On Sunday morning, before the start of the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series opening round at Okayama International Circuit, GT Association (GTA) Chairman, Masaaki Bandoh, spoke to the Japanese media in his first pre-race press conference of 2018.
Bandoh-san’s main focus for his press conference was to outline Super GT’s future plans in their collaboration with the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) championship, including joint-promoted exhibition races that could take place as soon as 2019, and the proposal of a “world championship” between the two series in the near future.
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Jenson Button’s official YouTube channel, Jenson Button TV, will produce extended highlights of the entire 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.
The season highlights will cover all eight rounds of the championship, including commentary from world-renowned British motorsports commentator Toby Moody, beginning with the season-opening 300km round at Okayama International Circuit to be held on April 8.
These highlights will also feature on DailySportsCar.com, the internet’s largest independent sports car endurance racing publication – which will continue to partner with Super GT World – who will provide expanded coverage of both Super GT and the Pirelli Super Taikyu Series to DSC in 2018.
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On Thursday, 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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