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Old 14 Nov 2016, 08:01 (Ref:3687914)   #31
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Sorry, lanker is typo.
I mean "top ranked team."


Japanese edition of Motorsport.com reports Keizo Takahashi (Lexus) interview about 2017 chassis development.

In the article, Takahashi says that Lexus GT500 driver line-up will be changed in 2017. But car number (6 cars) and tire manufacturer won't be changed.

http://jp.motorsport.com/supergt/new...%81%86-849810/
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Old 14 Nov 2016, 08:34 (Ref:3687922)   #32
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Well here is my prediction for the Lexus GT500 team in 2017

#1 SARD -- Heikki Kovalainen , Kohei Hirate
#6 Le Mans --- Andrea Caldarelli , Kazuya Oshima
#19 Bandoh --- Yuhi Sekiguchi , Yuji Kunimoto
#36 au Tom's ---- Yuichi Nakayama? , Nick Cassidy , Hiroaki Ishiura? , Daisuke Ito?
#37 KeePer Tom's ---- Daisuke Ito? , James Rossiter , Ryo Hirakawa? , Yuichi Nakayama?
#38 CERUMO --- Yuji Tachikawa , Hiroaki Ishiura

Everyone, How about your opinion???
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Old 14 Nov 2016, 12:51 (Ref:3687987)   #33
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My prediction is that there will be some drivers in some cars.



I really wish this series had like, sixteen rounds instead of 8. 8 just seems so little.
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Old 14 Nov 2016, 19:26 (Ref:3688058)   #34
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I really wish this series had like, sixteen rounds instead of 8. 8 just seems so little.
I think it's fair to say that keeping the number of rounds down keeps the costs down - GT500 in particular has tended to generate had a lot of complaints from teams about running costs over the years.
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Old 14 Nov 2016, 22:55 (Ref:3688099)   #35
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What a season 2016 was. I really can't wait for 2017.
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Old 14 Nov 2016, 23:47 (Ref:3688107)   #36
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I agree with the low race count being a bummer. 10 rounds would be a lot better. Maybe other parts of eastern Asia could host a round in the future.
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I agree with the low race count being a bummer. 10 rounds would be a lot better. Maybe other parts of eastern Asia could host a round in the future.
To be fair, 10 rounds would be a fair number so I agree with you there.
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I agree with the low race count being a bummer. 10 rounds would be a lot better. Maybe other parts of eastern Asia could host a round in the future.
10 rounds with two races a weekend.

200km race Saturday, whatever the normal distance is on Sunday.
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Old 15 Nov 2016, 02:44 (Ref:3688144)   #39
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I think a 250km or 300km race for Saturday and Sunday will work well. I mean, the double-header race at Motegi was successful.
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Racing overseas though might be too expensive for some of the smaller teams. Many do not make the trip the Thailand already
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I think local guest teams will be better when racing in Buriram and/or Sepang.

And I can agree with you regarding smaller teams having no money to race outside Japan.
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My question has always been in this series.

How on earth do you restrict something like a Lambo or AMG Merc down to 300hp!!!

Or are they silhouette cars with normal Japanese engines in them? It's been going on for years in the 300 class, and I have never quite understood the rules of that class! Using V8 engines and engines that produce 600HP in the big cars or in GT racing, yet here are somehow restricted to 300!
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No. GT300 doesn't mean actual horsepower.
FIA-GT3 cars generate original horsepower based on SRO-BoP.
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GTA (Organizer of SGT) had restricted the performance of FIA-GT3 car before.
However, GTA changed the policy because FIA-GT3 manufacturers weren't eager to sell a car to SGT.
At present, SRO decides a performance adjustment of FIA-GT3 car.
So GT300 class car is generating as same horsepower as Blancpain GT3 series car.
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My question has always been in this series.

How on earth do you restrict something like a Lambo or AMG Merc down to 300hp!!!

Or are they silhouette cars with normal Japanese engines in them? It's been going on for years in the 300 class, and I have never quite understood the rules of that class! Using V8 engines and engines that produce 600HP in the big cars or in GT racing, yet here are somehow restricted to 300!
If you compare lap time at Fuji Speedway between GT300 cars and LMGTE cars of FIA WEC (which have about 450-480 HP), you will see the frontrunner of GT300 cars actually run 1-2 seconds faster than LMGTE car. I think it's one of the strong evidence that FIA GT3 cars actually have somewhere at 500-550HP (depend on Balance of Performance), similar with FIA GT3 cars at other series.

Also, the FIA GT3 cars usually have minimum weight somewhere between 1200-1350kg (not far away from LMGTE cars). Meanwhile specifically-designed local JAF-GT cars (Prius, BRZ, 86 Mother Chassis, Evora Mother Chassis) have stated minimum weight at 1100kg and have less power than FIA GT3 cars.
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