Kazuya Oshima and Lexus Team LeMans Wako’s led the way on Saturday in the first of a two-day test session for the Autobacs Super GT Series, held under clear yet chilly conditions at Okayama International Circuit.
Oshima drove today’s test on his own in the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500, as his new co-driver for the 2018 Super GT season, Felix Rosenqvist, is in Uruguay this weekend – driving for Mahindra Racing in the Formula E Punta del Este ePrix. In GT300, the #25 Hoppy Toyota 86 MC of Takamitsu Matsui & Sho Tsuboi led the 29-car class, with Matsui setting the car’s fastest lap in the afternoon session.
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Kazuki Nakajima, Kamui Kobayashi, and Felix Rosenqvist are three of Lexus Gazoo Racing’s star drivers for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series. However, because all three drivers will have multiple commitments in the calendar year, all of them will miss at least one round of the Super GT season in 2018 – putting them at very slim odds to win the GT500 Drivers’ Championship.
It’s unfortunate – and it could have been a problem compounded if not for the recent date change of the penultimate round of the season at Autopolis – but it’s not unprecedented in the history of Super GT, as we examine the sagas of five noteworthy “uncrowned champions” in modern series history.
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At this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon, Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA) revealed their 2018 activities in the Autobacs Super GT Series in both GT500 and GT300 categories.
Former Team Kunimitsu driver Takuya Izawa was introduced as the new driver of the #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT during Honda’s Super GT activities announcement, then joined the rest of his ARTA team during their own TAS panel.
Izawa and Tomoki Nojiri will drive the fabled ARTA NSX, while the #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 will be driven by former champion Shinichi Takagi and second-generation sophomore Sean Walkinshaw.
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K2 R&D LEON Racing finished out the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series in stunning and dramatic fashion this Sunday, winning the season-ending Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi with a penultimate-lap pass. It was the second victory of the year for Haruki Kurosawa, Naoya Gamou, and the #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3.
And with a third place finish, the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku AMG of Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka took the GT300 championships for the third time for both Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO, and their two drivers – cementing the team’s legacy as one of the all-time great squads in Super GT history.
Continue reading LEON Racing takes dramatic Motegi victory; Goodsmile Racing win 3rd GT300 title