The complexion of Nissan and NISMO’s entry into the premier class of the Autobacs Super GT Series will be different in 2018, thanks to the arrival of NDDP Racing with B-Max, who will step up from the GT300 class to the GT500 class this season.
With legendary former driver and team director Masahiro Hasemi at the helm of the operation, the #3 Craftsports Motul Nissan GT-R will be a threat for the title as they take the place of past GT500 and GT300 champions MOLA International on the grid.
The team have also brought in MOLA’s two drivers over the previous two seasons: Three-time GT500 champion Satoshi Motoyama, and 2015 Blancpain GT Endurance Cup champion Katsumasa Chiyo, who are both ready to make a serious push for wins and podiums in 2018.
Continue reading NDDP Racing and B-Max step up to GT500 with Motoyama & Chiyo
From Volume 1471 of auto sport Magazine, which hit newsstands in Japan today, we have the first updates on the GT300 side of Super GT’s 2017-18 “Hot Stove League” – the perennial silly season shuffle.
The proper arrival of the Honda NSX GT3 is going to have a significant impact in GT3 racing worldwide, up to and including Super GT – but as outlined by the staff of auto sport, there’s a chance that it creates a ripple effect throughout the most competitive GT300 field in Super GT history.
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.
Continue reading GT300 Hot Stove League: Honda’s Impact on 2018
The #16 Motul Mugen Honda NSX-GT of Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima was the fastest car on the first day of the two-day Official Test Session for the Autobacs Super GT Series at Sportsland Sugo.
Leading a Honda 1-2 order at the top of the GT500 standings, the fastest time of the Mugen NSX and the #17 Keihin NSX-GT (Koudai Tsukakoshi/Takashi Kogure) were separated by just 0.008 seconds in the afternoon session on Saturday!
Continue reading Mugen NSX leads Honda 1-2 in first leg of Sugo test
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.
Continue reading #TBT: Super GT in Kyushu 300km, 2011-2015