Super Taikyu Series

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Super Taikyu (スーパー耐久, Super Endurance), formerly known as the Super N1 Taikyu Series prior to 2005 and N1 Endurance Series prior to 1995, and currently named the Super Taikyu Series Powered by Hankook for sponsorship reasons, is a Japanese racing series that began in 1991. In contrast to the Super GT Series, the Super Taikyu Series is a pro-am racing series for commercially-available racing vehicles such as GT3, GT4, and TCR cars, and minimally-modified production vehicles mainly from the Japanese domestic market.

Super Taikyu Series
CategoryGT3, GT4, TCR, Group N
CountryJapan
Inaugural season1991
ClassesST-X, ST-Z, ST-TCR, ST-Q, ST-1, ST-2, ST-3, ST-4, ST-5
Drivers' championJapan Daisuke Yamawaki
Hong Kong Shaun Thong
Teams' championJapan Mercedes-AMG Team Hirix Racing
Official websiteSuperTaikyu.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

Super Taikyu races are held across all of Japan's major motor racing circuits, with formats including a single five-hour race, and a double-header format of two three-hour races. The series' largest event is the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours [ja], which is held annually at Fuji Speedway since its revival in 2018. Prior to that, the Tokachi 24 Hours was the series' largest event, held annually from 1994 until 2008.

Yokohama Rubber was the series' official tyre supplier until the end of 2017. In 2018, Pirelli became the series' new tyre supplier as part of a three-year contract. In 2021, Hankook Tire will become the series' new tyre supplier. Their contract is for three years, ending in 2023, with the option to extend the contract through the end of the 2025 season.[1]

ClassesEdit

The series has nine classes of vehicles, ranging from FIA GT3 cars to commercially available cars with effective displacements of under 1,500 cc. GT3 cars were introduced with the introduction of the ST-X class in 2011 (named ST-GT3 from 2012 to 2013). In 2017, the series introduced the ST-Z class for GT4 cars, and the ST-TCR class for TCR touring cars (initially named ST-R for the first round of the 2017 season).

The ST-1, ST-2, ST-3, and ST-4 classes have all existed since the first year of the series in 1991, based on the original Group N regulations and with various displacement and drivetrain limits in place. A fifth production class was introduced with the addition of ST-5 in 2010.

In 2021, the ST-Q class was introduced for manufacturer-developed, non-homologated special racing vehicles, similar to Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie's SPX class.[2]

Name Regulation Example Vehicles
ST-X FIA GT3 homologated vehicles Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

Lexus RC F GT3

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Aston Martin AMR Vantage GT3

ST-Z RACB GT4 homologated vehicles Mercedes-AMG GT4

Porsche 718 Cayman MR Clubsport

Toyota GR Supra GT4

ST-TCR TCR homologated vehicles Audi RS3 LMS TCR

Honda Civic Type R TCR

ST-Q Approved racing vehicles not belonging to any other category
ST-1 Approved vehicles with 3,501 cc of displacement or above Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

KTM X-Bow GTX

Toyota GR Supra

Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo

ST-2 2,001 cc - 3,500 cc 4WD and front-wheel drive vehicles Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Toyota GR Yaris

Honda Civic Type R (FK8)

ST-3 2,001 cc - 3,500 cc rear-wheel drive vehicles Lexus RC 350

Nissan Fairlady Z34/Z33

Toyota Crown RS

ST-4 1,501 cc - 2,000 cc vehicles Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ

Honda Integra Type R

Honda S2000

ST-5 1,500 cc or below Honda Fit RS

Mazda Demio / Mazda2

Toyota Vitz

Mazda Roadster (ND)

ChampionsEdit

ST-X/GT3 Class (2011-present)Edit

Bold drivers indicate a driver that was entered in every race for their respective team. Drivers listed in italics competed in a select number of rounds for their respective team.

Year Team Vehicle Drivers
2020   Mercedes-AMG Team Hirix Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo   Daisuke Yamawaki

  Shaun Thong

  Shinichi Takagi (Rd. 1-3)

  Yuki Nemoto (Rd. 1, 4-5)

2019   GTNET Motor Sports (Rd. 1-4, 6) Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3   Teruhiko Hamano

  Kazuki Hoshino

  Kiyoto Fujinami

  Kazuki Hiramine (Rd. 3)

2018   GTNET Motor Sports Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3   Teruhiko Hamano

  Kazuki Hoshino

  Kiyoto Fujinami

  Hironobu Yasuda (Rd. 3)

  Sun Zheng (Rd. 3)

2017   ARN Racing Ferrari 488 GT3   Hiroaki Nagai

  Kota Sasaki

  Tsubasa Mekaru (Rd. 5)

2016   Kondo Racing Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3   Yudai Uchida

  Tomonobu Fujii

  Kazuki Hiramine

2015   Endless Sports Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3   Yukinori Taniguchi

  Kyosuke Mineo

  Yuya Motojima

2014   GTNET Motor Sports (Rd. 2-6) Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3   Kazuki Hoshino

  Naofumi Omoto

  Takayuki Aoki

2013   Petronas Syntium Team Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3   Melvin Moh

  Dominic Ang (Rd. 1-4, 6-7)

  Nobuteru Taniguchi (Rd. 1-6)

2012   Petronas Syntium Team (Rd. 1-3, 5-6) Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3   Nobuteru Taniguchi

  Fariqe Hairuman

  Dominic Ang

2011   Audi Team Hitotsuyama (Rd. 1-3) Audi R8 LMS GT3   Tomonobu Fujii

  Akihiro Tsuzuki

  Michael Kim

ST-Z Class (2017-present)Edit

Bold drivers indicate a driver that was entered in every race for their respective team. Drivers listed in italics competed in a select number of rounds for their respective team.

Year Team Vehicle Drivers
2020   Endless Sports Mercedes-AMG GT4   Yudai Uchida

  Hideki Yamauchi

  Tsubasa Takahashi

  Shinnosuke Yamada (Rd. 1)

  Ryuichiro Tomita (Rd. 1)

  Togo Suganami (Rd. 4-5)

2019   Endless Sports Mercedes-AMG GT4   Yudai Uchida

  Hideki Yamauchi

  Tsubasa Takahashi

  Shinnosuke Yamada (Rd. 3)

2018   BEND (Rd. 3, 5) Porsche Cayman GT4   Masamitsu Ishihara

  Daisuke Ikeda

  Yuya Sakamoto

  Shinya Hosokawa (Rd. 3)

  Atsushi Yogo (Rd. 3)

2017 no entries

ST-TCR Class (2017-present)Edit

Year Team Vehicle Drivers
2020   Floral Racing with Uematsu Honda Civic Type R TCR   Tadao Uematsu

  Yuji Ide

  Shintaro Kawabata

  Tomoki Nojiri (Rd. 1)

2019   Birth Racing Project Audi RS 3 LMS TCR   Takeshi Matsumoto

  Takuro Shinohara

  "Hirobon" (Rd.1)

  Yuya Ohta (Rd. 2-6)

  Kouichi Okumura (Rd. 3)

2018   Modulo Racing with Dome Honda Civic Type R TCR   Tadao Uematsu

  Shinji Nakano

  Hiroki Otsu

  Takashi Kobayashi (Rd. 1, 3-6)

  Keishi Ishikawa (Rd. 3)

2017   Motul Dome Racing Project Honda Civic Type R TCR   Takuya Kurosawa

  Keishi Ishikawa

  Hiroki Katoh

  Hiroki Yoshida (Rd. 5)

IncidentsEdit

During a 2012 race at Suzuka Circuit (a support event for the 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Japan), Osamu Nakajima, driving a Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33), died after he crashed into a barrier on the first turn of the circuit.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "スーパー耐久シリーズ 2021年からハンコックをタイヤサプライヤーに決定 | 【公式】スーパー耐久シリーズ Powered by Hankook". supertaikyu.com. Retrieved 2021-03-16.
  2. ^ "Super Taikyu Completes Official Pre-Season Test At Fuji | dailysportscar.com". www.dailysportscar.com. Retrieved 2021-03-16.
  3. ^ "Osamu Nakajima". Motorsport Memorial. Retrieved 2013-07-22.

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