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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