On Monday, Nissan and NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) announced their global motorsports plans for 2018, including their team and driver lineups for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.
Nissan enters four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500s, aiming to recapture the championships it won in 2014 and 2015. Nissan won five out of eight races in 2016 and missed the 2017 title by a mere 2 points. They will also enter GT300 with two newly evolved 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s and two of the previous 2015-spec GT-R GT3s.
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From its original heyday in the early ’90s in Japanese Touring Car racing, to the success it’s enjoyed as a mainstay of the Autobacs Super GT Series, the #12 Calsonic Nissan GT-R fielded by Kazuyoshi Hoshino’s Team Impul has been the series’ single most-revered and recognized machine on the grid for over a quarter-century.
On Monday, it was announced that 26-year-old Daiki Sasaki, a graduate of the Nissan Driver Development Programme (NDDP), would move from Kondo Racing to partner Welshman Jann Mardenborough in the Calsonic GT-R for 2018.
The two drivers were already hard at work at testing the car at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, and the union of two of Nissan’s best young drivers should have Team Impul and their supporters excited about finally capturing a long-awaited GT500 crown.
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Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, both just 23 years of age, are two of the brightest young stars in the Autobacs Super GT Series – and in all of global motorsport. On Sunday, they took a defining step towards becoming the youngest GT500 champions in series history, by driving the #37 KeePer TOM’s Lexus LC500 to victory in the 66-lap Chang Super GT Race, held at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.
In a race that began under treacherous conditions, Hirakawa and Cassidy overturned an 11-point deficit into a 6-point lead in the standings on the eve of the Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi on November 12.
They led home a Lexus 1-2 finish, ahead of the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500 of Kazuya Oshima & Andrea Caldarelli, who moved into second in the standings, ahead of the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda & Ronnie Quintarelli, who fell to third in the championship tables after a ninth-place finish.
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It’s been over a month, but the third round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship will get underway this weekend from Fuji International Speedway, for a 55-lap race around the fabled, historic, high-speed circuit at the foot of Mount Fuji.
So far, three different drivers have won the first three races of the season – and with the double-race weekend at Okayama this May paying out only half-points to the winners, this race will serve as the pivot point of the 2017 championship battles.
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