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2010 Super GT Series
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The No. 18 Weider Honda Racing Honda HSV-010 GT of Takashi Kogure and Loïc Duval on display. Kogure and Duval each claimed their first Super GT championship. Weider Honda Racing also won the GT500 Teams title, ahead of Team TOM'S.

The 2010 Autobacs Super GT Series was the 17th season of the Japan Automobile Federation Super GT Championship.

In both classes, every race was won by a different pairing, with Weider Honda Racing duo Takashi Kogure and Loïc Duval eventually becoming GT500 champions for the first time, giving the Honda HSV-010 GT a championship-winning début season. Defending champions Juichi Wakisaka and André Lotterer finished the season as runners-up, while Toshihiro Kaneishi and Koudai Tsukakoshi finished third. In GT300, Kazuki Hoshino and Masataka Yanagida overhauled an 11-point deficit heading into the final round of the championship to claim the title for Hasemi Motorsport. Their final round win, coupled with finishes or lower than eighth place for Morio Nitta and Shinichi Takagi, and Ryo Orime and Nobuteru Taniguchi, gave them a championship-winning margin of nine points.

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Drivers and teamsEdit

GT500Edit

Team Make Car # Drivers Tyre Round
  Lexus Team Petronas TOM'S Lexus Lexus SC430 1   Juichi Wakisaka B All
  André Lotterer All
  Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS Lexus Lexus SC430 6   Daisuke Itō B All
  Björn Wirdheim All
  Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda Honda HSV-010 GT 8   Ralph Firman B All
  Yuji Ide All
  Takashi Kobayashi 6
  Team Impul Nissan Nissan GT-R 12   Tsugio Matsuda B All
  Ronnie Quintarelli All
  Keihin Real Racing Honda Honda HSV-010 GT 17   Toshihiro Kaneishi B All
  Koudai Tsukakoshi All
  Weider Honda Racing Honda Honda HSV-010 GT 18   Loïc Duval B All
  Takashi Kogure All
  Nismo Nissan Nissan GT-R 23   Satoshi Motoyama M All
  Benoît Tréluyer All
  Kondō Racing Nissan Nissan GT-R 24   João Paulo de Oliveira Y All
  Hironobu Yasuda All
  Nakajima Racing Honda Honda HSV-010 GT 32   Ryo Michigami D All
  Yuhki Nakayama All
  Lexus Team Kraft Lexus Lexus SC430 35   Hiroaki Ishiura B All
  Kazuya Oshima All
  Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo Lexus Lexus SC430 38   Yuji Tachikawa B All
  Richard Lyons All
  Lexus Team SARD Lexus Lexus SC430 39   Kohei Hirate D All
  André Couto 1–7, NC
  Carlo van Dam 8
  Team Kunimitsu Honda Honda HSV-010 GT 100   Takuya Izawa B All
  Naoki Yamamoto All

GT300Edit

Team Make Car # Drivers Tyre Round
  Apple K-ONE Shiden Mooncraft Mooncraft Shiden 2   Hiroki Katoh Y All
  Hiroshi Hamaguchi 1–8
  Kazuho Takahashi 6, NC
  Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Nissan Fairlady Z 3   Kazuki Hoshino Y All
  Masataka Yanagida All
  Team Mach Vemac Vemac RD408R 5   Tetsuji Tamanaka Y All
  Haruki Kurosawa All
  RE Amemiya Racing Mazda Mazda RX-7 7   Ryo Orime Y All
  Nobuteru Taniguchi All
  Goodsmile Racing with COX Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RSR
Porsche 997 GT3-R
9   Taku Bamba H 1–3, 5–8
  Masahiro Sasaki 1–3, 5–8, NC
  Mitsuhiro Kinoshita 6
  Hideto Yasuoka NC
  Jim Gainer Racing Ferrari Ferrari F430 11   Tetsuya Tanaka D All
  Katsuyuki Hiranaka All
  Racing Project Bandoh Lexus Lexus IS350 19   Tatsuya Kataoka Y All
  Manabu Orido All
  Team RQS Motorsports Vemac Vemac 350R 22   Hisashi Wada Y 6–8
  Masaki Jyonai 6–8
  Ryohei Sakaguchi 6
  Samurai Team Tsuchiya Porsche Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 25   Akihiro Tsuzuki Y 3, 5–8, NC
  Takeshi Tsuchiya 3, 5–8, NC
  Yoshio Tsuzuki 6
  Team Taisan Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RS 26   Igor Sushko Y 1–3, 5–7
  Masayuki Ueda 1–3, 5–8, NC
  Shogo Mitsuyama 6, 8, NC
51   Yuya Sakamoto 3, 5–8, NC
  Shogo Mitsuyama 3, 5, 7
  Hideki Yamauchi 8, NC
  LMP Motorsport Ferrari Ferrari F430 27   Yutaka Yamagishi Y All
  Hiroshi Koizumi All
Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RS 28   Akihiro Asai 6–8
  Yuki Iwasaki 6–8
  EVA Racing
Team apr
Toyota Toyota Corolla Axio 31   Kosuke Matsuura Y All
  Koki Saga All
  Yuya Sakamoto 6
74   Takuto Iguchi M All
  Yuji Kunimoto All
  Hankook KTR Porsche Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 33   Mitsuhiro Kinoshita H 1–4
  Masami Kageyama 1–4, 7, NC
  Tomonobu Fujii 3, 7, NC
  Autobacs Racing Team Aguri ASL ASL Garaiya 43   Morio Nitta M All
  Shinichi Takagi All
  Kyosuke Mineo 6
  MOLA Nissan Nissan Fairlady Z 46   Tsubasa Abe Y All
  Naoki Yokomizo All
  R&D Sport Subaru Subaru Legacy B4 62   Kota Sasaki Y 1–3, 5–8, NC
  Tetsuya Yamano 1–3, 5–8, NC
  A speed Aston Martin Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 66   Hideshi Matsuda Y All
  Hiroki Yoshimoto All
  Tomonobu Fujii 6
  JLOC Lamborghini Lamborghini Gallardo 86   Yuhi Sekiguchi Y All
  Koji Yamanishi All
87   Hiroyuki Iiri All
  Yuya Sakamoto All
  Naohiro Furuya 6
88   Shinya Hosokawa 1–7
  Atsushi Yogo All
  Tsubasa Kurosawa 8, NC
  Tomei Sports Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RSR 360   Keita Sawa Y 1
  Takamori.com 1
  Masahiro Matsunaga 3–5, 7–8
  Atsushi Tanaka 3–5, 7–8
  365 Thunder Asia Racing Mosler Mosler MT900M 365   Melvin Choo Y 2–8, NC
  Tim Sugden 2–5, 7
  Shinsuke Yamazaki 6
  Keita Sawa 6, NC
  Bomex Rosso Porsche Porsche Boxster 666   Junichiro Yamashita Y 1, 3–8
  Takashi Miyamoto 1, 3
  Takamori.com 3–8
  Satoshi Kimura 6
  • Goodsmile Racing with COX (#9) announced a mid-season car change that will occur at the fifth round. The Porsche 996 GT3-RSR was retired after the third round.
  • Team apr changed the name on one of their cars midway through the season, as a promotion towards the movie adaption of animation series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Thus the #31 car runs under the "Eva Racing" banner since the third round, with the exception of the fourth round due to a copyright issue, with the #74 remaining unchanged.

Car changesEdit

GT500Edit

  • Honda: Having used the NSX since 1996, Honda replaced the unique MR-layout model with a FMR-layout prototype HSV-010, which has been homologated by the JAF. However, Honda have cancelled their plans to produce a road-going model of the HSV-010.
  • All three teams united their engine specification to 3.4 L V8 with an FR-layout vehicle which was planned to be done last season (only Lexus have made such changes last season).

GT300Edit

  • Hasemi Motorsport moved into the class from GT500, competing with a Nissan Fairlady Z.
  • The JLOC team which previously used a Lamborghini Murciélago, have changed all their cars to Lamborghini Gallardos.
  • A speed, a new team participating in Super GT, uses an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
  • Thunder Asia Racing, which raced in Malaysia last year, became the first team not based in Japan to participate in the full season in Super GT history. They use a Mosler MT900M, and in addition, Melvin Choo, one of the team's drivers, was appointed as the Super GT official negotiator to help bring a race to Singapore in future.
  • Studie, which used a BMW Z4 in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, had originally planned to participate the series as AS Studie Racing in 2010, but did not participate due to the withdrawal of Advance Step. Advance Step had been a co-partner for Studie over the previous two seasons.[1] However at the end of the season, the teams parted ways and will compete separately in 2011.
  • Good Smile Racing made their debut in the series after becoming the primary sponsors for Studie under the Hatsune Miku banner in the past two seasons. Team COX, the first Porsche works team in Super GT, would become Good Smile Racing's partner. The team originally planned to use a 2010-specification Porsche 997 GT3-R for the entire season. However, as the car was delivered in late May, the team used a Porsche 996 RSR for the first three races of the season. They will also miss the event in Sepang, to test the new vehicle. Porsche and COX also announced that they are planning to supply at least one more GT3-R to other teams participating in 2011.[2]
  • RE Amemiya Racing announced it will be the final season of the Mazda RX-7, as after the season ends, the car will be donated to the motor racing museum of Malaysia. They would later announce their withdrawal from the series.
  • R&D Sport have changed the drivetrain on their Subaru Legacy from AWD to RWD, making AWD cars absent.

OthersEdit

ScheduleEdit

  • The calendar was provisionally announced on September 25, 2009.[3] Autopolis has been removed from the calendar, with no replacement round nor venue added. However, with alterations made to the 2010 Formula One calendar, including the moving of the Japanese Grand Prix, the calendar was altered on October 19, 2009.[4]
  • Apart from the eight championship rounds, a non-championship round, originally entitled Super GT and Formula Nippon Sprint Cup 2010, will be held at the conclusion of the season. After the Japan Automobile Federation recognised the race as a "JAF Grand Prix" round, it was renamed as JAF Grand Prix Super GT and Formula Nippon Sprint Cup 2010.
  • The 400 km race at Fuji will adopt regulations with two mandatory pit stops, while the knockout qualifying format was used in the first two rounds as well as the Suzuka 700 km of the season.
  • The 300 km race at Fuji scheduled to be held on September 12 was cancelled due to the serious damage to Oyama, the town where the circuit is located, caused by the typhoon Malou.[5][6] This is the first event in Super GT to be cancelled by series organisers, and the first Japanese Grand touring round to be cancelled since Sepang in 2003.
Round Race Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest lap Winner
1 Suzuka GT 300 km
Report
  Suzuka Circuit March 21 #18 Weider Honda Racing #18 Weider Honda Racing #24 Kondō Racing
  Loïc Duval
  Takashi Kogure
  Loïc Duval
  Takashi Kogure
  João Paulo de Oliveira
  Hironobu Yasuda
#7 RE Amemiya Racing #5 Team Mach #7 RE Amemiya Racing
  Nobuteru Taniguchi
  Ryo Orime
  Haruki Kurosawa
  Tetsuji Tamanaka
  Nobuteru Taniguchi
  Ryo Orime
2 Okayama GT 300 km
Report
  Okayama International Circuit April 4 #18 Weider Honda Racing #18 Weider Honda Racing #18 Weider Honda Racing
  Loïc Duval
  Takashi Kogure
  Loïc Duval
  Takashi Kogure
  Loïc Duval
  Takashi Kogure
#86 JLOC #46 MOLA #2 Apple K-ONE Shiden
  Koji Yamanishi
  Yuhi Sekiguchi
  Naoki Yokomizo
  Tsubasa Abe
  Hiroki Katoh
  Hiroshi Hamaguchi
3 Fuji GT 400 km
Report
  Fuji Speedway May 2 #35 Lexus Team Kraft #35 Lexus Team Kraft #35 Lexus Team Kraft
  Hiroaki Ishiura
  Kazuya Oshima
  Hiroaki Ishiura
  Kazuya Oshima
  Hiroaki Ishiura
  Kazuya Oshima
#33 Hankook KTR #74 Team apr #74 Team apr
  Mitsuhiro Kinoshita
  Masami Kageyama
  Takuto Iguchi
  Yuji Kunimoto
  Takuto Iguchi
  Yuji Kunimoto
4 Super GT International Series Malaysia
Report
  Sepang International Circuit June 20 #12 Team Impul #23 Motul Autech #12 Team Impul
  Tsugio Matsuda
  Ronnie Quintarelli
  Satoshi Motoyama
  Benoît Tréluyer
  Tsugio Matsuda
  Ronnie Quintarelli
#11 Jim Gainer Racing #3 Hasemi Motorsport Z #7 RE Amemiya Racing
  Tetsuya Tanaka
  Katsuyuki Hiranaka
  Kazuki Hoshino
  Masataka Yanagida
  Nobuteru Taniguchi
  Ryo Orime
5 Sugo GT 300 km
Report
  Sportsland SUGO July 25 #23 Motul Autech #23 Motul Autech #17 Keihin Real Racing
  Satoshi Motoyama
  Benoît Tréluyer
  Satoshi Motoyama
  Benoît Tréluyer
  Toshihiro Kaneishi
  Koudai Tsukakoshi
#2 Apple K-ONE Shiden #2 Apple K-ONE Shiden #2 Apple K-ONE Shiden
  Hiroshi Hamaguchi
  Hiroki Katoh
  Hiroshi Hamaguchi
  Hiroki Katoh
  Hiroshi Hamaguchi
  Hiroki Katoh
6 39th Pokka GT Summer Special
Report
  Suzuka Circuit August 22 #8 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri #23 Motul Autech #8 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri
  Ralph Firman
  Yuji Ide
  Takashi Kobayashi
  Satoshi Motoyama
  Benoît Tréluyer
  Ralph Firman
  Yuji Ide
  Takashi Kobayashi
#26 Team Taisan #62 R&D Sport #62 R&D Sport
  Igor Sushko
  Masayuki Ueda
  Shogo Mitsuyama
  Tetsuya Yamano
  Kota Sasaki
  Tetsuya Yamano
  Kota Sasaki
7 Fuji GT 300 km   Fuji Speedway September 12 Cancelled[5][6]
8 Motegi GT 250 km
Report
  Twin Ring Motegi October 24 #18 Weider Honda Racing #18 Weider Honda Racing #1 Lexus Team Petronas TOM'S
  Loïc Duval
  Takashi Kogure
  Loïc Duval
  Takashi Kogure
  Juichi Wakisaka
  André Lotterer
#3 Hasemi Motorsport Z #74 Team apr #3 Hasemi Motorsport Z
  Kazuki Hoshino
  Masataka Yanagida
  Takuto Iguchi
  Yuji Kunimoto
  Kazuki Hoshino
  Masataka Yanagida
NC All Star Series
Report
  Fuji Speedway November 13 #38 Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo #6 Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS #38 Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo
  Richard Lyons   Björn Wirdheim   Richard Lyons
#43 ASL #11 Jim Gainer Racing #11 Jim Gainer Racing
  Shinichi Takagi   Katsuyuki Hiranaka   Katsuyuki Hiranaka
November 14 #12 Team Impul #6 Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS #6 Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS
  Tsugio Matsuda   Daisuke Itō   Daisuke Itō
#43 ASL #5 Team Mach #11 Jim Gainer Racing
  Morio Nitta   Haruki Kurosawa   Tetsuya Tanaka

StandingsEdit

GT500 DriversEdit

Scoring system
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Points 20 15 11 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Rank Driver SUZ
 
OKA
 
FUJ
 
SEP
 
SUG
 
SUZ
 
FUJ
 
MOT
 
PTS
1   Takashi Kogure
  Loïc Duval
Ret 1 7 3 2 9 C 2 67
2   Juichi Wakisaka
  André Lotterer
4 3 2 8 7 10 C 1 62
3   Toshihiro Kaneishi
 Koudai Tsukakoshi
7 7 5 12 1 4 C 3 53
4   Daisuke Ito
  Björn Wirdheim
2 5 3 4 3 11 C 12 51
5   Tsugio Matsuda
  Ronnie Quintarelli
Ret 4 6 1 4 12 C 5 47
6   Hiroaki Ishiura
  Kazuya Oshima
6 9 1 7 Ret 5 C 4 45
7   Satoshi Motoyama
  Benoît Tréluyer
8 Ret Ret 2 6 2 C 8 41
8   Naoki Yamamoto
  Takuya Izawa
3 8 10 5 8 3 C 6 40
9   Yuji Tachikawa
  Richard Lyons
9 2 4 6 9 6 C Ret 37
10   João Paulo de Oliveira
  Hironobu Yasuda
1 12 8 9 5 Ret C 10 32
11   Ralph Firman
  Yuji Ide
Ret 6 11 11 12 1 C 7 29
12   Kohei Hirate 5 10 Ret 10 10 8 C 11 12
13   Andre Couto 5 10 Ret 10 10 8 C 12
14   Ryo Michigami
  Yuhki Nakayama
10 11 9 Ret 11 7 C 9 9
  Carlo van Dam 11 0
  Takashi Kobayashi 1 0
Rank Driver SUZ
 
OKA
 
FUJ
 
SEP
 
SUG
 
SUZ
 
FUJ
 
MOT
 
PTS
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

GT300 DriversEdit

Scoring system
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Points 20 15 11 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Rank Driver SUZ
 
OKA
 
FUJ
 
SEP
 
SUG
 
SUZ
 
FUJ
 
MOT
 
PTS
1   Masataka Yanagida
  Kazuki Hoshino
5 3 5 5 2 Ret C 1 64
2   Morio Nitta
  Shinichi Takagi
Ret 6 2 2 6 2 C 12 55
3   Ryo Orime
  Nobuteru Taniguchi
1 18 11 1 7 6 C 8 49
4   Hiroki Katoh
  Hiroshi Hamaguchi
Ret 2 13 Ret 1 18 C 2 50
5   Takuto Iguchi
  Yuji Kunimoto
8 9 1 3 Ret 3 C 17 47
6   Naoki Yokomizo
 Tsubasa Abe
2 1 12 6 8 16 C 14 43
7   Tetsuya Tanaka
  Katsuyuki Hiranaka
Ret 7 6 4 5 8 C 4 34
8   Tatsuya Kataoka
  Manabu Orido
3 14 4 9 Ret 4 C 7 33
9   Koji Yamanishi
  Yuhi Sekiguchi
7 4 16 15 10 5 C 3 30
10   Koki Saga
  Kousuke Matsuura
Ret 5 9 8 3 Ret C 19 22
11   Kota Sasaki
  Tetsuya Yamano
13 12 Ret 13 1 C 10 21
12   Tetsuji Tamanaka
  Haruki Kurosawa
4 Ret 18 13 9 9 C 5 18
13   Takeshi Tsuchiya
  Akihiro Tsuzuki
7 4 Ret C 6 17
14   Hideshi Matsuda
  Hiroki Yoshimoto
DSQ 15 3 12 11 Ret C 23 11
15   Yutaka Yamagishi
  Hiroshi Koizumi
9 11 8 10 DSQ 7 C 13 10
16   Mitsuhiro Kinoshita 6 8 Ret 16 10 C 8
17   Masami Kageyama 6 8 Ret 16 C 8
18   Atsushi Yogo DNQ 16 17 7 14 15 C Ret 4
19   Shinya Hosokawa DNQ 16 17 7 14 15 C 4
20   Taku Bamba
  Masahiro Sasaki
12 10 14 12 10 C 9 4
21   Hiroyuki Iiri
  Yuya Sakamoto
10 17 15 11 17 12 C 20 1
22   Masayuki Ueda 11 13 10 18 Ret C 11 1
23   Igor Sushko 11 13 10 18 Ret C 1
Rank Driver SUZ
 
OKA
 
FUJ
 
SEP
 
SUG
 
SUZ
 
FUJ
 
MOT
 
PTS
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit