Every year, Super GT World honours the most outstanding performers in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Super GT World Awards.
The Shingo Tachi Memorial Award is given annually to the most outstanding rookie driver in Super GT across both GT500 and GT300 categories.
The award is named in honour of the late Shingo Tachi, who set numerous JGTC/Super GT records in his debut year in 1998, winning the GT300 Drivers’ Championship with Keiichi Suzuki, scoring five wins from six races and finishing with the first 100+ point season in series history. On March 11, 1999, Tachi passed away after injuries sustained in a pre-season testing crash at 21 years of age. This award is presented annually to honour the legacy of Shingo Tachi.
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This week’s Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours is the premier race on the calendar for the pro-am Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, one of the most diverse endurance racing categories in the world – featuring GT3, GT4, and TCR touring cars mixed with a wide collection of race-tuned production cars.
Super Taikyu is not a full professional series like the GT500 class of Super GT, or Super Formula, but in this race there are many accomplished racing drivers who have achieved stardom both in Japan and abroad. Even some of the less-heralded gentleman drivers have earned a great deal of respect for their contributions inside and outside of motorsport.
At Super GT World, we’ve broken down the entire entry list and highlighted the top teams from the top three classes, and the big-name drivers competing in the lower categories, to help you find a team to support in this weekend’s landmark endurance event.
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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.
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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)