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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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Yanagida joins 4-driver crew at Tomei Sports

On Saturday, independent Nissan customer squad Tomei Sports and RunUp Sports announced their participation into the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.

Two-time GT500 and GT300 champion, Masataka Yanagida, joins the team as part of a four person driver rotation that also includes the returning Atsushi Tanaka, Yusaku Shibata, and 2001 GT300 champion Takayuki Aoki – who will all share driving duties in the #360 RunUp Nissan GT-R GT3.

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#TBT: Super GT in Kyushu 300km, 2011-2015

For this week’s Throwback Tuesday Thursday, we take a look back at the last five runnings of the Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis. With the 2016 race cancelled due to the damage caused by the Kumamoto earthquakes of April 2016, we are instead looking at the 2011 through 2015 races.

Though Autopolis does not quite have the stature on the calendar that tracks like Fuji Speedway or Suzuka Circuit have, this circuit has produced some incredible moments over the last five times the Autobacs Super GT Series has visited Kyushu – including an all-time last-lap thriller for the ages, two emotional championship-winning moments, and a handful of incredibly dominant performances from both teams and drivers alike.

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Masataka Yanagida joins Richard Lyons at Audi Team Hitotsuyama

Audi Team Hitotsuyama announced their entry into the GT300 class of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series on Tuesday, confirming one of the blockbuster free agent driver signings of the off-season – as two-time GT500 champion Masataka Yanagida will join fellow former GT500 champion Richard Lyons in their Audi R8 LMS.

Audi Team Hitotsuyama, the top-ranked FIA GT3 entry in last year’s GT300 championship, also maintains their excellent relationship with top Audi customer squad W Racing Team (WRT) and their partnership with Dunlop Tyres, which propelled the team to their first winning season and their best-ever result in the GT300 championship in 2016.

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