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.
Continue reading VivaC 86 sets Suzuka course record en route to GT300 pole
The GT Association, sanctioning body and promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, have officially published the entry list for the 46th and final running of the International Suzuka 1000km at Suzuka Circuit on August 26-27.
Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion Jenson Button and Le Mans track record holder Kamui Kobayashi headline the list of 103 drivers representing 45 teams in the field for the last running of the Suzuka summer endurance race as we know it now.
Continue reading Entry List: 46th International Suzuka 1000km
With an all-new, all-rookie driver lineup and one of the most capable cars in the GT300 field, Team Mach have serious ambitions of moving up from the back of the pack in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series.
On Wednesday, Team Mach and GTNET Motor Sports formally announced the team’s complete structure for the 2017 season.
The #5 Mach Syaken Toyota 86 MC GTNET will once again feature the familiar colours of the famous Mach 5 of Mach GoGoGo/Speed Racer fame, but this year, they’ll also have the support of defending GT300 champions, Tsuchiya Engineering, as Takeshi Tsuchiya joins the team as an engineering advisor as part of a completely restructured organisation.
Continue reading Team Mach partners with Tsuchiya Engineering for 2017
Not even the addition of a former GT500 champion driver could keep Team Mach from avoiding the GT300 cellar for the second consecutive season, a disheartening run of form in 2016 to say the least.