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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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Toyota Gazoo Racing outlines 2018 Super GT Activities

Toyota Gazoo Racing announced their global motorsports activities for the 2018 season in a press release on Thursday, and with it, outlined their participation for the Autobacs Super GT Series.

Super GT series is the top category of Japanese car racing, and in 2018, Lexus Gazoo Racing will continue to enter the Lexus LC 500. Lexus Gazoo Racing will support 6 teams and 6 vehicles through TRD. In the GT300 class, Toyota Gazoo Racing will enter 2 Toyota Prius and 3 Lexus RC F GT3 models.

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Two-time GT500 Champion Kohei Hirate joins apr Racing

2013 and 2016 GT500 Drivers’ Champion, Kohei Hirate, will drive the #31 Toyota Prius apr GT for apr Racing in the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.

Hirate joins longtime apr Prius project stalwart Koki Saga in their flagship number 31 entry, while the pro-am driver combination of Hiroaki Nagai and Kota Sasaki will return to pilot the number 30 car.

The 31-year-old Toyota factory racer from Aichi reunites for the very team he made his debut with in 2008, for his first tour of duty in the GT300 category in a decade – as the four-time GT300 champion team looks to rebound from a disappointing 2017 season.

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Super Taikyu champions ARN Racing switch to Blancpain GT Asia

ARN Racing, the reigning champions of the Pirelli Super Taikyu Series’ ST-X Class, announced on Saturday that they will switch to the Blancpain GT Series Asia full-time for 2018, with the same Ferrari 488 GT3 that won Super Taikyu’s premier-class title in 2017.

This is the second notable Japanese team to announce a switch to the second-year championship run by the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO), following BMW Team Studie’s announcement that they would switch over from Super GT this season with two new BMW M4 GT4s.

Team director Hiroaki Nagai will be one of the team’s two drivers for the 2018 season, and the reigning champions from Super Taikyu’s top category are also expected to take part in the Suzuka 10 Hours this August.

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