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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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Nissan announces 2018 Super GT programmes

On Monday, Nissan and NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) announced their global motorsports plans for 2018, including their team and driver lineups for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.

Nissan enters four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500s, aiming to recapture the championships it won in 2014 and 2015. Nissan won five out of eight races in 2016 and missed the 2017 title by a mere 2 points. They will also enter GT300 with two newly evolved 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s and two of the previous 2015-spec GT-R GT3s.

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Nissan announces revamped Super GT programme

Nissan announced their 2017 motorsport activities on Friday night, completing the GT500 grid for the 2017 season with the final four entries, and adding one more factory-supported GT300 team to the grid.

Former GT Academy graduate and Nissan factory driver Jann Mardenborough has been promoted to GT500 to drive the legendary Calsonic Nissan GT-R for Team Impul, replacing Brazilian João Paulo de Oliveira, who moves back to Kondo Racing for the first time since 2010.

NDDP Racing, Nissan’s works GT300 squad, brings back young standout NISMO Global Athlete Mitsunori Takaboshi to Super GT full-time in 2017.

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TOM’s, Kaz Nakajima fastest again as testing resumes at Sepang

Super GT testing resumed at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, for the third day of a four-day manufacturer and tyre test involving Nissan, Honda, Lexus, and Toyota.

With the resumption of testing on a cloudy, humid afternoon came a few new faces to the paddock – including Jann Mardenborough, Katsumasa Chiyo, Ryo Hirakawa, and Daisuke Ito, who all took their first laps around Sepang in the 2017 GT500 challengers.

But at the top of the time sheets for the second consecutive day was the returning World Endurance Championship star Kazuki Nakajima, who set the quickest lap of the day for Lexus Team au TOM’s and their Lexus LC500 in the morning session.

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