now, it’s time to take a look at what the GT300 grid might look like come 2019. The staff at auto sport Web posted an update today, 5 February, which should appear in print form in the next issue of auto sport Magazine. There have already been some big announcements that will shake up the GT300 grid this season, and it’s safe to say that there may be some more big announcements in the days to come.

DISCLAIMER: All of the information in this article is speculative, and has not been confirmed by any of the manufacturers, drivers, or teams involved.

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2018 Super GT World Awards: Gentleman Driver of the Year

Every year, Super GT World honours the most outstanding performers in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Super GT World Awards.

The Gentleman Driver of the Year award, introduced this year, honours the best amateur racing driver in the GT300 class – which has its roots as a strictly pro-am category. Even as all-pro teams have now come to dominate the class, the gentleman racers of the grid still have a presence as drivers, financial benefactors, and unique characters in their own right.

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