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Jenson Button confirms Suzuka 1000km drive with Team Mugen

One of the highest-profile debuts in the history of the Autobacs Super GT Series has finally been made official: 2009 Formula One World Champion, Jenson Button, will make his Super GT race debut at this year’s 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final.

Button, a veteran of over seventeen seasons in Formula 1, will drive for Team Mugen in the #16 Motul Mugen Honda NSX-GT, alongside 2016 Suzuka 1000km pole winner Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima.

Button’s Super GT journey will begin with a mid-week tyre test at Suzuka Circuit on June 6-7, but the excitement of this announcement – a deal that is nine months in the making – will carry on through the 46th and final running of the Suzuka 1000km on August 27th.

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GTA chairman Bandoh weighs in on Honda weight reduction, update on DTM alliance

On Sunday morning, GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh delivered his customary pre-race press conference before the Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis.

Many subjects were addressed during Bandoh’s press conference, as it pertains to Balance of Performance – and in particular, the recent 15 kilogram weight deduction for the Honda NSX-GTs going into this third round of the championship, as well as an update on the agreement between Super GT and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), the 2018 Super GT race at Suzuka Circuit, and of course, Super GT’s return to Autopolis.

Special thanks to our friend Geinou of RacingBlog.de who provided translations of Bandoh’s remarks.

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Bandoh’s Fuji 500km Press Conference: “We support pure competition on all levels”

On the morning of May 4, before the Fuji GT 500km Race, GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh gave his customary Super GT pre-race press conference, updating the media and the fans on the latest developments within the series.

With thanks to our friend Geinou of RacingBlog.de, who provided translations of last Thursday’s comments, here are Chairman Bandoh’s comments about a number of different topics – including the new Suzuka 10 Hours endurance race, Balance of Performance, and the upcoming return to Autopolis circuit on Kyushu island.

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A first look at the 2018 Nissan GT-R GT3

On April 11 and 12th, Nissan and NISMO put their new 2018 Nissan GT-R GT3 to its paces over two days of testing at Fuji Speedway.

Two weeks later, the latest iteration of Nissan’s GT3 challenger finally broke cover, and man, it looks nice, and it’ll be coming to the GT300 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series next season.

The two days of testing drew plenty of positive feedback from test drivers Michael Krumm, Masataka Yanagida, and Mitsunori Takaboshi – but what’s really fascinating is what may or may not be under the bonnet of the new GT-R GT3.

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