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Super GT chairman Bandoh talks FCY, 2018 Schedule, and Mercedes’ DTM Withdrawal

On Sunday, before the fifth round of the Autobacs Super GT Series at Fuji Speedway, GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh gave his customary pre-race press conference to the media.

A few of the subjects covered included, but were not limited to, the potential introduction of a Full Course Yellow system, Mercedes-AMG’s sudden withdrawal from the DTM and its impacts on a potential collaboration with Super GT, and even the future of the Fuji GT 300km Race itself from 2018 and beyond.

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GTA chairman Bandoh talks 2018 schedule at Sugo press conference

GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh gave his customary pre-race press conference to the media on Sunday before the fourth round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series at Sportsland Sugo.

Among the topics discussed at Chairman Bandoh’s press conference were the recent Balance of Performance adjustments in GT500, the speed of the GT300 class cars, and most notably of all – a glimpse into what the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series calendar will look like, including the future of Super GT at Suzuka Circuit.

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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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News and Notes from Motegi Grand Final weekend

During a busy weekend of racing, our coverage of the Motegi GT Grand Final got compromised a bit by a combination of real-life work commitments and a general lack of sleep.

To make up for that, here’s the miscellaneous news and notes from Friday’s manufacturer press conference, Saturday’s GT-Association press conference with president Masaaki Bandoh, and everything else that wouldn’t fit into the rest of our coverage.

Also, enjoy this picture of Bandoh with the lovable bear Kumamon, in attendance for the weekend as a goodwill ambassador for Kumamoto Prefecture. Continue reading News and Notes from Motegi Grand Final weekend