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The Big Names in the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours

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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GTNET Motor Sports win action-packed Super Taikyu opener at Suzuka

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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Get to know the 2018 Super GT Rookie Class (not named Jenson, Felix, or Kamui)

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.

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Seven drivers pass Super GT rookie test at Okayama

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.

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