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2020 Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours Entry List Published

45 cars entered across eight classes

On Tuesday, the Super Taikyu Organisation (STO) released the entry list for the 2020 Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours, the opening round of the 2020-21 Pirelli Super Taikyu Series that is set to take place at Fuji Speedway on 5/6 September.

With the cancellations of the WEC 6 Hours of Fuji, the IGTC Suzuka 10 Hours, and the FIM Suzuka 8 Hours, the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours will be the only major endurance race taking place in Japan this year. It’s the third year of the revived Fuji 24 Hours, which was delayed to its current date in September from its original date in early June.

45 cars across eight classes are entered, including five entries in the ST-X category for FIA GT3 cars, and seven cars in the ST-Z (FIA GT4) category.

ENTRY LIST >>

Headlining the event are a number of current Super GT GT500 superstars including the all-time wins leader Tsugio Matsuda, defending series champion Kazuya Oshima, Katsumasa Chiyo, Kazuki Hiramine, Hiroki Otsu, Hiroaki Ishiura, Yuichi Nakayama, Sho Tsuboi, Ritomo Miyata, and Yuji Kunimoto.

There are a number of past GT500 champions and winners too, J.P. Oliveira, Masami Kageyama, Masataka Yanagida, Manabu Orido, Hironobu Yasuda, Toshihiro Kaneishi, Takashi Kobayashi, Kosuke Matsuura, and 2004 Le Mans 24 Hours overall winner Seiji Ara. Two-time Le Mans class winner Mika Salo is entered in an ST-1 class Porsche Cayman alongside his son Max Salo. The elder Salo is among a handful of past F1 drivers in the field, including Shinji Nakano, Naoki Hattori, Sakon Yamamoto, and Yuji Ide.

Current GT300 standouts like Hiroki Yoshida and Kohta Kawaai, Shinichi Takagi, Naoya Gamou, Togo Suganami, Tomonobu Fujii, Hiroki Katoh, Katsuyuki Hiranaka, Keishi Ishikawa, Koki Saga, Sena Sakaguchi, Takuto Iguchi, Hideki Yamauchi, Takamitsu Matsui, Kimiya Sato, Atsushi Miyake, Yuya Motojima, Shintaro Kawabata, Tsubasa Kondo, Yuya Hiraki, Shaun Thong, Tsubasa Takahashi, Yusaku Shibata, Masahiro Sasaki, Yuui Tsutsumi, and the trio of Kazuki Hoshino, Kiyoto Fujinami, and Natsu Sakaguchi who represent defending race winners GTNET Motor Sports.

We’ll also see current GT World Challenge Europe competitor Ryuichiro Tomita return to Japan, former all-time Super Taikyu wins leader Takayuki Kinoshita’s return to the series, and the real-world racing debut of Gran Turismo Sport e-sports standout, Yusuke Tomibayashi.

Six women racers are entered in the ST-5 category, including Hiroko Komatsu, Anna Inotsume, Nanami Tsukamoto, Junko Fujii, Sayaka Kato, and Akie Iinuma.

ST-X (FIA GT3): 5 Cars, STO Platinum Drivers listed in bold

  • #9: MP Racing – Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 – Joe Shindo, Yusaku Shibata, Masami Kageyama, Tsugio Matsuda, Keiichi Inoue, TBD
  • #31: apr – Lexus RC F GT3 – Hideki Nagai, Koki Saga, Kazuto Kotaka, Hiroaki Nagai, Yuichi Nakayama, Yuta Kamimura
  • #81: GTNET Motor Sports – Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 – Noboyuki Oyagi, Kazuki Hoshino, Ryuichiro Oyagi, Kiyoto Fujinami, Kazuki Hiramine, Natsu Sakaguchi
  • #777: D’station Racing – Aston Martin AMR Vantage GT3 – Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii, Tsubasa Kondo, Yuya Motojima
  • #888: Mercedes-AMG Team Hirix Racing – Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Daisuke Yamawaki, Shinichi Takagi, Shaun Thong, Yuki Nemoto, Hisamori Hayashi

ST-Z (FIA GT4): 7 Cars,  STO Platinum Drivers listed in bold

  • #2: KTM Cars Japan – KTM X-Bow GT4 – Taiyou Iida, Hiroki Katoh, Takashi Kobayashi, Masataka Yanagida, Kazuho Takahashi
  • #3: Endless Sports – Mercedes-AMG GT4 – Yuudai Uchida, Hideki Yamauchi, Tsubasa Takahashi, Shinnosuke Yamada, Ryuichiro Tomita
  • #19: Birth Racing Project – Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR – Kohei Fukuda, Takeshi Matsumoto, Yusuke Shiotsu, Koichi Okumura, Shigetomo Shimono, Kenjo Ichijo
  • #20: SS/YZ Racing with Studie – BMW M4 GT4 – Hirokazu Suzuki, Takayuki Kinoshita, Jukuchou Sunako, Seiji Ara, João Paulo de Oliveira
  • #47: D’station Racing – Aston Martin AMR Vantage GT4 – Tatsuya Hoshino, Manabu Orido, Takuro Shinohara, Tsubasa Mekaru, Kenji Hama
  • #500: Team 5Zigen – Mercedes-AMG GT4 – Ryuichiro Otsuka, Takayuki Aoki, Kazuya Shimogaki, Toshihiko Hachiro, Toshihiro Kaneishi, Shuma Hiroshima
  • #505: Audi Team AS Sport – Audi R8 LMS GT4 – Motoki Nishimura, Takeshi Okamoto, Shozo Tagahara, Yoshinari Fujiwara

ST-TCR (TCR standard): 4 Cars, STO Platinum Drivers listed in bold

  • #22 – Waimarama Kizuna Racing Team – Audi RS3 LMS – “Kizuna”, Katsumasa Chiyo, Hironobu Yasuda, Riki Okusa, Naoya Yamano, Toshihiro Yoshida
  • #65 – Audi Team Mars – Audi RS3 LMS – Toshiro Tsukada, Masanobu Kato, Masato Shimoyama, Sakon Yamamoto, Daisuke Hasegawa, Taketoshi Matsui
  • #97 – Racer Dome Racing – Honda Civic TCR – Mitsuhiro Endo, Shinji Nakano, Hiroki Otsu, Syun Koide, Kenta Harada, Ryusuke Matsumoto
  • #290 – Floral Racing with Uematsu – Honda Civic TCR – Tadao Uematsu, Yuji Ide, Shintaro Kawabata, Tomoki Nojiri

ST-1: 3 Cars, *Non-homologation FIA GT4 vehicle

  • #12 – Field Management Racing – Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport* – Mika Salo, Kosuke Matsuura, Max Salo, Katsuhiki Kumabayashi, Masatoshi Uesugi, Yuya Hiraki
  • #28 – Rookie Racing – Toyota GR Supra GT4* – Naoya Gamou, Daisuke Toyoda, Yasuhiro Ogura, Shunsuke Kohno, Hisashi Yabuki, Kazuya Oshima (b. 1987)
  • #38 – Tracy Sports – Lexus RC F – Makoto Hotta, Ryohei Sakaguchi, Yuui Tsutsumi, Sena Sakaguchi

ST-2 (2,001-3,500cc, 4WD and front-wheel drive): 5 Cars

  • #6 – Shinryo Racing Team – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X – Tomohiro Tomimasu, Yasushi Kikuchi, Masazumi Ohashi, Takahiro Matsuzawa, Takahisa Ohno, Zene Okazaki
  • #7 – Shinryo Racing Team – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X – Masato Narisawa, Keisuke Anzai, Yoshiki Fujii, Wataru Yamaki, Shingo Imai, Hirofumi Okumura
  • #17 – Team NOPRO – Mazda Axela Diesel Turbo – Tatsuya Nogami, Tobio Ohtani, Toshihiko Nogami, Keita Sawa, Hideyoshi Nishizawa, Horo Yamamoto
  • #32 – Rookie Racing – Toyota GR Yaris – Takuto Iguchi, Masahiro Sasaki, TBD, Norihiko Katsuta, Hiroaki Ishiura
  • #59 – TOWA INTEC Racing – Subaru WRX STI – Manabu Osawa, Hitoshi Gotoh, Mizuki Ishizaka, Yoshiyuki Tsuruga

ST-3 (2,001-3,500cc, rear-wheel drive): 4 Cars

  • #15 – Okabe Jidosha Motorsports – Nissan Fairlady Z34 – Masaaki Nagashima, Kazuomi Komatsu, Jun Tashiro, Yuga Katsumata, Manabu Yamazaki, Masaya Kono
  • #39 – Tracy Sports – Lexus RC 350 – Kazuya Oshima (b.1997), Yusuke Tomibayashi, Hirotaka Ishii, Sesshu Kondo, Hirohito Ito
  • #52 – Saitama Toyopet GreenBrave – Toyota Crown RS – Naoki Hattori, Hiroki Yoshida, Kohta Kawaai, Takayuki Hiranuma
  • #244 – Max Racing – Nissan Fairlady Z34 – Toru Tanaka, Tetsuya Tanaka, Atsushi Miyake, Kimiya Sato

ST-4 (1,501-2,000cc): 5 Cars

  • #13 – Endless Sports – Toyota 86 – Ryo Ogawa, Ritomo Miyata, Takamitsu Matsui, Masaya Hanazato, Togo Suganami
  • #18 – Asano Racing Service – Toyota 86 – Takeo Asano, Daiki Fujiwara, Takeshi Tsuchiya, Kazunori Nishimura, Toshikazu Shiba, Masataka Inoue
  • #60 – Team G/Motion – Honda Integra Type R – Resshu Shioya, Takuya Shiga, Takao Seto, Taro Matsunami, Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • #310 – C.S.I Racing – Toyota 86 – Rintaro Kubo, Shinya Hosokawa, Sho Tsuboi, Kota Matsui
  • #884 – Hayashi Telempu Shade Racing – Toyota 86 – Katsuyuki Hiranaka, Yuji Kunimoto, Hiro Hayashi, Keishi Ishikawa, TBD

ST-5 (1,500cc and below): 12 Cars

  • #4 – Team Bride – Honda Fit RS – Hiroshi Ito, Mitsuaki Matsuo, Souichi Kurosu, Shunsuke Sato, Koji Miura, Hidefumi Minami
  • #37 – Team NOPRO – Mazda Demio Diesel Turbo – Kaoru Ijiri, Kazunori Yoshioka, Yutaka Seki, Junichi Uematsu, Yoshihiro Kato
  • #50 – Love Drive Racing – Mazda Roadster – Koji Yamanishi, Masayoshi Yamauchi, Shui Sato, Hiroyuki Matsumura, Takahiro Kimura, Katsuhiko Tsutsui
  • #66 – Over Drive – Mazda Roadster – Takayuki Takechi, “Moko-san”, Shigeyasu Kanamori, Yusuke Hashimoto, Akiichiro Hokazono, Nanami Tsukamoto
  • #69 – J’s Racing – Honda Fit RS – Shinsuke Umeda, Hideo Kubota, Toshihiro Kubota, Junichi Umemoto, MC Hirata, Yoshikazu Sobu
  • #72 – Nihon Automobile College – Mazda Roadster – Hiroko Komatsu, Anna Inotsume, Tatsuya Okahara, Makoto Kanai, Yasuhiro Matsuro
  • #78 – Love Drive Racing – Mazda Roadster – Junko Fujii, Sayaka Kato, Akie Iinuma
  • #88 – Murakami Motors – Mazda Roadster – Hiroyuki Murakami, Keiji Amemiya, Yasunori Nakajima, Naoki Yamaya, TBD
  • #102 – HM Racers – Mazda Demio – Kota Sasaki, Soichiro Yoshida, Yugo Ohsaki, Junpei Kato, Ryunosuke Yoshida
  • #111 – Hiroshima Toyopet Racing – Toyota Vitz RS – Yasutaka Hinoi, Yuga Furutani, Atsushi Yogo, Yuya Sakamoto
  • #182 – Close Up Racing – Honda Fit RS – Riki Tanioka, Tatsuya Osaki, Kyosuke Inomata, Kazusa Nishio, TBD
  • #456 – Over Drive – Mazda Roadster – Riku Hashimoto, Tatsuya Ota, Koji Obara, Aruga Tomita, TBD, TBD

Feature image courtesy of the Super Taikyu Organisation (STO)