Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, both just 23 years of age, are two of the brightest young stars in the Autobacs Super GT Series – and in all of global motorsport. On Sunday, they took a defining step towards becoming the youngest GT500 champions in series history, by driving the #37 KeePer TOM’s Lexus LC500 to victory in the 66-lap Chang Super GT Race, held at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.
In a race that began under treacherous conditions, Hirakawa and Cassidy overturned an 11-point deficit into a 6-point lead in the standings on the eve of the Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi on November 12.
They led home a Lexus 1-2 finish, ahead of the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500 of Kazuya Oshima & Andrea Caldarelli, who moved into second in the standings, ahead of the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda & Ronnie Quintarelli, who fell to third in the championship tables after a ninth-place finish.
Continue reading Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s seize championship lead with Buriram victory
The #51 JMS P.MU LMcorsa Lexus RC F GT3 of Yuichi Nakayama and Sho Tsuboi took a defining victory in Sunday’s seventh and penultimate round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, the Chang Super GT Race at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.
The young Toyota drivers’ victory from second on the grid moves them into second in the GT300 championship standings, behind the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Nobuteru Taniguchi & Tatsuya Kataoka, which finished a strong second and regained the championship lead with just one race remaining.
Continue reading JMS LM Corsa win at Buriram, Goodsmile Racing re-take GT300 points lead
The seventh round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series is a step into the unknown for the competitors of the GT300 class, whose championship fight is heating up as the series heads to the tropical Southeast Asian kingdom of Thailand, for the Chang Super GT Race at Chang International Circuit in Buriram.
In the fascinating sub-class warfare between the FIA GT3, JAF-GT, and Mother Chassis machines, there’s still yet to be a clear-cut advantage in just three years of racing at Buriram. And entering year four, the picture may not be clear still – especially in terms of the championship, following this penultimate round of the championship.
Continue reading 2017 Chang Super GT Race Preview: GT300 – The Wildcard
Just two rounds remain in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, and the GT500 Championship lies in wait, to be seized by one great team and their great drivers.
For the fourth time, Super GT will voyage out from its native Japan, nearly 3,000 kilometers south in the Indochinese Peninsula in the Kingdom of Thailand, for the 66-lap Chang Super GT Race, held in the city of Buriram at the state-of-the-art, 4.5 kilometer Chang International Circuit.
As the penultimate round of the season, Buriram is becoming familiar enough of a challenge – with its sweltering heat and humidity, and abundance of sweeping corners already proving a hit with the fans – but is still enough of a wild card that it could completely turn the battle for the premier class title on its head at the end of the race.
Continue reading 2017 Chang Super GT Race Preview: GT500 – The Battle At Buriram