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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-Württemberg, 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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Caldarelli drives Lamborghini to Blancpain GT Series crown

Autobacs Super GT Series star Andrea Caldarelli, along with co-drivers Christian Engelhart and Mirko Bortolotti, clinched the Blancpain GT Series Teams’ Championship for the Grasser Racing Team and Lamborghini Squadra Corse at the season finale at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

Caldarelli, who drives for Lexus Team Wako’s LeMans in the GT500 class, drove the #63 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 to a third-place finish in Barcelona, enough for him to also clinch a share of the Endurance Cup Drivers’ Championship for 2017, along with the overall series title for his team and co-drivers.

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Super GT, DTM set for cross-promotional demo runs this Autumn

After over three years of negotiations and stalemates, the cars of the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) will run on the same track in the same weekend, as both series have announced demonstration runs at each other’s 2017 championship finales.

It begins on October 14 & 15 at the Hockenheimring Circuit in Germany, where the 2017 Lexus LC500 Super GT and the 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 will do demonstration runs at race speed on the weekend where the DTM crowns its champions.

Then, on November 11 & 12 at the Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi, the DTM will send a selection of cars to do a similar demonstration run – giving fans on both sides of the Eurasian continent an idea of what to expect when both series finally lock horns under the unified Class One regulations.

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