The mighty privateers of Super GT, Tsuchiya Engineering (Team Tsuchiya), announced their driver lineup for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.
Sho Tsuboi, last year’s winner of the Shingo Tachi Memorial Award given to the series’ most outstanding rookie driver, will join Team Tsuchiya’s ace driver Takamitsu Matsui aboard their #25 Toyota 86 MC, with Tsubasa Kondo, the former Porsche Carrera Cup champion of Japan, returning to the team as their third driver.
The announcement comes over uncertainty of their sponsorship situation, with longtime sponsor VivaC currently embroiled in a ¥15 billion JPY bankruptcy case.
Continue reading Team Tsuchiya adds top rookie Sho Tsuboi
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.
Continue reading GT300 Hot Stove League Updates: The Ever-Rising Standard
Toyota Techno Craft (TTC) took five of their supported cars from the Autobacs Super GT Series, as well as TOM’s two cars from the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship and the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, to Fuji Speedway for a private test primarily for the GT500 cars.
Four Lexus LC500s, plus a lone GT300 class Lexus RC F GT3, were on hand for the test which was interrupted by a flurry of snow on a cold January morning at the circuit.
The #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500, one of four Lexus sporting their revised 2018 aero package, set the fastest time of the test with a 1:28.483 – but it was an eagle-eyed observer who spotted the biggest story of the test: Felix Rosenqvist, the current FIA Formula E Championship leader, driving the blue and pink number 6.
Continue reading Snow disrupts Toyota tyre test at Fuji; Rosenqvist runs for Team LeMans
Every year, Super GT World honours the most outstanding performers in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Super GT World Awards.
Super GT World recognizes the most outstanding individual driver per each category with the Driver of the Year awards. In the GT300 class, there were more than 60 full-time competitors in the most competitive field of all time. But only one driver could be given our prestigious Driver of the Year award for the “super sanbyaku” class.
Before announcing our finalists and winners, first, a recognition of the drivers worthy of honourable mention…
Continue reading 2017 Super GT World Awards: GT300 Driver of the Year