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Team Taisan confirm Yamada, Kawabata for 2018

One of Super GT’s oldest and most successful GT300 competitors, Team Taisan confirmed their 2018 plans for the Autobacs Super GT Series – and under surprising circumstances, in a press release marked for January 31 but only published this past week by their team partner, the Nagano Auto Sports Club.

Team Taisan announced that they would end their two-year collaboration with SARD Racing, with Yasutsune “Ricky” Chiba’s team reverting back to independent status and veteran driver Shinji Nakano joining the team as their managing supervisor.

They also announced that Shinnosuke Yamada would return to the team, to partner former Team Upgarage driver Shintaro Kawabata, in the #26 Taisan Audi R8 LMS for 2018.

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Ex-ARTA driver Kobayashi joins Nakayama at Team Upgarage

On Wednesday, Team Upgarage announced their plans for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, their fourth year in the championship – and the first for the racing wing of Japan’s leading used & aftermarket auto parts retailer after spinning off from Racing Project Bandoh.

The team have announced a big-time acquisition as former Autobacs Racing Team Aguri driver and GT500 race winner, Takashi Kobayashi, will move back to the GT300 class to partner 2013 GT300 Drivers’ Champion, Yuhki Nakayama, in the new-look #18 Upgarage Toyota MC86.

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K2 R&D LEON Racing seek GT300 championship in 2018

Runners-up in the GT300 championships in 2017, and winners of two of the last three Super GT races, K2 R&D LEON Racing announced their participation in the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.

The #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3, which won its class at both the Suzuka 1000km, and the Motegi GT Grand Final, will once again be driven by veteran owner-driver Haruki Kurosawa, and the outstanding Naoya Gamou, who return for their fourth full season together – as they look to improve one spot in the standings.

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Tomita & Shinohara join Lyons at Audi Team Hitotsuyama

On Tuesday, Audi Team Hitotsuyama announced their participation plans for the upcoming 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, and also declared their entry into the 2018 Suzuka 10 Hours.

Following a dismal 2017 followup to their impressive 2016 season, Audi Team Hitotsuyama will once again re-tool their driver lineup around team leader Richard Lyons, who will now be joined by former Gainer driver Ryuichiro Tomita for the 2018 season.

Looking towards the future of Japanese motorsport, Audi Team Hitotsuyama have also drafted in 23-year-old FIA F4 graduate Takuro Shinohara as their third driver for the 2018 season, serving as an apprentice under the experienced duo of Lyons and Tomita.

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