Both Tomohiro and I are excited for the day ahead as we barrel down the highway towards Fuji Speedway at 7am, Top Gear (subtitled in Japanese) playing on the mini screen in the VW. I knew the typhoon heading our way was an issue but was hoping it would blow over before it reached us. I couldn’t have been more mistaken if I tried… Read more
Golden week here in Japan is a nightmare for anyone with a car and an intention to drive it. It felt as if every man and his dog decided to descend upon Fuji Speedway for this, the second round of the 2014 Super GT championship. 90,000 people it turns out… Read more
Catching the first flight out of Tokyo’s Haneda airport was always going to be a tough ask considering how little sleep I usually get, but making my way down to Okayama International circuit in western Honshu to cover the season opener for Super GT 2014 more than got me motivated. 2014 is an important and exciting year for the series as it ushers in a potentially great new slew of changes that can realistically spur this series to greater heights now and in the future years to come… Read more
After a good night’s rest we got up nice and early to head on over to Sepang again on Sunday to bring you the final coverage of our 2 part coverage of the Super GT here in Malaysia and coming early was certainly the right choice to make as Sunday is always more lively at Sepang for Super GT. We stored away our things at the media centre and grabbed our vests and headed out again for coverage and we decided to get a regular spectator’s perspective and see what they see. Read more
From the largest super bikes gathering that had a recorded grand total of an estimated 1300 Sports and luxury motorcycles gathering on the main straight of Sepang to the Saturday night rave party and two whole days of intense high octane racing from the ultimate JDM race cars on the Sepang International Circuit that has hosted a staggering 100,000 fans; a whopping 20,000 more from 2012, Super GT round 3 in Malaysia has been an absolute dream. Read more
Its that time of year again and we at 7Tune are certainly an excited bunch! Super GT Round 3 returns to Sunny Malaysia after intense battles right in the source of Super GT itself, JAPAN. Read more
After much anticipation and hearing the commercials on radio for the past 3 months, the day of Super GT finally came and boy were we an excited bunch. For me it was my first time and i seriously did not know what to expect but for Kevin he has been to Super GT in the past few years. All of us had problems sleeping the night before because of the excitement creeping on us; like a feverish disease and the blistering heat that is notorious here certainly did not do us any justice. Read more
Super GT, the most anticipated event of the year; especially for avid JDM fans and motor heads all over the world is drawing close and the trophy for this prestigious race was unveiled at an exceptionally stunning event last week of which was graced with esteemed members of owner’s clubs, car brand executives and many other local celebrities such as the beautiful Hannah Tan who was the MC of the day, and GT Queens Lu Shan of Malaysia and Toshimi of Japan. Read more
Super GT or 全日本GT選手権(Zen Nihon GT Senshuken), is no greenhorn in Malaysian automotive culture, as it has been hosted in Malaysia since 2000 and is back June this year, with an even more exciting line up of activities in store for all ages namely an indoor all japanese products bazaar, the largest exotic supercar meet in Malaysia and an extravagant car show, which is evident that Super GT is not only about serious racing, but about serious family time as well. Read more
The first race of the Super GT 2011 season was tough, as it is often the case at Fuji when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Usually when it’s raining over there, it’s raining a lot. As such, the race result was difficult to guess before the start since the rain added yet another level of uncertainty over the many unsolved questions arising for the first time the new cars, drivers and teams gathered to race at last.
After a very windy and cold qualifying session, the weather took a turn for the worse today with non stop rain during all the race. It went for 60 of the 66 scheduled laps then was red flagged after the rain became unbearable and cars were spinning out left right and center.
The result of the first qualifying session of the Super GT 2011 season is everything but expected. This has much to do with the weather and the tyres, as the nice spring sunny day turned to a chilling gale and a gray cover as the session got started, then all bets were off.
As many cognoscenti will tell you, you come to Super GT for the GT500 but you stay for the GT300. The lesser category has a unique appeal, made of an entertaining mix of wildly different machinery, battle hardened pros, elderly gentlemen drivers, young hopefuls and improbable sponsors. Composition of this mix is shifting somewhat in 2011 as we will see in our preview of the GT300 lineup.
Time to go racing. The 2011 Super GT season has been impacted by the March 11 earthquake and will start one month late but looks to be a good year nevertheless. Before the cars take it to the first session next Saturday at Fuji, let’s have a look at the competitors , starting with GT500.
The catastrophic events of March 11th and their aftermath put most of the professional sport activities in Japan in a limbo just as many of the championships were going to begin. Motor sports were impacted as well, and test sessions and opening races were postponed in droves. This was of course the case for Super GT: the opening round in Okayama at the end of March did not happen and neither did the last test session scheduled at the same circuit for the 19 and 20 March.