2018 Autobacs Super GT
Japan’s top sports car series, mixing impressive home-grown GT500 cars as the top class, along with a GT300 class which includes FIA GT3 cars and others.
GT500 is the playground of Honda, Lexus and Nissan.
GT300 sees a big grid of the usual mix of GT3 cars from Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Nissan, Honda, BMW, Bentley – along with Toyotas and Lotuses running to local regulations.
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*Originally posted 26 February 2018*
*Updated 13 March 2018 to move Autopolis*
2018 Super GT
|8 Apr||Okayama 300km||Okayama International Circuit||Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture, Japan|
|4 May||Fuji 500km||Fuji Speedway||Sunto District, Shuzuoka Prefecture, Japan|
|20 May||Suzuka 300km||Suzuka Circuit||Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan|
|1 Jul||Buriram 300km||Buriram International Circuit||Buriram Province, Thailand|
|5 Aug||Fuji 500 Miles||Fuji Speedway||Sunto District, Shuzuoka Prefecture, Japan|
|16 Sep||Sugo 300km||Sportsland Sugo||Murata, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan|
|21 Oct||Autopolis 300km||Autopolis||Oita Prefecture, Japan|
|11 Nov||Motegi 250km||Twin Ring Motegi||Motegi, Tochigi, Japan|
The biggest change is the loss of the Suzuka 1000km.
Ratel’s SRO has pinched Super GT’s biggest race, turning it into a 10 Hour enduro for GT3 cars as part of the expansion of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The hope is the large field of GT300 cars will join GT3s from around the world in a big match up.
For Super GT, there is still a round at Suzuka but it is 300km in May rather than 1000km in August. Both classes will attend the May round.
The Suzuka 300km is the weekend used by Autopolis last year, with that round moving to October.
In turn, the visit to Buriram in Thailand moves from October to the first weekend of July.
To add distance back into the calendar the second annual visit to Fuji has been increased to 500 miles. This is a return to the distance used for 15 years at this venue, so there is some history coming back into the series.
And speaking of Fuji, the first visit there in May is a weekday round once again.