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Super GT Hot Stove League Update: The Last Pieces of the Puzzle

With all of the GT500 teams and drivers confirmed for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, we can now account for 21 confirmed entries into the GT300 class for next year of an expected 30, with 19 of those teams having two confirmed drivers for this season.

But there are still many prolific teams who have yet to confirm their entries for the 2018 season, including last year’s GT300 championship runners-up at K2 R&D LEON Racing, and series stalwarts like Audi Team Hitotsuyama and Team JLOC.

From the pages of auto sport Magazine, Volume 1474 (which was released digitally this Friday), we can now ascertain what the rest of the grid might look like when it is announced in the weeks to come – with at least one team set to confirm its plans this coming week.

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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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VivaC 86 sets Suzuka course record en route to GT300 pole

Not even 82 additional kilograms of Success Ballast weight was going to stop young dynamo Kenta Yamashita from taking defending GT300 champions VivaC Team Tsuchiya to pole position in the biggest race of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series.

Despite the ballast penalty, Yamashita took his very first Super GT pole position for the 46th International Suzuka 1000km with a new course record, which will put him and his co-drivers Takamitsu Matsui and Tsubasa Kondo right at the front of the field for tomorrow’s final running of the Suzuka 1000km.

They lead a lockout of the top three places of the grid by the Toyota 86 MC by Dome, with the #18 Upgarage Bandoh 86 of Yuhki Nakayama & Shintaro Kawabata qualifying second.

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VivaC Team Tsuchiya score 2nd straight GT300 pole at Sugo

The defending GT300 champions and current GT300 championship leaders kicked off their Super GT Summer Series on the right foot, as the #25 VivaC Toyota 86 MC of Takamitsu Matsui and Kenta Yamashita scored their second straight pole position of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series during qualifying for the Sugo GT 300km Race.

Their second pole of 2017 gives Matsui and Yamashita a bonus point in the championship heading into Sunday’s race – as they’ll lead the field to green as part of an all-Mother Chassis Toyota 86 front row.

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