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The Big Names in the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours

This week’s Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours is the premier race on the calendar for the pro-am Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, one of the most diverse endurance racing categories in the world – featuring GT3, GT4, and TCR touring cars mixed with a wide collection of race-tuned production cars.

Super Taikyu is not a full professional series like the GT500 class of Super GT, or Super Formula, but in this race there are many accomplished racing drivers who have achieved stardom both in Japan and abroad. Even some of the less-heralded gentleman drivers have earned a great deal of respect for their contributions inside and outside of motorsport.

At Super GT World, we’ve broken down the entire entry list and highlighted the top teams from the top three classes, and the big-name drivers competing in the lower categories, to help you find a team to support in this weekend’s landmark endurance event.

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Tomita & Shinohara join Lyons at Audi Team Hitotsuyama

On Tuesday, Audi Team Hitotsuyama announced their participation plans for the upcoming 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, and also declared their entry into the 2018 Suzuka 10 Hours.

Following a dismal 2017 followup to their impressive 2016 season, Audi Team Hitotsuyama will once again re-tool their driver lineup around team leader Richard Lyons, who will now be joined by former Gainer driver Ryuichiro Tomita for the 2018 season.

Looking towards the future of Japanese motorsport, Audi Team Hitotsuyama have also drafted in 23-year-old FIA F4 graduate Takuro Shinohara as their third driver for the 2018 season, serving as an apprentice under the experienced duo of Lyons and Tomita.

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GT300 Hot Stove League Updates: The Ever-Rising Standard

The field in the Autobacs Super GT Series is starting to come together, following a raft of driver and team announcements during the Tokyo Auto Salon in January.

This edition of the Hot Stove League updates comes courtesy of the upcoming February 2nd issue of auto sport Magazine, with a focus on a GT300 field that projects to see thirty cars on the grid for 2018 – perhaps more – and also focuses on what the future brings for three GT500 drivers from 2017 who seem destined for a hard-luck relegation to what is, still, a very competitive GT300 category.

There will also be more shuffling within the ranks of the established GT300 players, as outlined in this latest batch of Silly Season rumours from the Japanese magazine.

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Dual-branded GT300 assault for Gainer in 2017

Gainer, Inc. have announced their two-car, dual-manufacturer entry for the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series GT300 category, with Katsuyuki Hiranaka and Björn Wirdheim driving the #11 Gainer Tanax Mercedes-AMG GT3, and Ryuichiro Tomita returning to drive the #10 Gainer Tanax Nissan GT-R GT3, alongside newly hired co-driver Hiroki Yoshida.

Gainer and their two-car team will once again be equipped with Dunlop tyres for the 2017 season, a partnership that began in 2010, and will continue for its eighth season in succession. Longtime former Super GT driver, Tetsuya Tanaka, will serve as the team director for both cars.

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