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Lester, Mineo join Gulf Racing with Pacific

Gulf Racing with Pacific announced on Thursday their entry into the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series GT300 class, with the same Porsche 911 GT3-R (991) and tyre supplier from Yokohama, but a completely overhauled driver lineup.

Former GT300 Drivers’ Champion Kyosuke Mineo will partner New Zealand’s Jono Lester in the familiar colours of the #9 Gulf NAC Porsche 911 this upcoming season, replacing Ryohei Sakaguchi and Hiroki Yoshida.

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Super GT’s 7 Most Dominant Champions

Throughout its quarter-century of history, the Autobacs Super GT Series has been one of the most closely-contested championships in racing every year. That is entirely by design.

When the series was established in 1993 as the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC), they sought to curtail the lopsided runs of dominance that had hampered their predecessors, the All-Japan Sports Prototype Championship (JSPC), which had been thoroughly dominated by Porsche throughout the 1980s, then Nissan in the early ’90s before the series folded.

This was also at a time when the Nissan Skyline GT-R had so thoroughly dominated the All-Japan Touring Car Championship (JTCC) that it won every race it entered from 1990 to 1993, and driven all of their competition down to the lower categories.

Through aggressive weight handicaps, engine restrictions, and an ever-tightening rulebook, establishing comprehensive dominance in a season of Super GT competition was always going to be difficult, and in recent years, as the level of competition has risen with every passing year in both GT500 and GT300 categories, it’s now even harder to be a truly dominant champion in the series.

But on rare occasions, there comes a team, a car, and a set of drivers that can establish dominance throughout the course of a season, and in the ultra-competitive environment of Super GT, which has seen the GT500 title decided in the final race of the season 21 out of 23 times, which has seen the GT300 title decided on a tiebreaker in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007, these dominant runs become even more special.

Keeping that in mind as Super GT World presents its list of the 7 most dominant championship-winning seasons in the history of the top class of Japanese motorsport.

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Super GT legends power Audi to sayonara 1-2 victory

It was the perfect way to bring the story of modern day endurance racing’s greatest modern day dynasty: Audi Sport Team Joest, competing in their final race in the LMP1 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship, took a lights-to-flag victory and a 1-2 finish in the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

The well-documented connection between Audi and the Autobacs Super GT Series helped to power a great portion of Audi’s eighteen years of record-shattering excellence in the top levels of endurance racing. And that connection was in play as they took their 107th, and, for the forseeable future, their final win. Former GT500 champion Loïc Duval, former Suzuka 1000km winner Oliver Jarvis, along with Lucas di Grassi scored the victory in the #8 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro prototype.

Finishing second, the #7 Audi of Marcel Fässler, joined as he has been for the last seven seasons by two of Super GT’s greatest foreign drivers: Two-time GT500 champion André Lotterer, and 2008 GT500 champion Benoît Tréluyer. Continue reading Super GT legends power Audi to sayonara 1-2 victory