On July 28, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, announced the series’ calendar for the 2018 season, the 25th full season of the championship that began as the All-Japan GT Championship (JGTC) in 1994.
The 2018 Super GT calendar consists of eight rounds, seven held in Japan, one held overseas in Thailand. The season will begin at Okayama International Circuit on April 8, and will conclude at Twin Ring Motegi, on November 11.
There are two significant changes to the 2018 calendar: The first involves Suzuka Circuit, which will host the third round of the 2018 season on May 20. GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh confirmed during a pre-race press conference at Sportsland Sugo that the new Super GT event at Suzuka would be a 300 kilometer race – as it was from 1995 to 2010.
The second involves the single fly-away round at Chang International Circuit in Thailand, which has moved to the fourth round of the season on July 1. Bandoh mentioned in the same pre-race press conference at Sugo that the race is on a one-year contract through 2018.
Fuji Speedway will continue to host two rounds, the Fuji 500km GT Race during its traditional Golden Week holiday date of May 4, and a second event of unannounced distance on August 5.
The dates at Sugo and Autopolis have also changed: Sugo will host the sixth round on September 16, and Autopolis will host round seven on October 21.
The schedule is subject to change, pending the publication of other World Championship schedules.
2018 Autobacs Super GT Series provisional calendar
April 7-8: Okayama International Circuit
May 3-4: Fuji Speedway (500km)
May 19-20: Suzuka Circuit (300km)
June 30-July 1: Chang International Circuit – Thailand
August 4-5: Fuji Speedway (Distance TBD)
September 15-16: Sportsland Sugo
October 20-21: Autopolis
November 10-11: Twin Ring Motegi
Featured image courtesy of GT Association