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2019 Super GT World Awards: Panel Selected Awards

Every year, Super GT World honours the finest individuals in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the annual Super GT World Awards.

This entry in Super GT World contains the winners of four of the panel-selected awards categories for 2019: The Clubman Driver of the Year Award, the International Driver of the Year Award, the Manager of the Year Award, and, the Shingo Tachi Memorial Award for the Rookie of the Year.

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2018 Super GT World Awards: Shingo Tachi Memorial Award

Every year, Super GT World honours the most outstanding performers in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Super GT World Awards.

The Shingo Tachi Memorial Award is given annually to the most outstanding rookie driver in Super GT across both GT500 and GT300 categories.

The award is named in honour of the late Shingo Tachi, who set numerous JGTC/Super GT records in his debut year in 1998, winning the GT300 Drivers’ Championship with Keiichi Suzuki, scoring five wins from six races and finishing with the first 100+ point season in series history. On March 11, 1999, Tachi passed away after injuries sustained in a pre-season testing crash at 21 years of age. This award is presented annually to honour the legacy of Shingo Tachi.

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2017 Super GT World Awards: Shingo Tachi Memorial Award

Every year, Super GT World honours the most outstanding performers in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Super GT World Awards.

The Shingo Tachi Memorial Award is given annually to the most outstanding first year driver in Super GT across both GT500 and GT300 categories. It is named after 1998 GT300 Drivers’ Champion Shingo Tachi (1977-1999), who in his first and only season in a tragically shortened career, won the championship and set several unmatchable rookie records along the way.

Here were the finalists, followed by the winner, of this prestigious award.

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2016 Super GT World Awards: Shingo Tachi Memorial Award

The 2016 Super GT World Awards recognize the most outstanding individuals from the 2016 Autobacs Super GT Series.

To honour the most outstanding first-year driver in all of Super GT, the best rookie driver will be presented with the Shingo Tachi Memorial Award. There is no more fitting namesake than Tachi (1977 – 1999), who in his debut season in 1998, set a number of landmark records as a rookie – winning the GT300 Drivers’ Championship alongside Keiichi Suzuki with a record five wins, 106 points, and becoming the youngest champion in series history at the time.

When Tachi died in a testing accident on March 11, 1999, just weeks before his GT500 debut, the motorsport world lost one of its most promising young superstars. His memory carries on as the namesake to our prize for the driver who immediately set the benchmark of excellence upon their arrival.

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