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.
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.
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.
As the final chapter of the International Suzuka 1000km is written this weekend, Suzuka Circuit, the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO), and the GT Association (GTA) all continue to look towards the future.
On Friday, GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh joined Mr. Ratel, as well as Mobilityland Corporation President Susumu Yamashita, and Pirelli Motorsports’ Ernesto Garcia Domingo, for a joint press conference announcing the regulations for the 47th Summer Endurance Suzuka 10 Hours, to be held on August 24-26 as the successor to the Suzuka 1000km.