In a dramatic first act of the 2018 Pirelli Super Taikyu Series at Suzuka Circuit, it was the #99 Y’s Distraction GTNET Nissan GT-R of Teruhiko Hamano, Kazuki Hoshino, and Kiyoto Fujinami that took the overall and ST-X class victory after 5 hours and 133 laps of racing on Sunday.
The win came following a drive-through penalty assessed to the #24 ThreeBond Nissan Gakuen GT-R of Yuudai Uchida, Tomonobu Fujii, and Kazuki Hiramine for a collision with the Y’s Distraction GT-R in the last 90 minutes of the race, relegating the polesitters to second in a Nissan 1-2 finish to kick off the Pirelli era in Super Taikyu.
Continue reading GTNET Motor Sports win action-packed Super Taikyu opener at Suzuka
The 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series’ GT500 class is headlined by the arrival of three world-renowned newcomers to the fastest GT racing category on earth: 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button, FIA World Endurance Championship superstar Kamui Kobayashi, and FIA Formula E Championship contender Felix Rosenqvist.
Button, Kobayashi, and Rosenqvist are all amazing additions to what is already one of the strongest sports car racing grids anywhere on the planet. But in the GT300 category, five more rookie drivers, all from very different racing backgrounds, will embark on their first full-time Super GT campaigns in 2018.
So, for now, and with all respect in the world to the GT500 rookie class who will be spotlighted later on – Super GT World wants to put Jenson Button, Kamui Kobayashi, and Felix Rosenqvist to the side for a brief moment to talk about the five intriguing rookie candidates who will be competing in the GT300 class in 2018.
Continue reading Get to know the 2018 Super GT Rookie Class (not named Jenson, Felix, or Kamui)
During the first official pre-season test at Okayama International Circuit for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, seven drivers passed the series’ mandatory rookie & refresher test during the two days of testing.
Rookie candidates Ritomo Miyata (LM Corsa), Hiroki Otsu (Modulo Drago Corse), Marco Mapelli (Money Partners JLOC), Takeshi Kimura (CarGuy Racing), Ryo Ogawa (EIcars Bentley), and Yuya Hiraki ( completed twelve consecutive incident-free laps above the designated benchmark time by the GT Association (GTA) driving standards stewards.
In addition, Ryo Michigami – a veteran of 125 Super GT races over 18 seasons in Super GT – passed it as a refresher test, in preparation for his first Super GT racing activity since 2014.
Continue reading Seven drivers pass Super GT rookie test at Okayama
On Thursday, 9 GT500 teams and 3 GT300 teams travelled to Okayama International Circuit for the first day of a manufacturer shakedown test – which will precede the first official Super GT pre-season test on March 17 & 18.
Continuing with last winter’s theme of Lexus supremacy, their LC500s recorded the fastest times of both the morning and afternoon sessions, with the #38 ZENT Cerumo LC500 (Yuji Tachikawa/Hiroaki Ishiura) recording the fastest time of the day, and the GT300 class in both sessions being led by the #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Haruki Kurosawa/Naoya Gamou).
Continue reading Lexus flexes their muscle at Okayama manufacturer test