On Wednesday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter and sanctioning body of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the Balance of Performance (BoP) tables for the upcoming fifth round of the season, the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race at Fuji Speedway.
The Balance of Performance for the GT300 class is administered by the GTA in association with the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) for the FIA GT3 category cars, with all other BoP adjustments handled by the GTA.
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There will soon be a dawn of a brand-new endurance racing tradition in the Autobacs Super GT Series – on August 4 & 5, Fuji International Speedway plays host to the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race!
It’s the continuation of the event that began as the Japan Special GT Cup, later the Fuji GT 300km Race, and the first time the Fuji 500 Mile Race has been held since 1992.
Here are the times for every session of the 2018 Fuji 500 Miles.
FUJI GT 500 MILE RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE
all times JST
Saturday, 4 August
- 8:40 – 10:25: Practice (1 hour, 45 minutes)
- 14:35 – 15:10: Qualifying Session 1 (15 minutes x 2)
- 15:20 – 15:48: Qualifying Session 2 (10 minutes x 2)
Sunday, 5 August
- 11:55 – 12:15: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
- 13:30 – 18:35: Race (177 laps)
The support bill for the Fuji 500 Miles will include two pivotal races in both the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, and the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan. Rounds 7 and 8 of the F4 Japanese Championship begin at 13:25 JST Saturday afternoon before Super GT qualifying, and 8:00 JST Sunday morning. Rounds 9 and 10 of the PCCJ begin at 16:20 JST Saturday afternoon, and 9:15 JST Sunday morning.
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 fifth round of the 2018 season – Super GT’s newest endurance racing tradition, the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race.
All 44 cars and an even 100 drivers are entered into the Fuji 500 Miles, with 12 third drivers entered into the GT300 class for the biggest race of the season on 4-5 August. Here’s how the entry list shakes down:
Autobacs Racing Team Aguri have won in both classes at the fifth round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, the Fuji GT 300km Race at Fuji Speedway.
The #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT (Tomoki Nojiri/Takashi Kobayashi) led nearly every lap from pole position to score ARTA’s first GT500 class win since 2013, as well as Nojiri’s first career Super GT victory – they also broke a nearly two-year winless drought for Honda in GT500, and in doing so, ended Lexus’ five-race winning streak in GT500 dating back to the end of 2016.
At the end of a long, outstanding battle for 2nd, the #23 Motul Autech GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda/Ronnie Quintarelli) held off the #38 ZENT Cerumo LC500 (Yuji Tachikawa/Hiroaki Ishiura), which took the final podium place.
The #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 (Shinichi Takagi/Sean Walkinshaw) similarly dominated the race in GT300, winning the Fuji 300km from pole for the third year in a row, ahead of the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Nobuteru Taniguchi/Tatsuya Kataoka) in 2nd, which will move into the GT300 Championship lead.
It is ARTA’s first “Double Victory” since the Sugo GT 300km Race in 2013.
Full recaps to follow on Super GT World and at DailySportsCar.com