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#TBT: Super GT in Kyushu 300km, 2011-2015

For this week’s Throwback Tuesday Thursday, we take a look back at the last five runnings of the Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis. With the 2016 race cancelled due to the damage caused by the Kumamoto earthquakes of April 2016, we are instead looking at the 2011 through 2015 races.

Though Autopolis does not quite have the stature on the calendar that tracks like Fuji Speedway or Suzuka Circuit have, this circuit has produced some incredible moments over the last five times the Autobacs Super GT Series has visited Kyushu – including an all-time last-lap thriller for the ages, two emotional championship-winning moments, and a handful of incredibly dominant performances from both teams and drivers alike.

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#TBT: Fuji GT 500km Race, 2012-2016

It’s time for another Throwback Tuesday segment, this time, reviewing the last five runnings of the Fuji GT 500km Race, the Golden Week classic at Fuji International Speedway.

In these last five years, we’ve seen historic milestones – from the first wins for a hybrid vehicle and a Super GT star of the future, to the final career victory for a legend of the series – and many incredible battles for the win in between.

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What would a Super GT throwback race look like?

Two weeks ago, NASCAR held the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, a crown jewel race whose history predates the Daytona 500. To celebrate the history of the sport, an overwhelming majority of the teams paid tribute with retro-themed liveries, derived from famous cars of years past.

NASCAR sort of got the idea from the Australian Supercars series, which had a throwback race of its own this weekend, the Sandown 500k. And again, a few teams in the field took the opportunity to race with retro liveries and honour the history of the sport.

There is quite a lot of history in the Super GT Series, for the teams, for the drivers, for the legendary figures who help run the sport. Even extending beyond the history of the series itself. And it’d be amazing to see the series use one round to pay tribute to its history with a throwback race of its own, with most of the teams using retro liveries. But what would such a race look like? What would the cars look like?

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