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2019-20 Super GT Stove League: First Strike

It’s that time of year again in the Japanese auto racing season. The cars themselves are silent, but the discussion of the 2020 Autobacs Super GT Series to come is anything but. Welcome to another round of the domestic racing Stove League, the “Silly Season” by another name, the winter period where the pieces of the puzzle that is the 2020 Super GT field start to take shape.

Baseball’s own Stove League is already at full burn, where teams negotiate trades and attempt to sign high-dollar free agents. After battling for Major League Baseball’s World Series, ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg just signed a record-breaking deal to remain with the championship-winning Washington Nationals. Days later, his rival from the Houston Astros, Gerrit Cole, eclipsed Strasbourg’s deal with his own record-setting contract upon joining the New York Yankees.

In Super GT, the money is never a talking point, rather the arrangement of the teams and drivers representing the big three manufacturers in GT500: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Drivers changing teams, young drivers stepping up from GT300 or stepping in from elsewhere, and old veterans fighting to keep their places in the most competitive class in sports car racing.

Using the information from the latest issue of auto sport Magazine (Volume 1521: “Solving the Mystery of 51 Seats”), as well as the reporting from Motorsport.com contributors such as Jamie Klein, here is Super GT World’s guide to how the GT500 field might look in 2020 – and it starts with the biggest story of the off-season to date.

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Lotterer announces Super Formula retirement after 15 seasons

One of the greatest drivers in the history of auto racing has announced his retirement from the Japanese Super Formula Championship.

André Lotterer, the 2011 series champion, announced Thursday that he would no longer race in Super Formula after fifteen seasons in the series Рa career that made him the most successful foreign driver in Japanese Top Formula racing history, and also laid the groundwork for one of the most successful endurance racing careers of all time.

The decision comes as Lotterer takes on new challenges in racing in 2018, and with his career at a crossroads at 36 years of age, the German racing legend opted to call time on his single-seater career.

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Mobcast Inc. finalizing purchase of TOM’s

Mobile gaming and entertainment developer Mobcast Inc. announced on Wednesday that they have finalized the details of a purchase of 100 percent of TOM’s Co. Ltd, the parent company of TOM’s Racing.

Valued at over ¬•1.7 billion JPY, Mobcast’s purchase of TOM’s adds to their portfolio one of Japan’s most renowned automotive partsmakers, tuners, and racing teams – and over twenty-five major racing championships between Super GT, Super Formula, and All-Japan Formula Three, pending the completion of the sale on February 28, 2018.

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Super GT stars representing at 2017 Macau Grand Prix

Four current and two former stars from the Autobacs Super GT Series will take part in the 64th running of the Macau Grand Prix on the weekend of November 19, 2017, which includes the historic Formula 3 Grand Prix, and the FIA GT World Cup, both run on the demanding 6.1 kilometer Guia Circuit.

Yuhi Sekiguchi, Kenta Yamashita, and Sho Tsuboi will lead the Japanese contingent in the Formula 3 race, while Hiroki Yoshimoto will represent Japan in the all-pro GT World Cup – two events stacked with top-flight talent from top to bottom.

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