In a dramatic first act of the 2018 Pirelli Super Taikyu Series at Suzuka Circuit, it was the #99 Y’s Distraction GTNET Nissan GT-R of Teruhiko Hamano, Kazuki Hoshino, and Kiyoto Fujinami that took the overall and ST-X class victory after 5 hours and 133 laps of racing on Sunday.
The win came following a drive-through penalty assessed to the #24 ThreeBond Nissan Gakuen GT-R of Yuudai Uchida, Tomonobu Fujii, and Kazuki Hiramine for a collision with the Y’s Distraction GT-R in the last 90 minutes of the race, relegating the polesitters to second in a Nissan 1-2 finish to kick off the Pirelli era in Super Taikyu.
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On Monday, the GT Association (GTA) published the entry list for the upcoming second pre-season test for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, to be held at Fuji Speedway on March 24 & 25.
42 cars will take part, as will 90 different drivers, over the two days of the final tune-up before the season gets underway on April 8 at Okayama International Circuit.
The testing lineup is headlined by the GT500 return of James Rossiter, plus the first competitive GT500 test for Toyota young driver Sho Tsuboi, who are expected to race in the Fuji 500km in place of Kazuki Nakajima and Kamui Kobayashi respectively.
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The mighty privateers of Super GT, Tsuchiya Engineering (Team Tsuchiya), announced their driver lineup for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.
Sho Tsuboi, last year’s winner of the Shingo Tachi Memorial Award given to the series’ most outstanding rookie driver, will join Team Tsuchiya’s ace driver Takamitsu Matsui aboard their #25 Toyota 86 MC, with Tsubasa Kondo, the former Porsche Carrera Cup champion of Japan, returning to the team as their third driver.
The announcement comes over uncertainty of their sponsorship situation, with longtime sponsor VivaC currently embroiled in a ¥15 billion JPY bankruptcy case.
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Representing the Autobacs Super GT Series and Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, D’station Racing battled back through two early tyre punctures to finish 13th overall, and 6th in the A6-Pro class, in the Dubai 24 Hours at Dubai Autodrome – the most prestigious pro-am GT & touring car event on the calendar.
The #20 D’station Porsche 911 GT3-R, driven by gentleman driver Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii, Seiji Ara, and Tsubasa Kondo completed 587 laps, ultimately finishing 19 laps down from the eventual winners at Black Falcon Motorsports – but completing all 24 hours of racing and putting in a respectable effort in their first time at the event.
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