This weekend’s Okayama GT 300km Race will be the first time that the Autobacs Super GT Series’ new two-group qualifying format, introduced in 2018 for the GT300 class, will be used at Okayama.
At the series’ shortest circuits, Okayama International Circuit and Sportsland Sugo, the 29-car GT500 field is divided into two groups – one of 15, one of 14. This year, the top eight cars from both 10-minute Qualifying 1 sessions will advance to the battle for pole position in Qualifying 2. This means that 16 teams will be in Q2, up from 14 teams last season.
Meanwhile positions 17 through 29 are set based on the results in Qualifying 1 for those cars that fail to advance.
The groups for this opening round of the season are decided based on the 2018 GT300 Teams’ Championship standings, in alternating order. With three new teams in the field this year, those teams are sorted in numerical order.
In this qualifying format, Qualifying 1 for the GT500 class is also reduced from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, and the fastest 8 cars will advance into Qualifying 2, while positions 9-15 are set in Q1.
Continue reading 2019 Okayama GT 300km Race: GT300 Qualifying Draw
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.
Continue reading GTA Chairman Bandoh outlines the future of Class One in Okayama press conference
On Monday, the GT Association (GTA), the promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released its key points of revision for the series’ sporting regulations in 2018.
Tighter enforcement of double-file formation starts, a revision of the GT500 success ballast system, and a new qualifying format headline the list of changes that fans can expect for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.
Continue reading Super GT Sporting Regulations updated for 2018
With a championship on the line, the Nissan Motorsports team delivered a stunning lap in time trials when it mattered the most.
The #23 Motul Autech NISMO GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli will start on pole position in GT500 for tomorrow’s final race of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, the Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi – and with their record-setting pole position at the 4.8 kilometer road course, gain a crucial bonus point towards their bid for NISMO’s third GT500 championship in a four-year span.
Continue reading NISMO captures stunning pole position at Motegi