The Suzuka 10-Hour gets underway this weekend in Japan with two Kiwi drivers, Earl Bamber and Jono Lester, competing for the D’Station Racing team.
Bamber teams up with SUPER GT regulars Sven Müller of Germany and Japan’s Tomonobu Fujii in the #7 car in the Pro class. Lester will drive the no.77 D’stationg Racing car with Japanese drivers’ Satoshi Hoshino and Tsubasa Kondo in the Pro-Am honours.
This year’s race – the first at Suzuka staged over 10 hours – builds on the legacy of the historic figure-of-eight circuit’s previous 1000-kilometre event. Although best known previously as Super GT’s blue riband round, the race has also featured on the FIA GT Championship, BPR Series, World Sportscar Championship and All-Japan Sports Prototype Championship schedules since its establishment in 1966. Collectively, these events are known as the Summer Endurance Race. This year’s 10-hour format will be the longest in its 47-year history.
The 35 entries feature 15 cars eligible to score Intercontinental GT Challenge Manufacturers’ Championship points, while two more cars include drivers contesting the Bronze title.
Racing gets underway at 10am local time on Sunday 26 August 2018