Are You Ready for the Most Thrilling SUPER GT Season Yet? Get the Inside Scoop on the Exciting Changes Coming in 2023!
Buckle up, race fans! We have some exhilarating news for you about the upcoming SUPER GT season. In a recent press conference, GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh dropped some bombshells that are sure to leave you on the edge of your seat. So grab a snack, kick back, and let’s dive into all the thrilling details!
First on the agenda is the race format. Last year, SUPER GT introduced a new 450km race length, with Fuji and Suzuka playing host to the extended distance races. Well, hold on tight because starting from the 2023 season, 450km will be the default race distance! Autopolis will also join the ranks of the longer races, while Okayama, Sugo, and Motegi will remain at the traditional 300km length.
But that’s not all folks! Brace yourselves for even more riveting changes. Bandoh spilled the beans about a timed race format making a comeback. Although he kept the exact schedule under wraps, he did disclose that a timed race lasting three hours will be on the agenda. If that’s not enough to get your heart racing, get this – SUPER GT might also see the introduction of a 300-mile race! It would be the first time since 2019 that the series ventures into miles instead of kilometres. With a distance of around 480km, this race would be longer than the 450km format but shorter than the previous 500km races.
Now, let’s shift our focus to the venues. The popular circuits of Fuji and Suzuka are the frontrunners to host these new race formats. In fact, they are expected to continue hosting two races each in 2024, making them perfect candidates for the thrilling changes. Bandoh has even hinted at the possibility of the Suzuka race in August becoming a timed event. Imagine the intensity of a timed race at one of Japan’s most iconic tracks – it’s nothing short of a racing enthusiast’s dream come true!
Moving on, let’s talk about another exciting development – a carbon-neutral test for GT300 cars. Following the season finale at Motegi, a test is scheduled to take place on Monday, featuring the new 50 percent renewable fuel planned for the 2024 season. However, don’t expect a massive grid for this test. Only six cars will participate, with just one being an FIA GT3 car, and the remainder being GTA-GT300 (‘JAF’) cars. The participating cars include the Inging Toyota GR86 GT, apr Toyota GR86 GT, apr Lexus LC500h, Saitama Toyopet Toyota GR Supra, R&D Sport Subaru BRZ, and LEON Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Despite all the buzz surrounding the new fuel, its implementation for the 2024 season is still uncertain. A final decision will be made after careful consultation with the teams following the test on Monday. However, rest assured that the GT500 class will continue using 100 percent renewable fuel, as introduced this season.
Before we conclude, we have an exciting announcement for all you diehard SUPER GT fans out there. Motorsport.tv will be your go-to destination for all the action, broadcasting all qualifying sessions and races throughout the 2023 season. Get ready to immerse yourself in the adrenaline-pumping world of SUPER GT, exclusive to Motorsport.tv!
So there you have it, folks – the exhilarating changes that await us in the 2023 SUPER GT season. With the introduction of longer race distances, timed races, and potential 300-mile showdowns, get ready to witness some of the most thrilling moments in motorsports history. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the carbon-neutral test and keep an eye on the new fuel developments. It’s a season that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! Get ready for the ultimate rush of SUPER GT action – coming soon to a track near you!