On Sunday morning, before the start of the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series opening round at Okayama International Circuit, GT Association (GTA) Chairman, Masaaki Bandoh, spoke to the Japanese media in his first pre-race press conference of 2018.
Bandoh-san’s main focus for his press conference was to outline Super GT’s future plans in their collaboration with the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) championship, including joint-promoted exhibition races that could take place as soon as 2019, and the proposal of a “world championship” between the two series in the near future.
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Super GT driver Yusaku Shibata suffered injuries to his back in a crash during Sunday’s season-opening Okayama GT 300km Race at Okayama International Circuit, according to a Facebook post from his team, Tomei Sports (RunUp Sports).
The incident occured on the 18th lap for the GT300 class runners, when the #360 RunUp Rivaux Nissan GT-R of Shibata was hit from behind by the #34 Modulo Kenwood Honda NSX GT3 of Ryo Michigami, sending Shibata’s car head-on into the outside concrete barrier on approach to the Hairpin Curve (Turn 5).
44-year old Shibata was attended to by Super GT’s First Response Operation (FRO) team, and then taken via ambulance to the circuit’s medical center after complaining of pain in his back. Shibata was later airlifted after the race to a nearby hospital in Kurashiki, where he was diagnosed with a thoracic compression fracture in his back – which may sideline him for up to 10 weeks.
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The GT Association (GTA) and Okayama International Circuit have released the weekend schedule for the season-opening Okayama GT 300km Race, which takes place on 7-8 April.
OKAYAMA GT 300KM RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE
all times JST
Saturday, 7 April
- 9:00 – 10:45: Practice (1 hour, 45 minutes)
- 14:45 – 15:20: Qualifying Session 1 (15 minutes x 2)
- 15:30 – 15:58: Qualifying Session 2 (10 minutes x 2)
Sunday, 8 April
- 13:05 – 13:25: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
- 14:40: Race (82 laps)
The series is supported this weekend by the FIA F4 Japanese Championship and the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan. The 15-lap FIA F4 races will start on Saturday at 13:50 JST, and Sunday at 8:35 JST. The 15-lap PCCJ races will start on Saturday at 16:30 JST, and Sunday at 11:35 JST.
Below the cut are the session times for other major regions of the world including Europe, the United States, and the United Kingdom & Ireland.
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On Monday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the entry list for the opening round of the 2018 season, the Okayama GT 300km Race at Okayama International Circuit on 7-8 April.
A full field of 44 cars are entered for this season-opening round, with the 15 GT500 challengers complimented by a grid of 29 GT300 cars.