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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The attention of Super GT fans around the world was drawn Friday to the famous Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan, site of the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon.
It was here where Honda were the first to announce their full GT500 programme for the 2018 season, headlined by the arrival of Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button at Team Kunimitsu, and Takuya Izawa moving back to Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA).
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The most coveted signing in Autobacs Super GT Series history, the 2009 World Drivers’ Champion Jenson Button, has found his home with Team Kunimitsu and Honda for the 2018 season.
Button will make his full-time Super GT debut driving for legendary team owner, Kunimitsu Takahashi, and the equally-legendary black and blue #100 Raybrig Honda NSX-GT, which the F1 hero will share with long time team ace, Naoki Yamamoto.
The combination of two former single-seater champions, and two of the most respected drivers from their respective fields, gives Team Kunimitsu perhaps their most formidable lineup ever.
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Every year, Super GT World honours the most outstanding performers in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Super GT World Awards.
In recognition of the individuals whose contributions to the series best exemplify the positive values of sportsmanship, competition, and humanity, Super GT World presents the Shinichi Yamaji Memorial Award. It is named after veteran competitor Shinichi Yamaji (1964-2014), who defined himself and his legacy long after his passing, through a single act of courage in the 1998 All Japan GT Championship.
Last year, there was a unanimous victor, this year, there were seven finalists – but only one could win the award. First, some honourable mentions…
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