On Wednesday, 9 GT500 teams and 3 GT300 teams travelled to Okayama International Circuit for the first day of a manufacturer shakedown test – which will precede the first official Super GT pre-season test on March 17 & 18.
Continuing with last winter’s theme of Lexus supremacy, their LC500s recorded the fastest times of both the morning and afternoon sessions, with the #38 ZENT Cerumo LC500 (Yuji Tachikawa/Hiroaki Ishiura) recording the fastest time of the day, and the GT300 class in both sessions being led by the #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Haruki Kurosawa/Naoya Gamou).
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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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With nearly 180 Formula 1 World Championship appearances between them over 12 combined seasons, Heikki Kovalainen of Finland and Kamui Kobayashi of Japan were two of F1’s pound-for-pound best talents of the last ten seasons.
Now, in a field also boasting 2009 World Champion Jenson Button at Honda, and second-generation F1 alumni Kazuki Nakajima at Lexus, Kobayashi and Kovalainen will form a veritable “super team” at Lexus Team SARD, when the 2016 GT500 Champion Kovalainen and the Toyota Gazoo Racing superstar Kobayashi join forces to drive the #39 Denso Kobelco SARD Lexus LC500 – already a legendary Super GT car in its own right.
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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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