Every year, Super GT World honours the most outstanding performers in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Super GT World Awards.
In recognition of the individuals whose contributions to the series best exemplify the positive values of sportsmanship, competition, and humanity, Super GT World presents the Shinichi Yamaji Memorial Award. It is named after veteran competitor Shinichi Yamaji (1964-2014), who defined himself and his legacy long after his passing, through a single act of courage in the 1998 All Japan GT Championship.
Last year, there was a unanimous victor, this year, there were seven finalists – but only one could win the award. First, some honourable mentions…
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The 2016 Super GT World Awards recognize the most outstanding individuals from the 2016 Autobacs Super GT Series.
The Shinichi Yamaji Memorial Award is presented to the driver, team, or other individual who best demonstrates the spirit of competition, through their work at the racing circuit, and away from it, through perseverance, sportsmanship, and courage – they embody the positive attributes of Super GT racing.
These attributes defined the life and racing career of the late Shinichi Yamaji (1964 – 2014), an eighteen-year Super GT veteran, and a race winner in both GT500 and GT300 categories. Yamaji is best remembered for an incredible act of heroism on May 4, 1998, when he saved the life of fellow driver Tetsuya Ota after a horrific accident at Fuji Speedway.
In 2016, there was one unanimous choice for this award, one individual who best defined the spirit of competition in Super GT.
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