On July 28, the GT Association (GTA), the promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, announced the provisional schedule for the 2018 Super GT season.
The 2018 calendar consists of eight races, seven of which will be held domestically in Japan, and one single fly-away round in Thailand. Among the highlights of the new calendar include the return of the Suzuka GT 300km Race on May 19-20, and several existing rounds moving places in the calendar.
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Sportsland SUGO has been established as one of the favourite venues on the Autobacs Super GT Series calendar thanks to countless memorable finishes and thrilling moments – and this Sunday, the circuit staged yet another classic.
In a battle that went down to the final corners of the final lap, the #1 Denso Kobelco SARD Lexus LC500 of Heikki Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate got the upper hand on the #46 S Road Craftsports Nissan GT-R of Satoshi Motoyama and Katsumasa Chiyo, with Hirate and Motoyama clashing wheels with two corners to go on the very last lap of a race that saw weather, attrition, and Safety Cars play major factors in the outcome of the race.
There was also a change at the top of the GT500 championship standings, as the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500 of Kazuya Oshima and Andrea Caldarelli finished third – putting them atop the standings ahead of their Lexus title rivals.
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With the right combination of determined driving, a little luck, and the right tyres for the conditions on the road, the #11 Gainer Tanax Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Katsuyuki Hiranaka and Björn Wirdheim was able to dig deep, and come back from starting 17th on the grid in Sunday’s Sugo GT 300km Race at Sportsland SUGO to win the GT300 class.
The GT300 race was one that saw a number of incidents in predominantly wet conditions, and the chaos of three Safety Car interventions during the race helped create a surprise runner-up in the #50 INGING & Arnage Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 of Akihiro Tsuzuki and Morio Nitta, who finished second ahead of the GT300 Championship leaders, the #25 VivaC Toyota 86 MC of Takamitsu Matsui & Kenta Yamashita.
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GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh gave his customary pre-race press conference to the media on Sunday before the fourth round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series at Sportsland Sugo.
Among the topics discussed at Chairman Bandoh’s press conference were the recent Balance of Performance adjustments in GT500, the speed of the GT300 class cars, and most notably of all – a glimpse into what the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series calendar will look like, including the future of Super GT at Suzuka Circuit.
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