2008 Super GT season

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2008 Super GT season
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The 2008 Autobacs Super GT Series was the 15th season of the GT Championship in Japan including the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC) era, and the 4th season as the Super GT series. It is a series for Grand Touring race cars divided into two categories: GT500 and GT300. The season began on March 15 and ended on November 9, 2008 after 9 races.

2008 Xanavi nismo GT-R (R35).

Major Developments in the Car Factories[edit]

In this season, Engine Sentai Go-onger introduces the GT-R replacing the Fairlady Z in GT500 class.

BMW returns to the series in Round 6, participating in GT300 class with a Z4. Their previous participation was in 2002, before JGTC reformed to Super GT.

Drivers and teams[edit]

GT500[edit]

Team Make Car No. Drivers Tyre Rounds
Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda Honda NSX 1 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman B All
Japan Takuya Izawa All
Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Nissan GT-R 3 Italy Ronnie Quintarelli B All
Japan Naoki Yokomizo All
ENEOS Toyota Team LeMans Lexus Lexus SC430 6 Japan Daisuke Ito B 1–4, 9
Sweden Björn Wirdheim All
Japan Akira Iida 5–8
Brazil Roberto Streit 6
Team Impul Nissan Nissan GT-R 12 Japan Tsugio Matsuda B 1–4, 6–9
France Sébastien Philippe All
Germany Dominik Schwager 5
Real Racing with Leon Honda Honda NSX 17 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi B All
Japan Toshihiro Kaneishi All
Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi 6
Dome Racing Team Honda Honda NSX 18 Japan Ryo Michigami B All
Japan Takashi Kogure All
Nismo Nissan Nissan GT-R 22 Germany Michael Krumm B All
Japan Masataka Yanagida All
Germany Dominik Schwager 6
23 Japan Satoshi Motoyama All
France Benoît Tréluyer All
Brazil Fabio Carbone 6
Kondo Racing Nissan Nissan GT-R 24 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira Y All
Japan Seiji Ara All
Toyota Team Tsuchiya Lexus Lexus SC430 25 Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya Y All
Japan Hiroaki Ishiura All
Nakajima Racing Honda Honda NSX 32 France Loïc Duval D All
Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka All
Houzan Toyota Team Kraft Lexus Lexus SC430 35 United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck B All
Japan Tatsuya Kataoka All
Japan Shigekazu Wakisaka 6
Petronas Toyota Team TOM'S Lexus Lexus SC430 36 Japan Juichi Wakisaka B All
Germany André Lotterer All
Netherlands Carlo van Dam 6
ZENT Toyota Team Cerumo Lexus Lexus SC430 38 Japan Yuji Tachikawa B All
United Kingdom Richard Lyons All
Toyota Team SARD Lexus Lexus SC430 39 Japan Toranosuke Takagi D All
Portugal André Couto All
Japan Koki Saga 6
Team Kunimitsu Honda Honda NSX 100 Japan Yuji Ide B All
Japan Shinya Hosokawa All
Japan Kosuke Matsuura 6

GT300[edit]

Team Make Car No. Drivers Tyre Rounds
Cars Tokai Dream28 Mooncraft Mooncraft Shiden-Toyota 2 Japan Kazuho Takahashi Y All
Japan Hiroki Katoh All
Japan Hiroki Yoshimoto 6
Team Uematsu Nova Vemac Vemac RD320R-Zytek ZV348 4 Japan Ryohei Sakaguchi Y All
Japan Masaki Matsushita All
Japan Tadao Uematsu 6
Vemac RD350R-Zytek ZV348 16 Japan Tadao Uematsu 1, 3, 9
Japan Katsuhiko Tsutsui 1, 3, 9
Team Mach Vemac Vemac RD320R-HPD C32B 5 Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka Y All
Japan Naoya Yamano 1–7, 9
Japan Katsuhiko Tsutsui 6, 8
RE Amemiya Racing Mazda Mazda RX-7 7 Japan Hiroyuki Iiri Y All
Japan Ryo Orime All
Japan Hiroyuki Matsumura 6
A&S Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet Corvette C6 9 Japan Tatsuya Tanigawa K 3, 6, 8
Japan Hirofumi Takei 3, 6, 8
Japan Takayuki Matsumoto 6
Jim Gainer Racing Ferrari Ferrari F430 11 Japan Tetsuya Tanaka Y All
Japan Masayuki Ueda All
Racing Project Bandoh Toyota Toyota Celica 19 Japan Manabu Orido Y 1–3
Japan Tsubasa Abe 1–3
Lexus Lexus IS350 Japan Manabu Orido 4–9
Japan Tsubasa Abe 4–9
Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 6
Team Taisan with Nishizawa Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RS 26 Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi Y All
Japan Shinichi Yamaji 1–8
Japan Keita Sawa 6
Germany Dominik Farnbacher 9
Team Shadow Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RSR 27 Japan Takashi Inoue H 1, 3, 6–7, 9
South Korea Hwang Jin Woo 1, 3, 6–7
Japan Yasuhiro Takasaki 6
Japan Koji Aoyama 9
apr Toyota Toyota MR-S 31 Japan Kyosuke Mineo M 1–5, 7–9
Japan Yuya Sakamoto 1–5, 7–9
95 Japan Kohei Hirate 1–5, 8–9
Japan Keisuke Kunimoto All
Japan Yuya Sakamoto 6
Japan Kazuya Oshima 6
Japan Hideki Yamauchi 7
Hankook KTR Porsche Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 33 Japan Mitsuhiro Kinoshita H All
Japan Masami Kageyama All
Autobacs Racing Team Aguri ASL ASL Garaiya 43 Japan Morio Nitta M All
Japan Shinichi Takagi All
Japan Kyosuke Mineo 6
MOLA Nissan Nissan Fairlady Z 46 Japan Kazuki Hoshino M All
Japan Hironobu Yasuda All
Team Takeuchi with Shift Lexus Lexus IS350 52 Japan Takuya Kurosawa K 3–9
Japan Takuto Iguchi 3–9
Japan Hideki Yamauchi 6
Willcom R&D Sport Vemac Vemac RD408R-HPD C32B 62 Japan Shinsuke Shibahara Y 1, 5–9
Japan Haruki Kurosawa All
Japan Shogo Mitsuyama 2–4, 6
JLOC Lamborghini Lamborghini Murcielago RG-1 66 Japan Koji Yamanishi Y All
Japan Atsushi Yogo All
Lamborghini Gallardo RG-3 87 Japan Hisashi Wada All
Japan Muneyuki Kurihara All
Japan Yoshihisa Namekata 6
88 Japan Hideshi Matsuda All
Japan Naohiro Furuya All
Japan Yuya Sakamoto 6
Team Gaikokuya Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RS 70 Japan Takehide Maeda Y 1
Japan Yutaka Yamagishi 1–7, 9
Japan Akazame Oyaji 2–3
Japan Yoshimi Ishibashi 4–7
Japan Kazuyoshi Takamizawa 6, 9
Cusco Racing Subaru Subaru Impreza WRX STI 77 Japan Tetsuya Yamano D All
Japan Kota Sasaki 1–7
Netherlands Carlo van Dam 8–9
Team Daishin Nissan Nissan Fairlady Z 81 Japan Takayuki Aoki Y All
Japan Tomonobu Fujii All
Arktech Motorsports Porsche Porsche 986 Boxster 110 Japan Hidetoshi Mitsusada K All
Japan Daisuke Ikeda All
111 Japan Hiroshi Koizumi 1–6
Japan Guts Jyonai 1
Japan Tsubasa Kurosawa 2–6
Hong Kong Paul Ip 6
Tomei Sports Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RS 118 Japan Takashi Miyamoto Y 1, 3, 6–9
Japan Takashi Ohi 1
Japan Masayuki Kurihara 3, 6–7
Japan Guts Jyonai 6, 8–9
Avanzza Rosso Vemac Vemac RD320R-HPD C32B 666 Japan Shogo Suho K 1–3, 5–9
Japan Junichiro Yamashita 1–3, 5–9
Japan Takamori.com 6
Studie & Glad with Asada Racing BMW BMW Z4 M Coupe 808 Japan Yasushi Kikuchi Y 6–7, 9
Japan Shozo Tagahara 6–7, 9

Schedule[edit]

Round Race Circuit Date
1 Japan Suzuka GT 300 km Suzuka Circuit March 16
2 Japan Okayama GT 300 km Okayama International Circuit April 13
3 Japan Fuji GT 500 km Fuji Speedway May 4
4 Malaysia Super GT International Series Malaysia Sepang International Circuit June 22
5 Japan SUGO GT 300 km Sportsland SUGO July 27
6 Japan International POKKA 1000km Suzuka Circuit August 24
7 Japan Motegi GT 300 km Twin Ring Motegi September 14
8 Japan Autopolis GT 300 km Autopolis October 19
9 Japan Fuji GT 300 km Fuji Speedway November 9

Season Winners[edit]

Rd Circuit GT500 Winning Team GT300 Winning Team
GT500 Winning Drivers GT300 Winning Drivers
1 Suzuka Japan #23 Xanavi Nismo GT-R Japan #7 ORC Amemiya SGC-7
Japan Satoshi Motoyama
France Benoît Tréluyer
Japan Hiroyuki Iiri
Japan Ryo Orime
2 Okayama Japan #23 Xanavi Nismo GT-R Japan #43 ARTA Garaiya
Japan Satoshi Motoyama
France Benoît Tréluyer
Japan Morio Nitta
Japan Shinichi Takagi
3 Mt. Fuji Japan #38 ZENT Cerumo SC430 Japan #95 Lightning McQueen apr MR-S
Japan Yuji Tachikawa
Republic of Ireland Richard Lyons
Japan Kohei Hirate
Japan Keisuke Kunimoto
4 Kuala Lumpur Japan #24 Woodone ADVAN Clarion GT-R Japan #77 Cusco Dunlop Subaru Impreza
Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira
Japan Seiji Ara
Japan Tetsuya Yamano
Japan Kouta Sasaki
5 Sportsland SUGO Japan #18 Takata DOME NSX Japan #43 ARTA Garaiya
Japan Ryo Michigami
Japan Takashi Kogure
Japan Morio Nitta
Japan Shinichi Takagi
6 Suzuka
Report
Japan #12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R Japan #46 MOLA LEOPALACE Z
Japan Tsugio Matsuda
France Sebastien Philippe
Japan Kazuki Hoshino
Japan Hironobu Yasuda
7 Motegi Japan #3 Yellow Hat YMS Tomica GT-R Japan #19 Weds Sport IS350
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
Japan Naoki Yokomizo
Japan Manabu Orido
Japan Tsubasa Abe
8 Autopolis Japan #23 Xanavi Nismo GT-R Japan #81 Daishin Advan Z
Japan Satoshi Motoyama
France Benoît Tréluyer
Japan Takayuki Aoki
Japan Tomonobu Fujii
9 Mt. Fuji Japan #12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R Japan #26 Yunker-Power Taisan Porsche 996 GT3
Japan Tsugio Matsuda
France Sebastien Philippe
Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi
Germany Dominik Farnbacher

Standings[edit]

GT500 Drivers[edit]

Scoring system
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Points 20 15 11 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Qualifying 3 2 1
Fastest Lap 1 1 1
  • Only the best four results in the first six races would be counted for the championship.
  • There were no points awarded for pole position and fastest lap in the final race.
Rank Driver SUZ
Japan
OKA
Japan
FUJ
Japan
SEP
Malaysia
SUG
Japan
SUZ
Japan
MOT
Japan
AUT
Japan
FUJ
Japan
PTS
1 Japan Satoshi Motoyama
France Benoît Tréluyer
1 1 14 13 14 3 1 1 9 76
2 Japan Yuji Tachikawa
United Kingdom Richard Lyons
4 7 1 Ret 3 9 9 4 2 72
3 Japan Juichi Wakisaka
Germany André Lotterer
3 4 2 7 10 3 3 8 7 63
4 France Sébastien Philippe Ret 2 9 14 12 1 11 10 1 61
5 Japan Tsugio Matsuda Ret 2 9 14 1 11 10 1 61
6 Japan Ryo Michigami
Japan Takashi Kogure
7 12 3 3 1 12 8 7 14 60
7 Germany Michael Krumm
Japan Masataka Yanagida
2 15 15 2 13 4 7 5 11 57
8 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman
Japan Takuya Izawa
14 3 Ret 11 15 13 2 3 12 49
9 United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
Japan Tatsuya Kataoka
6 6 5 10 2 10 6 15 6 45
10 France Loïc Duval
Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka
10 5 7 Ret Ret 11 5 2 4 43
11 Japan Yuji Ide
Japan Shinya Hosokawa
13 9 4 5 5 2 16 9 Ret 41
12 Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
Japan Naoki Yokomizo
15 10 15 9 11 5 1 6 13 39
13 Sweden Björn Wirdheim 9 13 6 8 7 6 4 14 3 39
14 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira
Japan Seiji Ara
5 8 11 1 8 7 14 16 15 34
15 Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya
Japan Hiroaki Ishiura
11 11 8 4 4 14 10 12 8 23
16 Japan Daisuke Ito 9 13 6 8 3 21
17 Japan Akira Iida 7 6 4 14 20
18 Japan Kosuke Matsuura 2 19
19 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi
Japan Toshihiro Kaneishi
8 16 10 6 9 Ret 15 11 Ret 16
20 Netherlands Carlo van Dam 3 11
21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi
Portugal André Couto
12 14 13 12 6 15 13 13 5 11
22 Germany Dominik Schwager 12 4 10
23 Brazil Roberto Streit 6 5
24 Brazil Fabio Carbone 8 3
25 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi Ret 1
Rank Driver SUZ
Japan
OKA
Japan
FUJ
Japan
SEP
Malaysia
SUG
Japan
SUZ
Japan
MOT
Japan
AUT
Japan
FUJ
Japan
PTS
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Teams[edit]

Rank Number/Team Car Points
1 #36 Petronas Toyota Team TOM's Petronas TOM's SC430 94
2 #38 ZENT Toyota Team Cerumo ZENT Cerumo SC430 93
3 #23 Nismo Xanavi Nismo GT-R 86
4 #12 Team Impul Calsonic Impul GT-R 78
5 #18 Dome Racing Team Takata Dome NSX 75

GT300 Class (Top 3)[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Rank Drivers Number/Team Points Wins
1 Japan Kazuki Hoshino
Japan Hironobu Yasuda
#46 MOLA LEOPALACE Z 78 1
2 Japan Morio Nitta
Japan Shinichi Takagi
#43 ARTA Garaiya 77 2
3 Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi #26 Yunker-Power Taisan Porsche 71 1

Teams[edit]

Rank Number/Team Car Points
1 #46 MOLA MOLA Leopalace Z 104
2 #43 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri ARTA Garaiya 89
3 #81 Team Daishin Daishin ADVAN Z 85

Footnotes[edit]

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