On Monday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the entry list for the fifth round of the 2018 season – Super GT’s newest endurance racing tradition, the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race.
All 44 cars and an even 100 drivers are entered into the Fuji 500 Miles, with 12 third drivers entered into the GT300 class for the biggest race of the season on 4-5 August. Here’s how the entry list shakes down:
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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Every year, Super GT World honours the most outstanding performers in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Super GT World Awards.
The Shingo Tachi Memorial Award is given annually to the most outstanding first year driver in Super GT across both GT500 and GT300 categories. It is named after 1998 GT300 Drivers’ Champion Shingo Tachi (1977-1999), who in his first and only season in a tragically shortened career, won the championship and set several unmatchable rookie records along the way.
Here were the finalists, followed by the winner, of this prestigious award.
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Not even 82 additional kilograms of Success Ballast weight was going to stop young dynamo Kenta Yamashita from taking defending GT300 champions VivaC Team Tsuchiya to pole position in the biggest race of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series.
Despite the ballast penalty, Yamashita took his very first Super GT pole position for the 46th International Suzuka 1000km with a new course record, which will put him and his co-drivers Takamitsu Matsui and Tsubasa Kondo right at the front of the field for tomorrow’s final running of the Suzuka 1000km.
They lead a lockout of the top three places of the grid by the Toyota 86 MC by Dome, with the #18 Upgarage Bandoh 86 of Yuhki Nakayama & Shintaro Kawabata qualifying second.
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