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2018 Super GT Hot Stove League: The First Glimpse

DISCLAIMER: All of the information is compiled from reputable sources, however, all possible scenarios must be considered speculation unless confirmed by any team, driver, or manufacturer discussed therein.

Racing fans call it Silly Season. Baseball types call it the Hot Stove. Either way, with the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series completed, and preparations beginning for the 2018 season, there is a constant thread that applies to all form of motorsport – that change is inevitable, and that change will happen over the next few months.

The GT500 category is already one of the most competitive classes of racing on earth, and with an influx of potential free agents from outside the series, as well as young stars of the future ready to take their place in the top level of Super GT, the 2017-18 Stove League promises to be one of intrigue.

With the help of the most recent issue of auto sport Magazine of Japan (volume 1470, released on Friday), Super GT World runs down the potential scenarios for Lexus, Honda, and Nissan in the 2018 season to come.

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Super GT’s champions honoured at JAF Motorsports Awards Ceremony

This Friday, the champions of all of Japan’s major national racing championships gathered for the annual JAF (Japan Automobile Federation) Motorsports Awards Ceremony in Tokyo.

The drivers and team directors of Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s, and Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO, were presented their awards for winning their respective classes in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series by the GT Association (GTA) – and they weren’t the only Super GT personalities to win awards this racing season.

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Takaboshi wins All-Japan F3 Championship at Sugo

Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP) top prospect and Super GT driver Mitsunori Takaboshi was crowned the 2017 All-Japan Formula Three Champion at this weekend’s final race meeting at Sportsland SUGO, taking the title by a final margin of eight points over Toyota Young Driver Program (TDP) top star Sho Tsuboi at the end of a grueling twenty-race season.

Tsuboi won Saturday’s penultimate round of the championship, but with a fourth place finish in that same race, Takaboshi clinched the title with one round in hand, becoming the first driver to win the National Class championship and the main game championship since the former was introduced in 2008.

In the final race of the season, Hiroki Otsu took his first career Japanese F3 victory for TODA Racing, after taking a surprise double pole position on Saturday.

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Takaboshi versus Tsuboi showdown at Sugo for All-Japan F3 Championship

As part of the penultimate round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship at Sportsland SUGO, the All-Japan Formula Three Championship will be up for grabs in the final two races of the season.

Two of Japan’s prodigious young racing talents, Mitsunori Takaboshi and Sho Tsuboi, are the only two men left standing after 18 of 20 races this season, and although it’s Takaboshi who still holds a comfortable 19-point lead in the championship going into the final two races, it’s the challenger Tsuboi who has all the momentum on his side.

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