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Rosenqvist emerges as Lexus GT500 candidate

There is an update on the 2017-18 Super GT Hot Stove League, as it pertains to the Lexus GT500 fleet, which celebrated its successes in the Autobacs Super GT Series this Sunday at the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival at Fuji Speedway.

AUTOSPORTweb is reporting that Felix Rosenqvist, a star performer in the Japanese Super Formula Championship and FIA Formula E Championship, is now being linked to the Lexus GT500 stable as one of at least two, potentially three, new drivers to make the move to Super GT’s premier class – alongside top candidate Kamui Kobayashi and young Kenta Yamashita.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival this Sunday at Fuji

The final of the big three manufacturer fan festivals in Japan brings us back to Fuji Speedway, home circuit of the Toyota Motor Corporation, for the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival this Sunday.

It’s a celebration of Toyota’s successes across the world of motorsport – their winning return to the FIA World Rally Championship, a solid season in the World Endurance Championship, and of course, winning Japan’s two biggest championships – the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Japanese Super Formula Championship.

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2018 Super GT Hot Stove League: The First Glimpse

DISCLAIMER: All of the information is compiled from reputable sources, however, all possible scenarios must be considered speculation unless confirmed by any team, driver, or manufacturer discussed therein.

Racing fans call it Silly Season. Baseball types call it the Hot Stove. Either way, with the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series completed, and preparations beginning for the 2018 season, there is a constant thread that applies to all form of motorsport – that change is inevitable, and that change will happen over the next few months.

The GT500 category is already one of the most competitive classes of racing on earth, and with an influx of potential free agents from outside the series, as well as young stars of the future ready to take their place in the top level of Super GT, the 2017-18 Stove League promises to be one of intrigue.

With the help of the most recent issue of auto sport Magazine of Japan (volume 1470, released on Friday), Super GT World runs down the potential scenarios for Lexus, Honda, and Nissan in the 2018 season to come.

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NISMO dominates Motegi Grand Final; Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s win GT500 championship

From an overly eventful start to their race to a confident pole-to-win victory, no team had the measure of the #23 Motul Autech NISMO GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli – which took a landmark victory in the final round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series at Twin Ring Motegi.

Quintarelli and Matsuda took their first win of the season, setting career milestones for both drivers, and for Nissan, as well as avoiding a winless 2017 campaign for the manufacturer and securing second place in the championship.

They finished ahead of the #37 KeePer TOM’s Lexus LC500 of Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, who with their second-place finish, secured history of their own as the two drivers at 23 years old became the youngest GT500 Drivers’ Champions in history.

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