On Friday, July 26, the GT Association (GTA), promoter and sanctioning body of the Autobacs Super GT Series, announced the provisional schedule for the 2020 season.
The 2020 Super GT calendar will feature the return of the series to Sepang Circuit in Malaysia for the first time since 2013, holding a night-time race as the fifth round of the season. Chang International Circuit in Thailand returns for the seventh consecutive year on the calendar, as the host of the fourth round of the championship.
This new international double-header will be held during the summer months, with dates and distances for both events to be announced at a later date.
Six domestic rounds will take place, starting with the traditional season-opening 300-kilometre race at Okayama International Circuit on April 12.
Super GT’s annual Golden Week tradition, the Fuji GT 500km Race at Fuji Speedway, hosts the second round of the season on its traditional date of Monday, May 4. Completing the opening three-race swing is the Suzuka GT 300km at Suzuka Circuit, on May 31.
After the back-to-back flyaway rounds in the summer, the series returns to Japan and to Sportsland Sugo for the 26th consecutive year on September 13. The race at Autopolis International Racing Course returns to the penultimate round of the season on October 25.
And for the 12th consecutive year, the season ends at Twin Ring Motegi with the 250km Grand Final on November 8.
For the first time since 2004, there will be no summertime race at Fuji Speedway as the circuit will be used as the road cycling venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics in August. The Fuji GT 500 Mile Race, which takes place next weekend, is most likely to return to the calendar in August 2021.
The GTA’s partnership with the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) will continue in 2020 with joint events expected to be held next season – dates and venues will be announced later.
2020 Autobacs Super GT Series Calendar (as of July 26, 2019)
April 11-12: Okayama International Circuit
May 3-4: Fuji Speedway (Fuji 500km)
May 30-31: Suzuka Circuit
TBA: Chang International Circuit (Thailand)
TBA: Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia)
September 12-13: Sportsland Sugo
October 24-25: Autopolis International Racing Course
November 7-8: Twin Ring Motegi
Feature image courtesy of the GT Association (GTA)