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Orido re-joins Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh as executive advisor

Two-time Super GT champion Manabu Orido has been appointed as the Executive Advisor of Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh on Monday.

Orido re-unites with the team that he drove for in two stints of his legendary career, from 1997 to 1999, and from 2008 to 2010, winning the GT300 Drivers’ Championship with the Bandoh team in 1997 and 2009.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing outlines 2018 Super GT Activities

Toyota Gazoo Racing announced their global motorsports activities for the 2018 season in a press release on Thursday, and with it, outlined their participation for the Autobacs Super GT Series.

Super GT series is the top category of Japanese car racing, and in 2018, Lexus Gazoo Racing will continue to enter the Lexus LC 500. Lexus Gazoo Racing will support 6 teams and 6 vehicles through TRD. In the GT300 class, Toyota Gazoo Racing will enter 2 Toyota Prius and 3 Lexus RC F GT3 models.

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Yamashita promoted to full-time GT500 status with WedsSport Bandoh

Kenta Yamashita, the top prospect of the Toyota Young Driver Programme (TDP), will make his full-time GT500 class debut in the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.

The 22-year-old driver from Chiba, who won the 2016 All-Japan Formula Three Championship and put in a sensational performance in that year’s Macau Grand Prix, will drive alongside Yuji Kunimoto in the #19 WedsSport Advan Lexus LC500, riding on Yokohama Advan tyres.

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Oliveira & Kondo Racing take record-breaking Suzuka 1000km pole

This weekend’s 46th International Suzuka 1000km will be the swansong for the GT500 class at this event, and Brazilian star João Paulo de Oliveira made the final qualifying session for the GT500 cars at the Suzuka summer endurance race a memorable one.

Oliveira, Daiki Sasaki, and the #24 Forum Engineering Advan Nissan GT-R of Kondo Racing stormed to pole position – the first ever for Kondo Racing in their twelve years in GT500 – as Oliveira broke the course record for GT500 cars by over three-tenths of a season.

It is a lap that will likely stand for all time as the fastest lap by a GT car at the Suzuka summer endurance race, and it puts Kondo Racing in the best position to potentially win the final Suzuka 1000km on Sunday and turn around what has been a miserable season for the team thus far.

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