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2018 Fuji GT 500 Mile Race: Entry List

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:

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NISMO fastest, Button upbeat after Suzuka tyre tests

The first round of testing in the lead up to the 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final commenced with two days and four sessions of tyre manufacturer tests at Suzuka Circuit on Tuesday June 6 and Wednesday June 7.

Though the star attraction of the tests was the debuting 2009 Formula 1 World Champion, Jenson Button, it was the NISMO team and the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R which set the fastest time of both days of testing, and the fastest time in all three dry-weather test sessions on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning.

Regular NISMO drivers Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli joined Satoshi Motoyama and Katsumasa Chiyo of the #46 S Road Craftsports GT-R crew, and it was Quintarelli who set the fastest time of the session – a 1:47.501 on Day 2 – getting to within 0.045 seconds of the GT500 lap record at Suzuka.

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Taniguchi takes GT300 pole position for Goodsmile Racing

Not even a field-high 40 kilogram Success Ballast penalty was going to stop Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO from continuing their torrid start to the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, as they took GT300 pole position for the 2017 Fuji GT 500km Race thanks to a pole-winning lap in Q2 from ace driver Nobuteru Taniguchi.

The pole position for the Golden Week classic ends a run of over six years since the last time Goodsmile Racing and Taniguchi sat on pole position, dating back to the 2011 Motegi GT 250km Race.

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Goodsmile Racing end three-year winless drought at Okayama

After going without a single race victory in the last two seasons, Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO returned to the top step of the podium in the GT300 class during Sunday’s opening round of the 2017 Super GT Series at Okayama International Circuit.

A tenacious start from Tatsuya Kataoka, a two-tyre stop to gain track position and take advantage of the resurfaced Okayama International Circuit, and smooth driving at the end from Nobuteru Taniguchi helped propel the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 to the team’s first victory since 2014, and their first as a Mercedes-AMG customer team.

They lead the GT300 podium ahead of the #65 LEON Cvstos AMG of Haruki Kurosawa and Naoya Gamou, and the #9 Gulf NAC Porsche 911 GT3-R of Jono Lester and Kyosuke Mineo.

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