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Super GT honours its Heroes in Tokyo awards ceremony

On Friday, the GT Association (GTA) held the third annual Super GT Heroes show from the Westin Hotel Tokyo, a postseason awards banquet to commemorate the accomplishments of the teams and drivers in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series.

The awards kept coming in for GT500 Drivers’ Champions Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, GT300 Drivers’ Champions Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka, and the Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s and Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO squads as they were presented with their official championship trophies from the GT Association.

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UPDATED: CarGuy Racing purchases Honda NSX GT3 – planning Super GT entry in ’18

This story has been updated on November 30, 2017.

In just three years, car collector and amateur racing driver Takeshi Kimura has turned his CarGuy brand into one of the most popular automotive and entertainment companies in Japan, aided in large part by their racing activities.

At this weekend’s Shibuya Sports Car Festival in Tokyo, Kimura told fans in a talk show/exhibit that CarGuy Racing – already established in series such as Super Taikyu, Blancpain GT Asia, and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo – have purchased the first Honda NSX GT3 in Japan, and are discussing the possibility of entering the Autobacs Super GT Series in 2018.

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Super GT lays the gauntlet down in Germany

There was a great deal of anticipation in the air on Friday morning at the historic Hockenheimring in Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany, as the cars of the Autobacs Super GT Series completed a successful first test at race speed in the lead up to opening practice for this weekend’s Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) season finale.

Four-time GT500 Drivers’ Champion Ronnie Quintarelli, aboard the 2016 #1 Motul Autech NISMO GT-R, joined reigning GT500 champion Heikki Kovalainen, in the 2016 #093 TRD Lexus LC500 Test Car, for the first of two thirty-minute demonstration runs of the weekend.

In the session, Super GT’s challenge to the DTM was laid down – as Kovalainen recorded an unofficial lap time of 1:29.8, nearly two seconds faster than the best time set in the subsequent DTM free practice session.

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Kovalainen and Quintarelli to demo Super GT cars at DTM finale

Defending GT500 Drivers’ Champion Heikki Kovalainen and four-time GT500 champion Ronnie Quintarelli have been selected to run for their respective manufacturers, as the Autobacs Super GT Series brings their machines to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) season finale at the Hockenheimring circuit in Germany this weekend.

F1 hero Kovalainen will drive the 2016-spec Lexus LC500 Super GT test vehicle, while four-time champ Quintarelli will drive the Motul Autech NISMO GT-R that he raced last season to third in the championship.

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