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12th April 2013, 23:11 at 11:11 pm #133002
If you’re familiar with the Castrol Supra and Calsonic Skyline from games like Gran Turismo, yep, this is where they raced, and the series is only a little different now.
Two-class racing here, first the premier GT500 class – 3.4L V8 powered, front-engined silhouette cars built by Lexus, Nissan and Honda. Next year will possibly have a new formula as the SuperGT formula unifies with DTM from 2014. These cars were much faster than FIA GT1 spec cars, with more sophisticated aerodynamics.
Then there’s GT300 – which, as of a couple of years ago, may as well be shortened to just GT3 – as FIA GT3-spec cars have come into vogue and dominated in this class, but there are still purpose-built GT300 silhouette cars competing modeled after things like Subaru BRZs, Honda CR-Zs and yes, there’s even a Prius. If the “spec” formula, tube-frame GT500 cars are offputting to you, this class might be more up your alley.
There’s driver changes, weight handicaps added after every race to balance the field, races are generally 300km except the two major races – a 500km in Fuji, and the biggest race, the Suzuka 1000km, and multiple tyre manufacturers involved in both classes.
Present and Former SuperGT Drivers You may Recognize™: Active – Satoshi Motoyama, Kazuki Nakajima, Ralph Firman, Kosuke Matsuura, James Rossiter, Bjorn Wirdheim, Michael Krumm; Former – Aguri Suzuki, Erik Comas, Pedro de la Rosa, Yuji Ide, David Brabham, Ralf Schumacher, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer16th April 2013, 17:53 at 5:53 pm #231903
The full video of Round 1 from Okayama (TI-Aida) Circuit is now back up on YouTube (Japanese commentary only).17th April 2013, 1:49 at 1:49 am #231904
I first learned of this series while standing in a bookstore in a mall in Bangkok several years ago and looking at the auto magazines spotted one dedicated to this series. The cover featured some Lexus that was ridiculously wide and insanely low and I wondered what the heck these cars were all about. I’ve followed the series a bit, but it’s tough besides youtube and not having any english commentary. The racing is fantastic and the Gt3 class is outstanding with the SLS’s and Lambo’s etc. I think the series visits Malaysia for a round as well. Would love to see this series catch on more and what will the link with DTM mean exactly?17th April 2013, 11:04 at 11:04 am #231905
I think the DTM link brings the specifications of the DTM and GT500 cars into line. They’re also planning on starting an American DTM championship in a couple of years time which will use the same specs, so hopefully it’ll mean Audi, BMW and Mercedes in SuperGT’s 500 class, and Honda, Lexus and Nissan in the DTM, along with all 6 in DTM USA in 201518th April 2013, 23:28 at 11:28 pm #231906
@abdurahman Motors TV had done english-commentary broadcasts a few years back, but no longer. The closest it’s been to being shown on American television was 1-hour highlight shows on Speedvision (pre-2002) during the winter offseason months, and that was only briefly. You’d think they’d at least try and capitalize on the series’ cars being included in the GT and Forza games and such.
Entry list for Round 2 – Fuji 500km – is published, including weight handicaps added from the previous event. A few of the smaller GT300 entrants have third drivers. That race is next weekend.21st April 2013, 15:30 at 3:30 pm #231907
Exhibition race in Korea, scheduled for May 18-19, is now postponed indefinitely:
http://supergt.net/pages/pg:news_detail/device:pc/ln:en/id:1289429th April 2013, 18:43 at 6:43 pm #231908
Round 2 is complete!
Petronas Lexus Team TOM’s drivers Kazuki Nakajima and James Rossiter won from pole position in the GT500 class at the Fuji 500km. This is the team’s first race victory since Motegi 2010, the first GT500 class win for Nakajima (he won once in GT300 in 2005), and the first win for Rossiter in his 2nd ever start.
Meanwhile in the GT300 class, the apr Toyota Prius took its first ever victory in the series since being introduced last season, finishing ahead of their fellow hybrid combatants, the Mugen CR-Z (co-driven by ex-Indycar driver Hideki Mutoh). The R&D Sport Subaru BRZ was an early retirement despite taking a second straight pole position to open the season.
Overall, not a bad day for Toyota on their home track, with Lexus sweeping the podium and taking 5 of the top 6 places in GT500, and of course, winning both classes.
Edited post to include a full upload.29th May 2013, 15:26 at 3:26 pm #231909
The entry list for Round 3 at Sepang is now available for viewing.
With the exhibition race at Korea cancelled, this is the only trip the Super GT series will make outside of Japan.
Two GT300 cars that raced at Fuji are absent from the Sepang entry list: The #96 Corvette Z06 GT3 entered by Dijon Racing, and the #7 Nissan GT-R GT3 entered by Bonds Racing which was co-driven by ex-Super Aguri driver Yuji Ide in the previous round.
Last year’s winners were the #18 Weider Honda (Takashi Kogure/Carlo Van Dam) in GT500, and the #33 Hankook Porsche (Masami Kageyama/Tomonobu Fuji) in GT300.17th June 2013, 23:59 at 11:59 pm #231910
Round 3 from Sepang was this weekend, with Calsonic Team Impul (Tsugio Matsuda/J.P. de Oliveira) winning GT500 and ARTA CR-Z (Shinichi Takagi/Takashi Kobayashi) heading a 1-2 for the Honda CR-Z hybrids in GT300.
The Raybrig Team Kunimitsu Honda (Takashi Kogure/Takuya Izawa) finished third to retain a 4 point lead in the GT500 championship over Team Impul, while the GT300 championship lead is held by the Gainer SLS AMG (Katsuyuki Hiranaka/Bjorn Wirdheim) – but by only two points over the Mugen CR-Z (Hideki Mutoh/Yuki Nakayama).
The Weider Honda team (Naoki Yamamoto/Frederic Makoweicki) looked to have the pace to win their third Sepang race in a row, until engine trouble on the mid-race pitstop cost them the lead and relegated them to a fourth-place finish.
Nissan has now won 5 of the last 7 Sepang races in GT500. It’s the first GT300 class victory for the Honda CR-Z, which, like the apr Toyota Prius that won in Fuji, was first introduced last season. Both class winners qualified on pole position.
The hybrids in GT300 seem to have amazing pace to go along with their fuel-saving capabilities, I forsee them being banned or severely handicapped in the future if the CR-Zs and Prius start to dominate the class. Everyone in GT500 running Dunlops or Yokohamas looked pitiful all weekend. I didn’t agree with the penalty assessed to the Nismo team.
Also of note: Kazuki Nakajima (Toyota Racing LMP1), Michael Krumm (Greaves Motorsport LMP2), and the aforementioned Makoweicki (Aston Martin GTE Pro) will all be in action at Le Mans this weekend – along with Audi’s two-time Le Mans winners and former Super GT champions Benoit Treluyer and Andre Lotterer.18th June 2013, 1:45 at 1:45 am #231911
I can’t take a series with “success ballast” seriously. Sorry.
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