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Lexus flexes their muscle at Okayama manufacturer test

On Wednesday, 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).

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Honda officially unveils Super GT NSX GT3 participation

On Saturday, at the Honda Welcome Plaza Aoyama, Honda officially presented its two-car effort into the GT300 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series, with their brand-new Honda NSX GT3 that makes its series debut in 2018.

Modulo Drago Corse and CarGuy Racing, along with their drivers who have been hard at work shaking down their new cars over the winter, took part in the event alongside the new NSX GT3. CarGuy Racing also unveiled their new number – 777 – and their yellow and black paint scheme for their debut Super GT season.

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Duval, Dumas, and Caldarelli take podiums at Daytona

Autobacs Super GT Series alumni Loïc Duval, Romain Dumas, and Andrea Caldarelli were among the drivers who stood on the podium at the end of a record-breaking running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

As the race-winning #5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPI-V.R of Filipe Albuquerque, João Barbosa, and Christian Fittipaldi took the overall victory and obliterated the 24-hour distance record, Duval and Dumas, driving the #54 CORE Autosport Oreca 07-Gibson with Jon Bennett and Colin Braun, took third place, completing a record 808 laps and finishing as the top Pro-Am team in the race.

Caldarelli, driving the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in the GT Daytona sub-class, took a podium finish as Lamborghini scored their first-ever victory in a major 24 hour endurance race.

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Ten current & former Super GT drivers to tackle Rolex 24

The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, on January 27-28 from Daytona International Speedway, might very well be the most star-studded 24 hour endurance race of 2018, even more so than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With a deep premier category featuring two active Formula 1 drivers and countless former winners at this race, and Le Mans, and all over the world, it’s truly a global marquee event.

Across the 50 cars, and nearly 200 drivers of all skill levels, nine drivers who’ve raced in Super GT up through the 2017 season will take part, from the star-studded Prototype class, to the all-out brawls in the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes. They’re headed up by the most recent Super GT drivers of that group – and one that is set to join the grid in 2018.

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