2010 Super GT season

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2010 Super GT season
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The No. 18 Weider Honda Racing Honda HSV-010 GT of Takashi Kogure and Loïc Duval at the Okayama round of the season. Despite winning only one race, Kogure and Duval each claimed their first Super GT championship. Weider Honda also won the GT500 Teams title, ahead of Team TOM'S.

The 2010 Super GT season (officially known as the 2010 Autobacs Super GT Series for sponsorship reasons) was the 17th season of the Japan Automobile Federation Super GT Championship.

In both classes, every race was won by a different pairing, with Weider Honda Racing duo Takashi Kogure and Loïc Duval eventually becoming GT500 champions for the first time, giving the Honda HSV-010 GT a championship-winning début season. Defending champions Juichi Wakisaka and André Lotterer finished the season as runners-up, while Toshihiro Kaneishi and Koudai Tsukakoshi finished third. In GT300, Kazuki Hoshino and Masataka Yanagida overhauled an 11-point deficit heading into the final round of the championship to claim the title for Hasemi Motorsport. Their final round win, coupled with finishes or lower than eighth place for Morio Nitta and Shinichi Takagi, and Ryo Orime and Nobuteru Taniguchi, gave them a championship-winning margin of nine points.

Drivers and teams[edit]

GT500[edit]

Team Make Car # Drivers Tyre Round
Lexus Team Petronas TOM'S Lexus Lexus SC430 1 Japan Juichi Wakisaka B All
Germany André Lotterer All
Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS Lexus Lexus SC430 6 Japan Daisuke Itō B All
Sweden Bjorn Wirdheim All
Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda Honda HSV-010 GT 8 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman B All
Japan Yuji Ide All
Japan Takashi Kobayashi 6
Team Impul Nissan Nissan GT-R 12 Japan Tsugio Matsuda B All
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli All
Keihin Real Racing Honda Honda HSV-010 GT 17 Japan Toshihiro Kaneishi B All
Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi All
Weider Honda Racing Honda Honda HSV-010 GT 18 France Loïc Duval B All
Japan Takashi Kogure All
Nismo Nissan Nissan GT-R 23 Japan Satoshi Motoyama M All
France Benoît Tréluyer All
Kondō Racing Nissan Nissan GT-R 24 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira Y All
Japan Hironobu Yasuda All
Nakajima Racing Honda Honda HSV-010 GT 32 Japan Ryo Michigami D All
Japan Yuhki Nakayama All
Lexus Team Kraft Lexus Lexus SC430 35 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura B All
Japan Kazuya Oshima All
Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo Lexus Lexus SC430 38 Japan Yuji Tachikawa B All
United Kingdom Richard Lyons All
Lexus Team SARD Lexus Lexus SC430 39 Japan Kohei Hirate D All
Portugal André Couto 1–7, NC
Netherlands Carlo van Dam 8
Team Kunimitsu Honda Honda HSV-010 GT 100 Japan Takuya Izawa B All
Japan Naoki Yamamoto All

GT300[edit]

Team Make Car # Drivers Tyre Round
Apple K-ONE Shiden Mooncraft Mooncraft Shiden 2 Japan Hiroki Katoh Y All
Japan Hiroshi Hamaguchi 1–8
Japan Kazuho Takahashi 6, NC
Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Nissan Fairlady Z 3 Japan Kazuki Hoshino Y All
Japan Masataka Yanagida All
Team Mach Vemac Vemac RD408R 5 Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka Y All
Japan Haruki Kurosawa All
RE Amemiya Racing Mazda Mazda RX-7 7 Japan Ryo Orime Y All
Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi All
Goodsmile Racing with COX Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RSR
Porsche 997 GT3-R
9 Japan Taku Bamba H 1–3, 5–8
Japan Masahiro Sasaki 1–3, 5–8, NC
Japan Mitsuhiro Kinoshita 6
Japan Hideto Yasuoka NC
Jim Gainer Racing Ferrari Ferrari F430 11 Japan Tetsuya Tanaka D All
Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka All
Racing Project Bandoh Lexus Lexus IS350 19 Japan Tatsuya Kataoka Y All
Japan Manabu Orido All
Team RQS Motorsports Vemac Vemac 350R 22 Japan Hisashi Wada Y 6–8
Japan Masaki Jyonai 6–8
Japan Ryohei Sakaguchi 6
Samurai Team Tsuchiya Porsche Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 25 Japan Akihiro Tsuzuki Y 3, 5–8, NC
Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya 3, 5–8, NC
Japan Yoshio Tsuzuki 6
Team Taisan Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RS 26 Ukraine Igor Sushko Y 1–3, 5–7
Japan Masayuki Ueda 1–3, 5–8, NC
Japan Shogo Mitsuyama 6, 8, NC
51 Japan Yuya Sakamoto 3, 5–8, NC
Japan Shogo Mitsuyama 3, 5, 7
Japan Hideki Yamauchi 8, NC
LMP Motorsport Ferrari Ferrari F430 27 Japan Yutaka Yamagishi Y All
Japan Hiroshi Koizumi All
Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RS 28 Japan Akihiro Asai 6–8
Japan Yuki Iwasaki 6–8
EVA Racing
Team apr
Toyota Toyota Corolla Axio 31 Japan Kosuke Matsuura Y All
Japan Koki Saga All
Japan Yuya Sakamoto 6
74 Japan Takuto Iguchi M All
Japan Yuji Kunimoto All
Hankook KTR Porsche Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 33 Japan Mitsuhiro Kinoshita H 1–4
Japan Masami Kageyama 1–4, 7, NC
Japan Tomonobu Fujii 3, 7, NC
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 Tsubasa Abe Y All
Japan Naoki Yokomizo All
R&D Sport Subaru Subaru Legacy B4 62 Japan Kota Sasaki Y 1–3, 5–8, NC
Japan Tetsuya Yamano 1–3, 5–8, NC
A speed Aston Martin Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 66 Japan Hideshi Matsuda Y All
Japan Hiroki Yoshimoto All
Japan Tomonobu Fujii 6
JLOC Lamborghini Lamborghini Gallardo 86 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Y All
Japan Koji Yamanishi All
87 Japan Hiroyuki Iiri All
Japan Yuya Sakamoto All
Japan Naohiro Furuya 6
88 Japan Shinya Hosokawa 1–7
Japan Atsushi Yogo All
Japan Tsubasa Kurosawa 8, NC
Tomei Sports Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RSR 360 Japan Keita Sawa Y 1
Japan Takamori.com 1
Japan Masahiro Matsunaga 3–5, 7–8
Japan Atsushi Tanaka 3–5, 7–8
365 Thunder Asia Racing Mosler Mosler MT900M 365 Singapore Melvin Choo Y 2–8, NC
United Kingdom Tim Sugden 2–5, 7
Japan Shinsuke Yamazaki 6
Japan Keita Sawa 6, NC
Bomex Rosso Porsche Porsche Boxster 666 Japan Junichiro Yamashita Y 1, 3–8
Japan Takashi Miyamoto 1, 3
Japan Takamori.com 3–8
Japan Satoshi Kimura 6
  • Goodsmile Racing with COX (#9) announced a mid-season car change that will occur at the fifth round. The Porsche 996 GT3-RSR was retired after the third round.
  • Team apr changed the name on one of their cars midway through the season, as a promotion towards the movie adaption of animation series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Thus the #31 car runs under the "Eva Racing" banner since the third round, with the exception of the fourth round due to a copyright issue, with the #74 remaining unchanged.

Car changes[edit]

GT500[edit]

  • Honda: Having used the NSX since 1996, Honda replaced the unique MR-layout model with a FMR-layout prototype HSV-010, which has been homologated by the JAF. However, Honda have cancelled their plans to produce a road-going model of the HSV-010.
  • All three teams united their engine specification to 3.4 L V8 with an FR-layout vehicle which was planned to be done last season (only Lexus have made such changes last season).

GT300[edit]

  • Hasemi Motorsport moved into the class from GT500, competing with a Nissan Fairlady Z.
  • The JLOC team which previously used a Lamborghini Murciélago, have changed all their cars to Lamborghini Gallardos.
  • A speed, a new team participating in Super GT, uses an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
  • Thunder Asia Racing, which raced in Malaysia last year, became the first team not based in Japan to participate in the full season in Super GT history. They use a Mosler MT900M, and in addition, Melvin Choo, one of the team's drivers, was appointed as the Super GT official negotiator to help bring a race to Singapore in future.
  • Studie, which used a BMW Z4 in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, had originally planned to participate the series as AS Studie Racing in 2010, but did not participate due to the withdrawal of Advance Step. Advance Step had been a co-partner for Studie over the previous two seasons.[1] However at the end of the season, the teams parted ways and will compete separately in 2011.
  • Team COX, the first Porsche works team in Super GT, uses a 2010-specification Porsche 997 GT3-R, as the only car not delivered to Europe in 2010. However, as the car was delivered in late May, the team used a Porsche 996 RSR for the first three races of the season. They will also miss the event in Sepang, to test the new vehicle. Porsche and COX also announced that they are planning to supply at least one more GT3-R to other teams participating in 2011.[2]
  • RE Amemiya Racing announced it will be the final season of the Mazda RX-7, as after the season ends, the car will be donated to the motor racing museum of Malaysia. They would later announce their withdrawal from the series.
  • R&D Sport have changed the drivetrain on their Subaru Legacy from AWD to RWD, making AWD cars absent.

Others[edit]

Schedule[edit]

  • The calendar was provisionally announced on September 25, 2009.[3] Autopolis has been removed from the calendar, with no replacement round nor venue added. However, with alterations made to the 2010 Formula One calendar, including the moving of the Japanese Grand Prix, the calendar was altered on October 19, 2009.[4]
  • Apart from the eight championship rounds, a non-championship round, originally entitled Super GT and Formula Nippon Sprint Cup 2010, will be held at the conclusion of the season. After the Japan Automobile Federation recognised the race as a "JAF Grand Prix" round, it was renamed as JAF Grand Prix Super GT and Formula Nippon Sprint Cup 2010.
  • The 400km race at Fuji will adopt regulations with two mandatory pit stops, while the knockout qualifying format was used in the first two rounds as well as the Suzuka 700km of the season.
  • The 300km race at Fuji scheduled to be held on September 12 was cancelled due to the serious damage to Oyama, the town where the circuit is located, caused by the typhoon Malou.[5][6] This is the first event in Super GT to be cancelled by series organisers, and the first Japanese Grand touring round to be cancelled since Sepang in 2003.
Round Race Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest lap Winner
1 Suzuka GT 300km
Report
Japan Suzuka Circuit March 21 #18 Weider Honda Racing #18 Weider Honda Racing #24 Kondō Racing
France Loïc Duval
Japan Takashi Kogure
France Loïc Duval
Japan Takashi Kogure
Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira
Japan Hironobu Yasuda
#7 RE Amemiya Racing #5 Team Mach #7 RE Amemiya Racing
Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi
Japan Ryo Orime
Japan Haruki Kurosawa
Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka
Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi
Japan Ryo Orime
2 Okayama GT 300km
Report
Japan Okayama International Circuit April 4 #18 Weider Honda Racing #18 Weider Honda Racing #18 Weider Honda Racing
France Loïc Duval
Japan Takashi Kogure
France Loïc Duval
Japan Takashi Kogure
France Loïc Duval
Japan Takashi Kogure
#86 JLOC #46 MOLA #2 Apple K-ONE Shiden
Japan Koji Yamanishi
Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi
Japan Naoki Yokomizo
Japan Tsubasa Abe
Japan Hiroki Katoh
Japan Hiroshi Hamaguchi
3 Fuji GT 400km
Report
Japan Fuji Speedway May 2 #35 Lexus Team Kraft #35 Lexus Team Kraft #35 Lexus Team Kraft
Japan Hiroaki Ishiura
Japan Kazuya Oshima
Japan Hiroaki Ishiura
Japan Kazuya Oshima
Japan Hiroaki Ishiura
Japan Kazuya Oshima
#33 Hankook KTR #74 Team apr #74 Team apr
Japan Mitsuhiro Kinoshita
Japan Masami Kageyama
Japan Takuto Iguchi
Japan Yuji Kunimoto
Japan Takuto Iguchi
Japan Yuji Kunimoto
4 Super GT International Series Malaysia
Report
Malaysia Sepang International Circuit June 20 #12 Team Impul #23 Motul Autech #12 Team Impul
Japan Tsugio Matsuda
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
Japan Satoshi Motoyama
France Benoît Tréluyer
Japan Tsugio Matsuda
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
#11 Jim Gainer Racing #3 Hasemi Motorsport Z #7 RE Amemiya Racing
Japan Tetsuya Tanaka
Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka
Japan Kazuki Hoshino
Japan Masataka Yanagida
Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi
Japan Ryo Orime
5 Sugo GT 300km
Report
Japan Sportsland SUGO July 25 #23 Motul Autech #23 Motul Autech #17 Keihin Real Racing
Japan Satoshi Motoyama
France Benoît Tréluyer
Japan Satoshi Motoyama
France Benoît Tréluyer
Japan Toshihiro Kaneishi
Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi
#2 Apple K-ONE Shiden #2 Apple K-ONE Shiden #2 Apple K-ONE Shiden
Japan Hiroshi Hamaguchi
Japan Hiroki Katoh
Japan Hiroshi Hamaguchi
Japan Hiroki Katoh
Japan Hiroshi Hamaguchi
Japan Hiroki Katoh
6 39th Pokka GT Summer Special
Report
Japan Suzuka Circuit August 22 #8 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri #23 Motul Autech #8 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri
Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman
Japan Yuji Ide
Japan Takashi Kobayashi
Japan Satoshi Motoyama
France Benoît Tréluyer
Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman
Japan Yuji Ide
Japan Takashi Kobayashi
#26 Team Taisan #62 R&D Sport #62 R&D Sport
Ukraine Igor Sushko
Japan Masayuki Ueda
Japan Shogo Mitsuyama
Japan Tetsuya Yamano
Japan Kota Sasaki
Japan Tetsuya Yamano
Japan Kota Sasaki
7 Fuji GT 300km Japan Fuji Speedway September 12 Cancelled[5][6]
8 Motegi GT 250km
Report
Japan Twin Ring Motegi October 24 #18 Weider Honda Racing #18 Weider Honda Racing #1 Lexus Team Petronas TOM'S
France Loïc Duval
Japan Takashi Kogure
France Loïc Duval
Japan Takashi Kogure
Japan Juichi Wakisaka
Germany André Lotterer
#3 Hasemi Motorsport Z #74 Team apr #3 Hasemi Motorsport Z
Japan Kazuki Hoshino
Japan Masataka Yanagida
Japan Takuto Iguchi
Japan Yuji Kunimoto
Japan Kazuki Hoshino
Japan Masataka Yanagida
NC All Star Series
Report
Japan Fuji Speedway November 13 #38 Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo #6 Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS #38 Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo
United Kingdom Richard Lyons Sweden Björn Wirdheim United Kingdom Richard Lyons
#43 ASL #11 Jim Gainer Racing #11 Jim Gainer Racing
Japan Shinichi Takagi Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka
November 14 #12 Team Impul #6 Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS #6 Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS
Japan Tsugio Matsuda Japan Daisuke Itō Japan Daisuke Itō
#43 ASL #5 Team Mach #11 Jim Gainer Racing
Japan Morio Nitta Japan Haruki Kurosawa Japan Tetsuya Tanaka

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
Rank Driver SUZ
Japan
OKA
Japan
FUJ
Japan
SEP
Malaysia
SUG
Japan
SUZ
Japan
FUJ
Japan
MOT
Japan
PTS
1 Japan Takashi Kogure
France Loïc Duval
Ret 1 7 3 2 9 C 2 67
2 Japan Juichi Wakisaka
Germany André Lotterer
4 3 2 8 7 10 C 1 62
3 Japan Toshihiro Kaneishi
JapanKoudai Tsukakoshi
7 7 5 12 1 4 C 3 53
4 Japan Daisuke Ito
Sweden Björn Wirdheim
2 5 3 4 3 11 C 12 51
5 Japan Tsugio Matsuda
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
Ret 4 6 1 4 12 C 5 47
6 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura
Japan Kazuya Oshima
6 9 1 7 Ret 5 C 4 45
7 Japan Satoshi Motoyama
France Benoît Tréluyer
8 Ret Ret 2 6 2 C 8 41
8 Japan Naoki Yamamoto
Japan Takuya Izawa
3 8 10 5 8 3 C 6 40
9 Japan Yuji Tachikawa
United Kingdom Richard Lyons
9 2 4 6 9 6 C Ret 37
10 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira
Japan Hironobu Yasuda
1 12 8 9 5 Ret C 10 32
11 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman
Japan Yuji Ide
Ret 6 11 11 12 1 C 7 29
12 Japan Kohei Hirate 5 10 Ret 10 10 8 C 11 12
13 Portugal Andre Couto 5 10 Ret 10 10 8 C 12
14 Japan Ryo Michigami
Japan Yuhki Nakayama
10 11 9 Ret 11 7 C 9 9
Netherlands Carlo van Dam 11 0
Japan Takashi Kobayashi 1 0
Rank Driver SUZ
Japan
OKA
Japan
FUJ
Japan
SEP
Malaysia
SUG
Japan
SUZ
Japan
FUJ
Japan
MOT
Japan
PTS
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (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
Excluded (EX)

GT300 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
Rank Driver SUZ
Japan
OKA
Japan
FUJ
Japan
SEP
Malaysia
SUG
Japan
SUZ
Japan
FUJ
Japan
MOT
Japan
PTS
1 Japan Masataka Yanagida
Japan Kazuki Hoshino
5 3 5 5 2 Ret C 1 64
2 Japan Morio Nitta
Japan Shinichi Takagi
Ret 6 2 2 6 2 C 12 55
3 Japan Ryo Orime
Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi
1 18 11 1 7 6 C 8 49
4 Japan Hiroki Katoh
Japan Hiroshi Hamaguchi
Ret 2 13 Ret 1 18 C 2 50
5 Japan Takuto Iguchi
Japan Yuji Kunimoto
8 9 1 3 Ret 3 C 17 47
6 Japan Naoki Yokomizo
JapanTsubasa Abe
2 1 12 6 8 16 C 14 43
7 Japan Tetsuya Tanaka
Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka
Ret 7 6 4 5 8 C 4 34
8 Japan Tatsuya Kataoka
Japan Manabu Orido
3 14 4 9 Ret 4 C 7 33
9 Japan Koji Yamanishi
Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi
7 4 16 15 10 5 C 3 30
10 Japan Koki Saga
Japan Kousuke Matsuura
Ret 5 9 8 3 Ret C 19 22
11 Japan Kota Sasaki
Japan Tetsuya Yamano
13 12 Ret 13 1 C 10 21
12 Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka
Japan Haruki Kurosawa
4 Ret 18 13 9 9 C 5 18
13 Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya
Japan Akihiro Tsuzuki
7 4 Ret C 6 17
14 Japan Hideshi Matsuda
Japan Hiroki Yoshimoto
DSQ 15 3 12 11 Ret C 23 11
15 Japan Yutaka Yamagishi
Japan Hiroshi Koizumi
9 11 8 10 DSQ 7 C 13 10
16 Japan Mitsuhiro Kinoshita 6 8 Ret 16 10 C 8
17 Japan Masami Kageyama 6 8 Ret 16 C 8
18 Japan Atsushi Yogo DNQ 16 17 7 14 15 C Ret 4
19 Japan Shinya Hosokawa DNQ 16 17 7 14 15 C 4
20 Japan Taku Bamba
Japan Masahiro Sasaki
12 10 14 12 10 C 9 4
21 Japan Hiroyuki Iiri
Japan Yuya Sakamoto
10 17 15 11 17 12 C 20 1
22 Japan Masayuki Ueda 11 13 10 18 Ret C 11 1
23 Ukraine Igor Sushko 11 13 10 18 Ret C 1
Rank Driver SUZ
Japan
OKA
Japan
FUJ
Japan
SEP
Malaysia
SUG
Japan
SUZ
Japan
FUJ
Japan
MOT
Japan
PTS
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (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
Excluded (EX)

References[edit]

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