Kazuya Oshima and Lexus Team LeMans Wako’s led the way on Saturday in the first of a two-day test session for the Autobacs Super GT Series, held under clear yet chilly conditions at Okayama International Circuit.
Oshima drove today’s test on his own in the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500, as his new co-driver for the 2018 Super GT season, Felix Rosenqvist, is in Uruguay this weekend – driving for Mahindra Racing in the Formula E Punta del Este ePrix. In GT300, the #25 Hoppy Toyota 86 MC of Takamitsu Matsui & Sho Tsuboi led the 29-car class, with Matsui setting the car’s fastest lap in the afternoon session.
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Happy days are here for Tsuchiya Engineering, as on Monday, the three-time GT300 champions announced that Hoppy Beverage Company, brewers of Japan’s leading brand of non-alcoholic beer, will become the title sponsor of their entry into the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.
The new-look #25 Hoppy Toyota 86 MC will be driven by Takamitsu Matsui, Sho Tsuboi, and Tsubasa Kondo this season, as their team celebrated their new deal over the weekend.
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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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With an all-new, all-rookie driver lineup and one of the most capable cars in the GT300 field, Team Mach have serious ambitions of moving up from the back of the pack in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series.
On Wednesday, Team Mach and GTNET Motor Sports formally announced the team’s complete structure for the 2017 season.
The #5 Mach Syaken Toyota 86 MC GTNET will once again feature the familiar colours of the famous Mach 5 of Mach GoGoGo/Speed Racer fame, but this year, they’ll also have the support of defending GT300 champions, Tsuchiya Engineering, as Takeshi Tsuchiya joins the team as an engineering advisor as part of a completely restructured organisation.
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