The GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, has released the calendar for the 2019 Super GT season.
Continuity is the theme of the 2019 schedule as all eight races and seven venues from 2018 return, with only one change from last year.
That comes towards the end of the season, where the Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis circuit moves up a month to the weekend of 8 September to host the sixth round of the season. The 300km race at Sportsland SUGO remains on the same weekend, held on 22 September, the penultimate round of the 2019 season.
This change leaves the month of October open for the long-awaited, joint-promoted exhibition races with the DTM to be held in Germany and Japan, which have yet to be officially confirmed by the GTA or the DTM’s promoter ITR. It also avoids any potential clashes, and back-and-forth date swaps with the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Fuji.
For the eleventh straight year, Super GT will open the season at Okayama International Circuit for the 300km race on 14 April. After that is the annual Golden Week classic, the Fuji GT 500km Race, on its traditional 4 May date. On 26 May, Suzuka Circuit hosts the 300km Fan Festival, before the series takes a break for the spring.
The “mid-summer triple” will once again kick off with the series’ only foreign round, at Chang International Circuit on 30 June. Then it’s the Fuji GT 500 Mile Race, the longest race on the calendar, on 4 August – followed by the races at Autopolis and Sugo.
And finally, Twin Ring Motegi will host the season finale with a 250km race, on 10 November.
All dates are subject to approval by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) and the FIA, and may change as future World Championship calendars are announced for 2019.
2019 Autobacs Super GT Series Calendar
April 13-14: Okayama International Circuit
May 3-4: Fuji Speedway (500km)
May 25-26: Suzuka Circuit
June 29-30: Chang International Circuit, Thailand
August 3-4: Fuji Speedway (500 miles)
September 7-8: Autopolis
September 21-22: Sportsland SUGO
November 9-10: Twin Ring Motegi
Feature image courtesy of the GT Association