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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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D’station Racing overcome early adversity to finish 13th in Dubai

Representing the Autobacs Super GT Series and Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, D’station Racing battled back through two early tyre punctures to finish 13th overall, and 6th in the A6-Pro class, in the Dubai 24 Hours at Dubai Autodrome – the most prestigious pro-am GT & touring car event on the calendar.

The #20 D’station Porsche 911 GT3-R, driven by gentleman driver Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii, Seiji Ara, and Tsubasa Kondo completed 587 laps, ultimately finishing 19 laps down from the eventual winners at Black Falcon Motorsports – but completing all 24 hours of racing and putting in a respectable effort in their first time at the event.

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D’Station Racing & Gulf Racing Japan enter Dubai 24 Hours

Porsche’s two customer teams from the Autobacs Super GT Series, D’Station Racing, and Gulf Racing Japan, will enter the 2018 24 Hours of Dubai – the blue riband event of the 24H Series by Creventic – on January 11-13, 2018 at the Dubai Autodrome.

Both teams will enter the top-level A6 category for FIA GT3 cars, with D’Station Racing bringing the upgraded, 2018-spec Porsche 911 GT3-R on track for the first time in advance of their full-season campaigns in Japan.

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ARN Racing win Fuji Super TEC, draw closer to ST-X title

It was the perfect weekend for premier class championship leaders ARN Racing this past weekend, at the Fuji Super TEC 10 Hour Race, the fifth round of the 2017 Super Taikyu Series, and the biggest event of the 2017 calendar.

The #8 Ferrari 488 GT3 of Hiroaki Nagai, Kota Sasaki, and guest driver Tsubasa Mekaru went from pole position, and outlasted the competition in a grueling ten-hour event to take their second straight win of the season. The victory also gives them a massive 19-point lead in the ST-X class championship standings, with just one round left to go in the season.

Further down the running order, Volkswagen took their first win in ST-TCR, and three of the seven class championships were decided – in the ST-2, ST-4, and ST-5 categories.

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