If you are a fan of sports car racing and have never heard of SuperGT (or formerly JGTC for Japan Grand Touring Championship), then shame on you. The Japanese SuperGT series, alongside Germany’s DTM, is the fastest GT racing series in the world. They are faster than Le Mans GT1 cars and have a similar power to weight ratio of a Grand-Am Daytona Prototype (500hp, 2400ish pounds).
Also, many of the top drivers in SuperGT also compete in Formula Nippon, or Formula Japan. Formula Nippon continued from Formula 3000 back in the mid 1990’s and the purpose of FN is to help establish the next successful Japanese open wheel driver into Formula 1. Some of the honorable winners of the past include: Ralf Schumacher, Pedro de la Rosa and Ralph Firman.
SuperGT is a highly competitive series and is awesome to watch with the GT300 class and the GT500 class (the numbers representing the HP in each class).
The new Skyline GT-R’s have been doing very well and Benoit Treluyer and team Xanavi Nismo have already won the first 2 rounds.
Here’s a recap from Round 2 from the Okayama 300km race
(in the related videos section you can see part 2 & 3)
After reading Benoit Treluyer’s blog, I gotta say he seems very charismatic and fun. Check it out for yourself: http://www.benoittreluyer.com/blogg/?cat=8
Also, check out some great racing in Formula Nippon from Round 2 @ Suzuka
If only they aired this in the US…