23 – Ronnie Quintarelli
37 – Nick Cassidy
12 – Daiki Sasaki
16 – Hideki Mutoh
39 – Heikki Kovalainen
17 – Koudai Tsukakoshi
38 – Yuji Tachikawa
3 – Kohei Hirate
6 – Kenta Yamashita
8 – Takuya Izawa
36 – Yuhi Sekiguchi
1 – Naoki Yamamoto
24 – Mitsunori Takaboshi
19 – Sho Tsuboi
64 – Tadasuke Makino
56 – Kazuki Hiramine
25 – Takamitsu Matsui
5 – Natsu Sakaguchi
11 – Hironobu Yasuda
360 – Takayuki Aoki
4 – Tatsuya Kataoka
55 – Shinichi Takagi
34 – Hiroki Otsu
7 – Tomonobu Fujii
88 – Yuya Motojima
61 – Takuto Iguchi
96 – Sena Sakaguchi
65 – Naoya Gamou
10 – Keishi Ishikawa
33 – Shawn Thong
2 – Hiroki Katoh
52 – Shigekazu Wakisaka
720 – Álex Palou
87 – André Couto
30 – Manabu Orido
21 – Richard Lyons
60 – Hiroki Yoshimoto
18 – Takashi Kobayashi
35 – Sean Walkinshaw
9 – Kyosuke Mineo
31 – Yuhki Nakayama
50 – Ryosei Yamashita
22 – Hisashi Wada
48 – Teruhiko Hamano
Fuji Speedway Facts
Located in Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Opened in December 1965
First reconfigured in 1975, modified in 1986, 1993, and renovated again in 2005
Purchased by Toyota Motor Corporation in Autumn 2000
Track Length: 4.563 kilometers / 2.835 miles
Track Width: 15 – 25 meters
Elevation Change: 40 meters
First Super GT Championship Race held in 1994
Race Length: 110 laps / 501.93 kilometers
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- Located less than 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo
- Host of the first All-Japan GT Championship Race on May 1, 1994
- Host of four Formula One Japanese Grands Prix – 1976, 1977, 2007, and 2008
- Host of the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Fuji (formerly the Fuji 1000km)
- Circuit re-opened on April 10, 2005 after 18 months of extensive renovations carried out by Toyota and designer Hermann Tilke
- Will be the road cycling venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics
Yesterday we reported that the Motorsport Network, via their Motorsport TV service, were in line to become the new official international broadcast partner of the Autobacs Super GT Series starting this Saturday with the Fuji GT 500km Race.
We are pleased to learn that Motorsport TV will provide live coverage of the Fuji 500km and the remainder of the 2019 Super GT season, free to all, starting this weekend – instead of placing the series behind Motorsport TV’s premium paywall.
This comes after a statement from Grand Central Entertainment, the producers of the Let’s Go Racing YouTube channel (formerly NISMO TV), stating that they had an unnamed company – which we now know is Motorsport Network – had aggressively bid for exclusive coverage on their platform while Grand Central had a deal in place with Haro Sports & Entertainment, the English-language broadcast distributors for Super GT.
DailySportsCar editor-in-chief Graham Goodwin reported shortly after that it was Motorsport Network who were the unnamed company mentioned by Grand Central/Let’s Go Racing, and it was believed that the series would be made available only to premium Motorsport TV subscribers at a monthly or annual rate.
But, in what we can assume is a response to intense demand from Super GT’s burgeoning international fanbase, every round of the 2019 season will be made available freely on Motorsport TV – a gesture of good faith that is seen as increasingly rare amidst the various criticisms of their ruthless strategy of acquiring various motorsport media outlets and image archives since 2015.
There will be no coverage of official practice and qualifying sessions for the Fuji 500km, however, just the race itself – it can be safely assumed this will continue throughout 2019.
The broadcast team for the English-language coverage of Super GT on Motorsport TV has not yet been confirmed, other than that Sam Collins and Rob Barff will not be a part of the team.
The Autobacs Super GT Series have reportedly found a new international broadcast partner for the remainder of the 2019 season. But there may yet be more acrimony even after the series’ blackout to open the 2019 season has come to an end.
DailySportsCar editor-in-chief Graham Goodwin is reporting that the Motorsport Network have made an aggressive bid to purchase exclusive live streaming rights for the remainder of the 2019 Super GT season, starting with this Saturday’s Fuji GT 500km Race, which will be shown on the premium Motorsport TV service.
Grand Central Entertainment, without directly naming Motorsport Network, revealed in a press release on their Let’s Go Racing YouTube channel that they had been frozen out of being able to provide a free-to-air stream on their own channel for the Fuji 500km and for the rest of the season.
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