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Toyota Gazoo Racing outlines 2018 Super GT Activities

Toyota Gazoo Racing announced their global motorsports activities for the 2018 season in a press release on Thursday, and with it, outlined their participation for the Autobacs Super GT Series.

Super GT series is the top category of Japanese car racing, and in 2018, Lexus Gazoo Racing will continue to enter the Lexus LC 500. Lexus Gazoo Racing will support 6 teams and 6 vehicles through TRD. In the GT300 class, Toyota Gazoo Racing will enter 2 Toyota Prius and 3 Lexus RC F GT3 models.

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Grand Prix heroes Kobayashi & Kovalainen join forces at Lexus Team SARD

With nearly 180 Formula 1 World Championship appearances between them over 12 combined seasons, Heikki Kovalainen of Finland and Kamui Kobayashi of Japan were two of F1’s pound-for-pound best talents of the last ten seasons.

Now, in a field also boasting 2009 World Champion Jenson Button at Honda, and second-generation F1 alumni Kazuki Nakajima at Lexus, Kobayashi and Kovalainen will form a veritable “super team” at Lexus Team SARD, when the 2016 GT500 Champion Kovalainen and the Toyota Gazoo Racing superstar Kobayashi join forces to drive the #39 Denso Kobelco SARD Lexus LC500 – already a legendary Super GT car in its own right.

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Felix Rosenqvist enters Super GT with Lexus Team Wako’s LeMans

At 26 years of age, Felix Rosenqvist has already established himself as a modern-day throwback to the days where a driver would race any car, anywhere, and win races around the world. He’s a Formula 3 Champion, a two-time winner of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix, and a standout of the FIA Formula E Championship.

On Thursday, as part of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Motorsport Activity announcement, Rosenqvist was officially confirmed to make his Autobacs Super GT Series debut in 2018, driving the #6 Wako’s 4CR Lexus LC500 for Lexus Team Wako’s LeMans alongside Kazuya Oshima.

Rosenqvist will combine his Super GT duties with his primary involvement in Formula E, as he continues his activities in Japan after debuting last year with Team LeMans in Super Formula in a sensational rookie season.

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Yamashita promoted to full-time GT500 status with WedsSport Bandoh

Kenta Yamashita, the top prospect of the Toyota Young Driver Programme (TDP), will make his full-time GT500 class debut in the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.

The 22-year-old driver from Chiba, who won the 2016 All-Japan Formula Three Championship and put in a sensational performance in that year’s Macau Grand Prix, will drive alongside Yuji Kunimoto in the #19 WedsSport Advan Lexus LC500, riding on Yokohama Advan tyres.

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