GT Asia Series returns to Suzuka

Published on May 8th, 2012

The legendary Suzuka Circuit will once again play host to the GT Asia Series for the 2012 season this coming August. Rounds 7 & 8 of GT Asia Series will be part of the 2012 Super GT Round 5, 41st International Suzuka 1000km on 17-19 August 2012.

“We are extremely excited to once again be welcomed to the beautiful Suzuka Circuit. After the great racing that we had there last year, both Motorsport Asia and Mobilityland Corporation agreed that it would be good for the Series and for the drivers to return to Suzuka” said David Sonenscher, CEO of Motorsport Asia.

The 2011 GT Asia Series was held on a weekend that changed from wet to dry and to wet again with numerous exciting incidents, beginning during the unofficial practice session where Samson Chan’s car caught fire causing the session to be stopped, and continuing throughout the entire weekend.

Both races that weekend were won by guest driver, Hiroshi Hamaguchi from Hitotsuyama Racing in the Audi R8 LMS, while Series registered driver Eddie Yau took the Championship lead from Mok Weng Sun in some spectacularly close racing.

More of the same is expected this August when the GT Asia Series returns to the 5.8km circuit as part of the only 1000km Super GT event. Adding to that will be a celebration to mark the circuit’s 50th Anniversary, garnering attention the world over.

“This will be a special year for Suzuka Circuit. They will be celebrating 50 great years of fantastic racing and we are proud to be able to be a part of that. The circuit has a long and glorious history, hosting events such as Formula 1, Moto GP, World Touring Car Championship and so many more” said Sonenscher.

The Suzuka International Racing Course (Suzuka Circuit as it is known) is located in Ino, Suzuka City in the Mie Prefecture. The 5.8km Circuit was built in 1962 and has 17 turns with the back straight passing over the front section using an overpass.

The GT Asia Series will kick off with Rounds 1 & 2 at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia on 25-27 May 2012. The Series will then remain in Malaysia for Rounds 3 & 4 as part of the Super GT event from 8-10 June before heading to three Japanese weekends starting with Fuji International Circuit on 13-15 July, Suzuka International Racing Course on 17-19 August and Autopolis International Circuit on 28-30 September. The Season Finale will be held as part of the Macau GP at the Guia International Circuit on 16-18 November.

The 2012 GT Asia Series is supported by, Yokohama ADVAN, Graham Timekeepers, AutoArt, Stand21, Endless and Cody Enterprise.

The GT Asia Series is jointly organised by Motorsport Asia and Supercar Club Hong Kong.

words & pix: Motorsport Asia

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