There was a great deal of anticipation in the air on Friday morning at the historic Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, as the cars of the Autobacs Super GT Series completed a successful first test at race speed in the lead up to opening practice for this weekend’s Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) season finale.
Four-time GT500 Drivers’ Champion Ronnie Quintarelli, aboard the 2016 #1 Motul Autech NISMO GT-R, joined reigning GT500 champion Heikki Kovalainen, in the 2016 #093 TRD Lexus LC500 Test Car, for the first of two thirty-minute demonstration runs of the weekend.
In the session, Super GT’s challenge to the DTM was laid down – as Kovalainen recorded an unofficial lap time of 1:29.8, nearly two seconds faster than the best time set in the subsequent DTM free practice session.
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The #51 JMS P.MU LMcorsa Lexus RC F GT3 of Yuichi Nakayama and Sho Tsuboi took a defining victory in Sunday’s seventh and penultimate round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, the Chang Super GT Race at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.
The young Toyota drivers’ victory from second on the grid moves them into second in the GT300 championship standings, behind the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Nobuteru Taniguchi & Tatsuya Kataoka, which finished a strong second and regained the championship lead with just one race remaining.
Continue reading JMS LM Corsa win at Buriram, Goodsmile Racing re-take GT300 points lead
Defending GT500 Drivers’ Champion Heikki Kovalainen and four-time GT500 champion Ronnie Quintarelli have been selected to run for their respective manufacturers, as the Autobacs Super GT Series brings their machines to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) season finale at the Hockenheimring circuit in Germany this weekend.
F1 hero Kovalainen will drive the 2016-spec Lexus LC500 Super GT test vehicle, while four-time champ Quintarelli will drive the Motul Autech NISMO GT-R that he raced last season to third in the championship.
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Just two rounds remain in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, and the GT500 Championship lies in wait, to be seized by one great team and their great drivers.
For the fourth time, Super GT will voyage out from its native Japan, nearly 3,000 kilometers south in the Indochinese Peninsula in the Kingdom of Thailand, for the 66-lap Chang Super GT Race, held in the city of Buriram at the state-of-the-art, 4.5 kilometer Chang International Circuit.
As the penultimate round of the season, Buriram is becoming familiar enough of a challenge – with its sweltering heat and humidity, and abundance of sweeping corners already proving a hit with the fans – but is still enough of a wild card that it could completely turn the battle for the premier class title on its head at the end of the race.
Continue reading 2017 Chang Super GT Race Preview: GT500 – The Battle At Buriram