The Super GT Championship’s sole visit outside Japan happens this weekend in Buriram, Thailand. The circuit has held host to Super GT for several years since 2014.
Super GT cars have been flooding into Thailand for weeks now, prepping the cars for the foreign tarmac. Who will come out on top in GT500 this weekend, will Noaki Yamamoto continue his dominance in Japanese racing? Will we see another Lexus 1-2-3? Tune in to all the Super GT action this Sunday on Motorsport.tv, live and free.
|Chang International Circuit – Buriram, Thailand|
|Circuit Length||4.554 km / 2.830 mi||Opened||2014|
The circuit located in the northeast of Thailand was created in an effort to boost tourism in the region. The circuit was created to the highest FIA standards, meaning that it has the capabilities to host Formula 1 races in the future.
The circuit features several long straights that lead into a series of technical corners, looping back around to the starting grid. The circuit currently hosts Super GT and Moto GP championships, and hosts a number of regional touring car championship events.
|2019 AUTOBACS Super GT Buriram United 300 Km – Provisional Schedule|
|Event Dates||29-30 June 2019||Free Practice Session 1
|Qualifying Session 1||Sat 15:00-15:35||Qualifying Session 2||Sat 15:45-16:13|
|Warm-up Session||Sun 11:15-11:40||Race (66 laps)
All session times quoted in Indochina Time (UTC/GMT + 7:00)
Rewind to 2018
In last years international round, the #39 DENSO SARD LC500 came home with their first victory for the season. The #39 car started in third, and quickly made his way to second as the race started, passing the #17 KEIHIN NSX-GT after a poor start to the race.
Kaumi Kobayashi ended the race in first place, his first win for the season, and only his third race in Super GT. The #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500 placed second, with the #19 WedsSport car rounding out the podium after an early charge to third.
The Buriram Form Guide
Drivers to look for in this race include the usual Super GT suspects of defending champions Naoki Yamamoto and former world champion Jenson Button. Yamamoto will be looking to continue his winning streak after his comfortable win in last week’s Super GT race at Sportsland Sugo.
Ronnie Quintarelli would be looking for a comeback after his spectacular crash in the last round of Super GT at Suzuka, and the #12 Calsonic GT-R, as well as the #16 MOTUL Autech GT-R teams will also be looking to continue performing well, as currently Tomoki Nojiri of the #12 car is placed first in the championship.
Elsewhere in motorsport, Mercedes has unveiled a new 2020 AMG GT3 car, to varied opinions as to its looks. Personally I think the front looks a little strange, however the drama of the rear end can not be ignored, and it will be interesting to see if the Super GT GT300 teams adopt the car in the 2020 season, I know I’d find it interesting to see how the Good Smile Racing team stretch an anime character across a new hood.
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