SUPER GT reveals 42-car entry list for Okayama opener

The 43 cars that appeared on the full-season entry list unveiled in February will appear for the curtain raiser on April 16-17, with the exception of the #244 Max Racing Toyota GR Supra in the GT300 class.

As previously reported by Motorsport.com, Max Racing is absent from the opener following the death of team owner Tsuyoshi Oono last month, sidelining drivers Atsushi Miyake and Kimiya Sato.

However, the team has since announced plans to return from May’s second round at Fuji Speedway.

There are no surprises on the GT500 portion of the entry list for Okayama, with the 15 cars that took part in the two pre-season tests last month expected to be on the grid with driver line-ups unchanged.

List of GT500 entries:

Maker

Team

Tire

No.

Drivers

Nissan

With the GT500

NDDP Races

michelin

3

Japan Katsumasa Chiyo

Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi

Impul team

Bridgestone

12

Belgium Bertrand Baguette

Japan Kazuki Hiramine

WE ARE NOT

michelin

23

Italy Ronnie Quintarelli

Japan Tsugio Matsuda

Kondo race

Yokohama

24

Japan Kohei Hirate

Japan Daiki Sasaki

Toyota

GR Supra

rookie race

Bridgestone

14

Japan Kazuya Oshima

Japan Kenta Yamashita

Bandoh Race Project

Yokohama

19

Japan Yuji Kunimoto

Japan Sena Sakaguchi

TOM’S

Bridgestone

36

France Julien Alesi

Japan Sho Tsuboy

37

Japan Ritomo Miyata

France Sacha Fenestraz

Cerumo

Bridgestone

38

Japan Hiroaki Ishiura

Japan Yuji Tachikawa

SARD

Bridgestone

39

Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi

Japan Yuichi Nakayama

Honda

NSX-GT (S-Type)

ART

Bridgestone

8

Japan Tomoki Nojiri

Japan Nirei Fukuzumi

Mugen-Team

dunlop

16

Japan Toshiki Oyu

Japan Ukyo Sashara

real race

Bridgestone

17

Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi

Japan Nobuharu Matsushita

Nakajima Race

dunlop

64

Japan Takuya Izawa

Japan Hiroki Otsu

Team Kunimitsu

Bridgestone

100

Japan Naoki Yamamoto

Japan Tadasuke Makino

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In the GT300 class, which is reduced to 27 cars in the absence of the Max Racing team, there are some additions and changes to driver line-ups from official pre-season testing.

The Mach team has announced that its Toyota 86 MC, one of only two so-called “Mother Chassis” cars in the field, will be driven full-time this season by Reiji Hiraki and rookie Yusuke Tomibayashi.

Esports champion Tomibayashi emerged victorious in a three-way driver evaluation test in Okayama against fellow Super Taikyu racers Masaya Kono and Kazuya Oshima (not to be confused with Toyota factory driver), and has drove the No. 5 Toyota single-handedly in the more recent Fuji test.

#5 Machyaken Air Buster MC86

#5 Machyaken Air Buster MC86

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

Elsewhere, as Motorsport.com reports, Pacific CarGuy Racing gets an all-professional line-up of Kei Cozzolino and Naoki Yokomizo for the Okayama opener, with gentleman racer Takeshi Kimura taking part in the curtain-raiser instead. the European Le Mans Series to Paul Ricard.

Yokomizo replaced Kimura twice last year and was also present alongside Cozzolino and Kimura at Fuji pre-season testing in the team’s Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo.

Meanwhile, BMW Team Studie has tentatively entered Augusto Farfus alongside Seiji Ara, but like Kimura, Farfus is expected to race in the ELMS opener this weekend instead.

Should the Brazilian fail to race as planned, the team’s third driver, Tsubasa Kondo, who partnered Ara for the two official pre-season tests, would take Farfus’ place aboard the BMW M4 GT3 n °7.

Yuki Tanaka has meanwhile been finalized as the teammate of Taiyou Ida (formerly known as Taiyou Iida) for the new campaign aboard the #48 NILZZ Racing Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

Team Gainer, who suffered chassis damage to their #10 GT-R in a crash during Fuji’s pre-season testing, are set to be on the grid at Okayama with regular duo Ryuichiro Tomita and new came Riki Okusa.

List of GT300 class entries:

No. Team Auto Tire Drivers
2 Entrance Toyota GR86 GT B

Japan Hiroki Kato

Japan Yuui Tsutsumi

4 Goodsmile Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 AND

Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi

Japan Tatsuya Kataoka

5 The Mach Team Toyota 86MC AND

Japan Reiji Hiraki

Japan Yusuke Tomibayashi

6 Motoyama Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 AND

Japan Satoshi Motoyama

Japan Yoshiaki Katayama

7 BMW Team Study BMW M4 GT3 M

Japan Seiji Ara

Brazil Augusto Farfus*

9 Pacific Car Guy Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 AND

Japan Kei Cozzolino

Japan Naoki Yokomizo

ten Winner Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 D

Japan Ryuichiro Tomita

Japan Taste of Ricky

11 Winner Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 D

Japan Hironobu Yasuda

Japan Keishi Ishikawa

18 Team UpGarage Honda NSX GT3 AND

Japan Takashi Kobayashi

Japan Kakunoshin Ota

20 shadow race Toyota GR86 GT D

Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka

Japan Eijiro Shimizu

22 R’Qs Motor Sports Mercedes-AMG GT3 AND

Japan Hisashi Wada

Japan Masaki Jyonai

25 Team Tsuchiya Toyota GR Supra GT300 AND

Japan Takamitsu Matsui

Japan Seita Nonaka

30 Apr Toyota GR86 GT AND

Japan Hiroaki Nagai

Japan Manabu Orido

31 Apr Toyota Prius PHV GR Sport B

Japan Yuhki Nakayama

Japan saga leader

34 Busou Drago Corse Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 D

Japan Masataka Yanagida

Japan Yuji Ide

48 NILZZ Race Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

AND

Japan Taiyou Ida

Japan Yuki Tanaka

50 Arnage race Toyota 86MC AND

Japan Masaki Kano

Japan Ryohei Sakaguchi

52 Saitama Toyopet EN Toyota GR Supra GT300 B

Japan Hiroki Yoshida

Japan About Kawaai

55 ART Honda NSX GT3 B

Japan Hideki Mutō

Japan Iori Kimura

56 Kondo race Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 AND

Japan Kiyoto Fujinami

Brazil JP de Oliveira

60 LM Corsa Toyota GR Supra GT300 D

Japan Hiroki Yoshimoto

Japan Shunsuke Kohno

61 Subaru/R&D Sport Subaru BRZ D

Japan Takuto Iguchi

Japan Hideki Yamauchi

65 LEON Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 B

Japan Naoya Gamou

Japan Takuro Shinohara

87 JLOC Lamborghini Huracan GT3 AND

Japan Kosuke Matsuura

Japan Natsu Sakaguchi

88 JLOC Lamborghini Huracan GT3 AND

Japan Takashi Kogure

Japan Yuya Motojima

96 K-tunes Racing Lexus RC F GT3 D

Japan Morio Nitta

Japan Shinichi Takagi

360 I did sport Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 AND

Japan Takayuki Aoki

Japan Atsushi Tanaka

* Expected to miss race due to ELMS clash

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