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Old 28 Jan 2015, 00:57 (Ref:3498160)   #1
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Japanese Super Taikyu Series 2015

I thought that instead of periodically spamming things to the 'Lower Leagues' thread about this series - the Japanese Super Taikyu I've lately been starting to follow from distance - I could just have a thread of it's own for the season. It's a small series not particularly geared for audiences (which you can probably tell here ) and it slots waaaay behind the headliner domestic series a la Super GT and Super Formula, as well as some other smaller series, but it's still quite interesting if you like long distance + multi class racing.

Today Super Taikyu has six classes of machinery, the fastest being ST-X (essentially GT3) followed by ST-1 all the way to ST-5. The lower you go the less it's sports cars and more stock-room touring cars. Upper classes tend to have only few entries while back of the grid booms. As for speed, ST-1 has around GT4 level of performance or lower, so...

This year's entries should be announced some time in February.

2015 calendar

RD0) Mar 1 / Twin Ring Motegi TESTING
RD1) Mar 28-29 / Twin Ring Motegi 5 Hours
RD2) May 23-24 / Sugo 3 Hours
RD3) Jul 4-5 / Fuji 8 Hours
RD4) Aug 1-2 / Autopolis 3 Hours
RD5) Sep 5-6 / Okayama 3 Hours
RD6) Oct 24-25 / Suzuka *TBA*

The only clash with SGT&SF is between Sugo and Super Formula at Okayama IIRC. Fuji round used to be 7 hours but has been extended

Series PR is not great to put it mildly and is only in japanese. The only sensible video coverage I know of consists of around 15 minute recap reel the series uploads to youtube weeks later. So don't expect anything fancy.
https://www.youtube.com/user/SupertaikyuOfficial

Even if no-one posts here I'll try something (when I make sense of their PR) during the season


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Old 28 Jan 2015, 02:50 (Ref:3498178)   #2
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I thought that instead of periodically spamming things to the 'Lower Leagues' thread about this series - the Japanese Super Taikyu I've lately been starting to follow from distance - I could just have a thread of it's own for the season. It's a small series not particularly geared for audiences (which you can probably tell here ) and it slots waaaay behind the headliner domestic series a la Super GT and Super Formula, as well as some other smaller series, but it's still quite interesting if you like long distance + multi class racing.

Today Super Taikyu has six classes of machinery, the fastest being ST-X (essentially GT3) followed by ST-1 all the way to ST-5. The lower you go the less it's sports cars and more stock-room touring cars. Upper classes tend to have only few entries while back of the grid booms. As for speed, ST-1 has around GT4 level of performance or lower, so...

This year's entries should be announced some time in February.

2015 calendar

RD0) Mar 1 / Twin Ring Motegi TESTING
RD1) Mar 28-29 / Twin Ring Motegi 5 Hours
RD2) May 23-24 / Sugo 3 Hours
RD3) Jul 4-5 / Fuji 8 Hours
RD4) Aug 1-2 / Autopolis 3 Hours
RD5) Sep 5-6 / Okayama 3 Hours
RD6) Oct 24-25 / Suzuka *TBA*

The only clash with SGT&SF is between Sugo and Super Formula at Okayama IIRC. Fuji round used to be 7 hours but has been extended

Series PR is not great to put it mildly and is only in japanese. The only sensible video coverage I know of consists of around 15 minute recap reel the series uploads to youtube weeks later. So don't expect anything fancy.
https://www.youtube.com/user/SupertaikyuOfficial

Even if no-one posts here I'll try something (when I make sense of their PR) during the season

Thanks Chiana! I always wanted to follow Super Taikyu. I'm a big fan of the Spoon vehicles!
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Old 28 Jan 2015, 11:38 (Ref:3498252)   #3
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Direction Racing planning to enter 2 vehicles to series (one Audi and ?)
and Endless Sport going to stay in STX class ,luanch day will be on 15/3
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Old 28 Jan 2015, 14:29 (Ref:3498287)   #4
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What's that car in 5th place on the grid in the picture?
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What's that car in 5th place on the grid in the picture?
It's an IPS Kuruma fielded by the Tomei Sports team competing in ST-1.

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Yeah they won the class last year. Not that there was much full season competition, only one BMW

It's one of the cars worth following. Said this elsewhere but it looks sort of like a baby between Lotus Evora and Saleen??? if that makes sense

You would think there'd be more of those since there's that spec series for them at Fuji.
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Old 28 Jan 2015, 14:51 (Ref:3498300)   #7
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Not that bad looking!

That's what I like from national racing series. Funny cars you won't see anywhere else. Like the Divitec SF11 in Supercar Challenge.
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To give you impression of the grid counts, last year:

ST-X/GT3
RD1) 2x
RD2) 4x
RD3) 5x
RD4) 5x
RD5) 5x
RD6) 4x

ST-1
RD1) 3x
RD2) 2x
RD3) 3x
RD4) 2x
RD5) 2x
RD6) 2x

ST-2
RD1) 6x
RD2) 6x
RD3) 7x
RD4) 6x
RD5) 8x
RD6) 6x

ST-3
RD1) 7x
RD2) 7x
RD3) 8x
RD4) 8x
RD5) 8x
RD6) 7x

ST-4
RD1) 19x
RD2) 18x
RD3) 23x
RD4) 17x
RD5) 19x
RD6) 15x

ST-5
RD1) 7x
RD2) 7x
RD3) 9x
RD4) 9x
RD5) 8x
RD6) 8x

TOTAL
RD1) 44x
RD2) 45x
RD3) 55x
RD4) 47x
RD5) 50x
RD6) 42x

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Old 28 Jan 2015, 16:22 (Ref:3498330)   #9
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You would think there'd be more of those since there's that spec series for them at Fuji.
That series isn't endurance-length though?

I'll try to keep up with this series this year.
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That series isn't endurance-length though?

I'll try to keep up with this series this year.
No but as this series proves the chassis can endure it

The biggest opposition for this series is the lack of visibility, not the product itself really...
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In the Toyota outlines press release, there was small bit for this series as well - nothing major but still continued involvement.

Since 2012, GAZOO Racing has sponsored Tom's Spirit, a team competing with the "86", and will compete again this year with the GAZOO Racing Spirit 86. Furthermore, Toyota will dispatch engineers and mechanics to learn vehicle development skills and be trained as automotive seasoning personnel. GAZOO Racing driversTakuto Iguchi, Naoya Gamou, and Takamitsu Matsui will compete in all six races, with Masahiko Kageyama as director.

The class in question is ST-4.
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Seems like ST this year is going to actual TV rather than only some youtube recap. 30 minute highlight shows on smaller domestic terrestial+cable channels. Also to somewhere on web after the initial broadcast.

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For a moment I was hoping it made a J-Sports channel so it could potentially be picked up by the regular free-stream services (a la SGT), but some domestic TV is much better than Youtube only.
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More importantly since it's an actual TV broadcast one could hope that they'd actually show some, you know racing and things that happened during the event, rather than just the class winner interviews + random profile shots of their cars circulating the track.
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Super Taikyu Series published their 2015 entry list. 50 entries in total.

http://www.supertaikyu.com/teams_dri...nEntryList.pdf
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