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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This past Saturday, 40 teams gathered for a full day of testing for the Pirelli Super Taikyu Series at Fuji Speedway, in preparation for not only the upcoming season which begins on April 1, but also for this June’s inaugural Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours. It was also the first day that the teams tested on the series’ new Pirelli tyres.
Out of the field in the premier ST-X class, it was the #24 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 of Kondo Racing, the 2016 series champions, that set a new class lap record around Fuji Speedway through the first three sessions of the test day.
Those three sessions were then followed by a night-time test – the first-ever at Fuji Speedway – to prepare teams and drivers for the 24 Hours on June 2-3.
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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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In the past two decades, the Kyoto-based Gainer team have competed in the GT300 class of Super GT with manufacturers such as Ferrari, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.
But in 2018, after three years splitting their garage between Mercedes and Nissan, Gainer and Nissan will commit to a full-scale partnership, with Gainer fielding two brand-new, 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s in the Autobacs Super GT Series.
The team have also strengthened their driver lineup with the addition of nine-year GT500 veteran Hironobu Yasuda from Team Impul, and two-time GT300 champion Kazuki Hoshino from NDDP Racing, to partner returning drivers Katsuyuki Hiranaka and Hiroki Yoshida.
Continue reading Gainer and Nissan forge full-scale partnership in 2018