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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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The Big Names in the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours

This week’s Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours is the premier race on the calendar for the pro-am Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, one of the most diverse endurance racing categories in the world – featuring GT3, GT4, and TCR touring cars mixed with a wide collection of race-tuned production cars.

Super Taikyu is not a full professional series like the GT500 class of Super GT, or Super Formula, but in this race there are many accomplished racing drivers who have achieved stardom both in Japan and abroad. Even some of the less-heralded gentleman drivers have earned a great deal of respect for their contributions inside and outside of motorsport.

At Super GT World, we’ve broken down the entire entry list and highlighted the top teams from the top three classes, and the big-name drivers competing in the lower categories, to help you find a team to support in this weekend’s landmark endurance event.

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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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Manabu Orido announces Super GT sabbatical after departing JLOC

Manabu “MAX” Orido, one of the most successful and longest-tenured drivers in the history of the Autobacs Super GT Series – and indeed, one of the most popular figures across all of Japanese motorsport – announced on Monday that he will not return to drive for Team JLOC in the 2018 season.

“My plans for Super GT this season are unknown, but I will continue to visit the circuit this year,” Orido said in an Instagram post confirming his departure – along with his sabbatical from the series after 22 consecutive seasons and over 150 career races.

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