Super GT (スーパーGT Su-pa- GT) is a grand touring car race event that began in 1993. The series was originally titled as All-Japan GT Championship (全日本GT選手権 Zen-Nihon GT Senshuken) that was used from 1993 until 2004.
The event is sponsored by the GT-Association, and the series is authoried directly by French association FIA.
1993 to 2004: Zen-Nihon GT Senshuken
The series started in 1993, with the first race being held at Fuji International Speedway. Japanese driver Masahiko Kageyama won 3 out of 4 races, making the Japanese drivers Takao Wada and Toshio Suzuki win the third round held at Suzuka.
The 2000 season was the season where Ryo Michigami took his title without his teammates when Osamu Nakako was dropped and replaced by Hidetoshi Mitsusada during the season.
The last season under the name JGTC was in 2004, where Satoshi Motoyama took the title along with Richard Lyons. Without a single win in 2003, they took the title with only wins in the season.
2005 to 2013: Super GT
At the end of the 2004 season, the series was renamed to Super GT. The first race of the Super GT-era was in the Okayama Internatinal Circuit, with Japanese driver Manabu Orido and German driver Dominik Schwager winning the race.
The 2007 season was seen by Daisuke Ito and Ralph Firman taking the title before the final race with a total of 3 wins. But in 2012, the season was later seen by Masataka Yanagida and Ronnie Quintarelli taking their title before the final race with a total of 4 podiums.
The 2013 season was the last season of Super GT to feature JAF-GT cars in GT500, being replaced by the DTM-styled cars for the new regulations.
2014: New Regulations
The 2014 season will be the first season to feature the DTM-styled cars in GT500. Before the 42nd International Pokka Sapporo 1000 km, Japan Automobile Federation unveiled the new cars with a DTM-styled bodykit for 2014: the Honda NSX Concept-GT, Lexus RC-F GT and the Nissan GT-R R35 with a DTM-style bodykit.
There cars was tested in some several circuits; Suzuka Circuit, Fuji, SUGO, Motegi, Okayama and in Sepang. These cars have not been tested in Autopolis yet.
They used a wider wing at some Fuji tests before the season started.
Complete list of cars
|Toyota Supra||Lexus SC430||Lexus RC-F|
|Nissan Skyline GT-R||Nissan Fairlady Z||Nissan GT-R|
|Honda NSX||Honda HSV-010||Honda NSX Concept-GT|
|McLaren F1 GTR||Ferrari
|No cars used||Aston Martin
|No cars used|
|Moved to GT300|
|Moved to GT300|
|Nissan||GT-R NISMO GT3||FIA-GT3 (2012-present)||Currently partipicates|
|Fairlady Z||JAF-GT (2005-2010)||Withdrew after 2010|
|Lexus||IS350||JAF-GT (2008 Rd.3-2012)||Supposed to withdraw after 2011, but came back in 2012 on the fourth round|
|Toyota||Toyota Celica||JAF-GT (2005-2008 Rd.2)||Withdrew and changed to the Lexus IS350.|
|Prius GT||JAF-GT (2012-present)||Currently partipicates|
|Corolla Axio GT||JAF-GT (2009-2011)||Changes to the hybrid-running Toyota Prius.|
|MR-S||JAF-GT (2005-2008)||Changes to the Corolla Axio|
|Honda||CR-Z GT||JAF-GT (2012 Rd.4-)||Currently partipicates|
|NSX-GT||JAF-GT (2005-2006)||Withdrew after 2006|
|Subaru||BRZ GT||JAF-GT (2012-present)||Currently partipicates|
|Legacy B4||JAF-GT (2009 Rd.6-2011)||Changes to the hybrid-running Subaru BRZ|
|Impreza (GD)||JAF-GT (2005-2008)||Withdrew after 2008|
|Mazda||RX-7||JAF-GT (2005-2010)||Withdrew after 2010|
|Porsche||911 GT3 RSR||FIA-GT2 (996: 2005-2010)
FIA-GT2 (997: 2009-2011)
|Porsche 996 partipicated in 2005, and Porsche 997 partipicated in 2009, both withdrew. The 996 model was in treatment of partipicating in 2011.|
|911 GT3 RS||FIA-GT2 (996: 2005-2010)
JAF-GT (996: 2006-2011)
FIA-GT2 (997: 2007-2008)
|The FIA-GT2 model of the Porsche 996 partipicated in 2005 and the JAF-GT model did in 2006, and Porsche 997 partipicated in 2007, both withdrew. The 996 model was in treatment of partipicating in 2011.|
|911 GT3 R||FIA-GT2 (996:2005-2009)
FIA-GT3 (997:2010 Rd.5-)
|The 996 model was in treatment of partipicating in 2010, but succeeded by the Porsche 997|
|911 GT3 Cup||JAF-GT (2005-2007)||Partipicated with the 996 model, withdrew after 2007|
|Boxster||JAF-GT (2005-2010)||Partipicated with the 986 model, withdrew after 2010|
|968||JAF-GT (2005)||Only partipicant|
|Lamborghini||Gallardo FL2||FIA-GT3 (2013-present)||Currently partipicates|
|Gallardo LP600+ GT3||FIA-GT3 (2012-present)||Currently partipicates|
|Gallardo RG-3||FIA-GT3 (2007-2012)||Retirement, JAF-GT treatment on classification|
|Murciélago RG-1||JAF-GT (2005-2009)||Withdrew after 2009|
|Aston Martin||V12 Vantage GT3||FIA-GT3 (2012 Rd.2-)||Currently partipicates|
|V8 Vantage GT2||FIA-GT2 (2010-2012 Rd.1)||Served until Round 2 of 2012|
|Ferrari||458 GT2||LM-GTE (2011)||Withdrew, JAF-GT treatment on classification|
|458 GT3||FIA-GT3 (2012-2013 Rd.3)||Withdrew after Round 3|
|F430||JAF-GT (2008-2009)||Withdrew after 2009|
|F430GTC||FIA-GT2 (2009-2012)||With the regulation changes, the partipication with the car was impossible for 2013|
|360 Modena||JAF-GT (2005-2007,2009)||Withdrew after 2009|
|ASL||Garaiya||JAF-GT (2005,2007-2012)||With the regulation changes, the partipication with the car was impossible for 2013|
|Chevrolet||Corvette||JAF-GT (2005,2008)||Partipicated with the C6 model, withdrew|
|Corvette Z06.R GT3||FIA-GT3 (2011-2013)||Partipicates with the C6 model, might partipicate in 2014|
|Vemac||Vemac RD320R||JAF-GT (2005-2009,2011)||Withdrawal, used until 2011|
|Vemac RD350R||JAF-GT (2005-2008,2010 Rd.6-2012)||With the regulation changes, the partipication with the car was impossible for 2013|
|Vemac RD408R||JAF-GT (2006-2008, 2010)||Withdrawal, but used with the RD320R and Rd350R until 2012|
|McLaren||MP4-12C GT3||FIA-GT3 (2013-present)||Currently partipicates|
|Mooncraft||Shiden||JAF-GT (2006-2012)||Retired after 2012|
|BMW||Z4 GT3||FIA-GT3 (2011-present)||E89 model of the car, currently partipicates|
|Z4 M Coupé||JAF-GT (2008 Rd.9-2009)||Partipicated with the E86 model, withdrew after 2009|
|Audi||R8 LMS Ultra||FIA-GT3 (2012-present)||Updated model of the Audi R8 LMS|
|R8 LMS||FIA-GT3 (2012)||Changed to the Audi R8 LMS ultra after 2012|
|Mercedes-Benz||SLS AMG GT3||FIA-GT3 (2012-present)||Currently partipicates|
|Ford||GT||JAF-GT (2006-2007)||Withdrew after 2007|
|Mosler||MT900R||JAF-GT (2005-2007)||Withdrew after 2007|
|MT900 GT3||FIA-GT3 (2009 Rd.4)||Spot partipicant|
|MT900M||JAF-GT (2010-2011,2012 Rd.3)||Withdrew from 2012, but came as a spot partipicant in Sepang|
|Lotus||Exige||JAF-GT (2005 Rd.3)||Spot partipicant|
- レクサスの新GT500車のベース車両名称は『RC-F』に, AUTOSPORTweb, 10th January 2014