The 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final is already receiving a boost from some high-profile ex-Formula 1 drivers running this race – headlined by Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion, and Kamui Kobayashi, one of only three Japanese drivers to stand on a Grand Prix podium, both making their Autobacs Super GT Series debuts.
Add one more ex-Formula 1 talent to the list for Suzuka: Christian Klien, ex-Jaguar and Red Bull driver, will join Team Taisan SARD as their third driver alongside Shinnosuke Yamada and Jake Parsons in the #26 Taisan SARD Audi R8 LMS Fukushima, for the sixth round of the 2017 Super GT series.
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Two new drivers, a new team director, and even plans to move to a new headquarters – these are all on the cards for Team Taisan SARD as the team prepares for the 2017 Super GT season in the GT300 category.
The alliance of two legendary Japanese racing factions, Team Taisan and Team SARD, announced they will relocate to a new headquarters in Fukushima Prefecture during the 2017 season.
Team Taisan SARD also announced that championship-winning team director Hideki Noda will take over as team director for the #26 Taisan SARD/Fukushima Audi R8 LMS, which will be driven by the all-new driver combination of 24-year-old Shinnosuke Yamada and 22-year-old Australian rookie Jake Parsons.
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On Monday, the GT Association, promoter and sanctioning body of the Autobacs Super GT Series, published the updated – and completed – entry list of teams and drivers for the 2017 Super GT season, with all 45 teams and 90 drivers that are expected to participate in the series on a full-time basis this season.
The final eleven seats that had yet to be filled on the GT300 grid – including some from a few prolific teams – have now been filled, two weeks before the start of the first official pre-season test at Okayama International Circuit. It includes four rookie drivers, in a group headlined by defending Porsche Supercup champion Sven Müller joining D’Station Racing.
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Another young driver is on the move in the Autobacs Super GT Series, as 24-year-old Shinnosuke Yamada has been confirmed as one of two drivers for the legendary Team Taisan SARD in the 2017 GT300 class.
Yamada joins the Taisan/SARD alliance after spending his rookie year at Team Upgarage with Bandoh, where he helped secure the team’s best results to date in their second year in the series.
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