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The Big Names in the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours

This week’s Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours is the premier race on the calendar for the pro-am Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, one of the most diverse endurance racing categories in the world – featuring GT3, GT4, and TCR touring cars mixed with a wide collection of race-tuned production cars.

Super Taikyu is not a full professional series like the GT500 class of Super GT, or Super Formula, but in this race there are many accomplished racing drivers who have achieved stardom both in Japan and abroad. Even some of the less-heralded gentleman drivers have earned a great deal of respect for their contributions inside and outside of motorsport.

At Super GT World, we’ve broken down the entire entry list and highlighted the top teams from the top three classes, and the big-name drivers competing in the lower categories, to help you find a team to support in this weekend’s landmark endurance event.

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Ex-ARTA driver Kobayashi joins Nakayama at Team Upgarage

On Wednesday, Team Upgarage announced their plans for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, their fourth year in the championship – and the first for the racing wing of Japan’s leading used & aftermarket auto parts retailer after spinning off from Racing Project Bandoh.

The team have announced a big-time acquisition as former Autobacs Racing Team Aguri driver and GT500 race winner, Takashi Kobayashi, will move back to the GT300 class to partner 2013 GT300 Drivers’ Champion, Yuhki Nakayama, in the new-look #18 Upgarage Toyota MC86.

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VivaC 86 sets Suzuka course record en route to GT300 pole

Not even 82 additional kilograms of Success Ballast weight was going to stop young dynamo Kenta Yamashita from taking defending GT300 champions VivaC Team Tsuchiya to pole position in the biggest race of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series.

Despite the ballast penalty, Yamashita took his very first Super GT pole position for the 46th International Suzuka 1000km with a new course record, which will put him and his co-drivers Takamitsu Matsui and Tsubasa Kondo right at the front of the field for tomorrow’s final running of the Suzuka 1000km.

They lead a lockout of the top three places of the grid by the Toyota 86 MC by Dome, with the #18 Upgarage Bandoh 86 of Yuhki Nakayama & Shintaro Kawabata qualifying second.

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VivaC Team Tsuchiya score 2nd straight GT300 pole at Sugo

The defending GT300 champions and current GT300 championship leaders kicked off their Super GT Summer Series on the right foot, as the #25 VivaC Toyota 86 MC of Takamitsu Matsui and Kenta Yamashita scored their second straight pole position of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series during qualifying for the Sugo GT 300km Race.

Their second pole of 2017 gives Matsui and Yamashita a bonus point in the championship heading into Sunday’s race – as they’ll lead the field to green as part of an all-Mother Chassis Toyota 86 front row.

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