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2019-20 Super GT Stove League: Seasons Greetings!

Happy holidays from Super GT World! While you’re enjoying time with family and friends, we’ve put together another Super GT Stove League update, aggregated from the pages of the latest issue of auto sport Magazine, Volume N° 1522, published digitally this week.

Naturally, this is a followup to the previous update – and gives us a clearer picture of what to expect as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan prepare to unveil their roster of GT500 teams and drivers in advance of the 2020 season, the first under the true Class 1 regulations.

As a standard disclaimer, it should be stated up front that all information contained in this post – while compiled from reputable sources that have connections with the manufacturers involved – is not confirmed as of yet until they are announced by the manufacturers, teams, and drivers involved.

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2019-20 Super GT Stove League: First Strike

It’s that time of year again in the Japanese auto racing season. The cars themselves are silent, but the discussion of the 2020 Autobacs Super GT Series to come is anything but. Welcome to another round of the domestic racing Stove League, the “Silly Season” by another name, the winter period where the pieces of the puzzle that is the 2020 Super GT field start to take shape.

Baseball’s own Stove League is already at full burn, where teams negotiate trades and attempt to sign high-dollar free agents. After battling for Major League Baseball’s World Series, ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg just signed a record-breaking deal to remain with the championship-winning Washington Nationals. Days later, his rival from the Houston Astros, Gerrit Cole, eclipsed Strasbourg’s deal with his own record-setting contract upon joining the New York Yankees.

In Super GT, the money is never a talking point, rather the arrangement of the teams and drivers representing the big three manufacturers in GT500: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Drivers changing teams, young drivers stepping up from GT300 or stepping in from elsewhere, and old veterans fighting to keep their places in the most competitive class in sports car racing.

Using the information from the latest issue of auto sport Magazine (Volume 1521: “Solving the Mystery of 51 Seats”), as well as the reporting from Motorsport.com contributors such as Jamie Klein, here is Super GT World’s guide to how the GT500 field might look in 2020 – and it starts with the biggest story of the off-season to date.

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2018 Super GT Hot Stove League: The First Glimpse

DISCLAIMER: All of the information is compiled from reputable sources, however, all possible scenarios must be considered speculation unless confirmed by any team, driver, or manufacturer discussed therein.

Racing fans call it Silly Season. Baseball types call it the Hot Stove. Either way, with the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series completed, and preparations beginning for the 2018 season, there is a constant thread that applies to all form of motorsport – that change is inevitable, and that change will happen over the next few months.

The GT500 category is already one of the most competitive classes of racing on earth, and with an influx of potential free agents from outside the series, as well as young stars of the future ready to take their place in the top level of Super GT, the 2017-18 Stove League promises to be one of intrigue.

With the help of the most recent issue of auto sport Magazine of Japan (volume 1470, released on Friday), Super GT World runs down the potential scenarios for Lexus, Honda, and Nissan in the 2018 season to come.

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A weekend of mixed fortunes for Super GT stars at Macau

The 64th Macau Grand Prix weekend will go down as one of the wildest runnings of the prestigious street race. The Formula 3 World Cup saw the two leaders crash on the final corner on the final lap, resulting in a come-from-behind victory for Red Bull Junior Team prospect Dan Ticktum. A bizarre twelve-car pileup in the FIA GT World Cup qualifying race took five drivers out of the rest of the weekend.

In amongst the chaos, current and former stars of the Autobacs Super GT Series and other Japanese championships enjoyed mixed success. The successes were highlighted by a landmark WTCC podium for former GT500 champion Ryo Michigami in the fabled Guia Race of Macau, top-ten finishes for Tadasuke Makino in the F3 Grand Prix, as well as Hiroki Yoshimoto and Augusto Farfus in the GT World Cup.

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