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GTA Chairman Bandoh outlines the future of Class One in Okayama press conference

On Sunday morning, before the start of the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series opening round at Okayama International Circuit, GT Association (GTA) Chairman, Masaaki Bandoh, spoke to the Japanese media in his first pre-race press conference of 2018.

Bandoh-san’s main focus for his press conference was to outline Super GT’s future plans in their collaboration with the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) championship, including joint-promoted exhibition races that could take place as soon as 2019, and the proposal of a “world championship” between the two series in the near future.

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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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