Super GT

Perhaps you’ve heard of the name Super GT or JGTC? If you haven’t that’s ok. I’ll tell you a little about it.

The Super GT is a racing league in Japan, it started in 1994 as the JGTC aka Japan Grand Touring Championship. Then in 2005 it evolved into the Super GT, in this league is divided into two classes base on power, the GT300 class which are 300hp race cars from car manufacturers like Porsche, Lamborghini, Mazda, Lexus and several other JDM car manufacturers. And Japan’s Big Three, Honda ,Toyota, and Nissan are classed in the GT500 ,whipping out 500hp from the motor. One British manufacturer Aston Martin has also appeared in the GT500 class this year. The Super GT season consists of nine rounds in a nine month season. Racing on Japan’s greatest tracks, like the Twin Ring Motegi, Okayama International Circuit, Fuji Speedway, Sportsland Sugo, Sepang Circuit, Autopolis, and Suzuka Circuit, which is raced twice in one season.

Since both classes share the same track they follow racing conduct from the FIA to help prevent drivers from crashing or running over each other. Here’s one example of racing conduct, if a driver of a GT500 car approaches GT300 car down a straightway. The GT500 has the right of way and GT300 car must let the higher powered car pass. Usually the driver of the GT500 car will flash his light to indicate to the other driver to move over. It’s kinda like that saying “Slower traffic keep right.” Because there is a power difference between the two classes, they do not compete for the same points. In this league there are two winners, one from each class.

The Super GT has adopted rules and regulations setup by the FIA along with the 2009 JAF National Technical Regulations. This covers Eligible Cars, Tires, Fuel type, number of Drivers/Team Leaders, Qualifying Practice Sessions, Starting Grid, Pit Work, Series Points, Penalties etc. These rules and regulations are meant to level the playing field for all cars and teams in the GT300 and GT500.

In my opinion, the Super GT is more interesting than a Nascar race, why? Because they have Lambos, Porsches, and JDM cars. And another thing, the most important of them all…… They can turn right! Amazing isn’t it? If you like Racing at all, especially if you like Imports, check out the Super GT site.

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Published on November 16, 2009 in Misc

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