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GT500 and DTM machines on track together at Motegi

One of the highlights of Saturday action at Twin Ring Motegi was the first demonstration for the cars of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) in Japan, as they ran on track alongside the GT500 cars of the Autobacs Super GT Series in the first of two demo runs held shortly after the conclusion of Saturday free practice.

Former GT500 champion Loïc Duval, Suzuka 1000km guest driver Augusto Farfus, and Maro Engel represented Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-AMG respectively as the V8-powered German machines took to the track for the first time on Japanese soil – to be joined by 2016 GT500 champion Heikki Kovalainen, four-time GT500 champion Ronnie Quintarelli, and Tomoki Nojiri, representing Lexus, Nissan, and Honda.

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ITR x GTA Press Conference – Full Transcript

With thanks to our friend and colleague Geinou of RacingBlog.de, who covered this weekend’s Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) final round and Autobacs Super GT Series Show Run at the Hockenheimring in Badem-Württemberg, Germany, here is the transscript of Sunday morning’s joint press conference by ITR president Gerhard Berger, and GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh.

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Super GT, DTM set for cross-promotional demo runs this Autumn

After over three years of negotiations and stalemates, the cars of the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) will run on the same track in the same weekend, as both series have announced demonstration runs at each other’s 2017 championship finales.

It begins on October 14 & 15 at the Hockenheimring Circuit in Germany, where the 2017 Lexus LC500 Super GT and the 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 will do demonstration runs at race speed on the weekend where the DTM crowns its champions.

Then, on November 11 & 12 at the Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi, the DTM will send a selection of cars to do a similar demonstration run – giving fans on both sides of the Eurasian continent an idea of what to expect when both series finally lock horns under the unified Class One regulations.

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Chairman Bandoh confirms Fuji 500 Mile Race for 2018

On Saturday’s press conference for the media held before qualifying for the Suzuka 1000km, GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh officially confirmed that the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race will become the new endurance round of the Autobacs Super GT Series when it is first run on August.

This news was first reported on August 9, shortly the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) 2018 motorsports calendar was released, with the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race appearing on the August 4-5 weekend that was confirmed by Super GT on July 27. At the time, no official announcement had been made by Super GT regarding the distance of the event, but on Saturday, Bandoh-san told the press about the new August endurance race at Fuji.

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