Read about the race outline and rules here.
n SUPER GT, each round is run with the GT500 and GT300-class cars racing together, as the battle for supremacy unfolds in each class. And with more than 40 machines on track at the same time, the faster GT500 cars rapidly begin to lap the slower GT300 machines. GT500 drivers employ various techniques such as deftly overtaking GT300 vehicles in a way that builds up a gap over their rivals giving chase. These kinds of nail-biting, dramatic thrills are the stuff of each SUPER GT race.
In this two-day competition, speed and teamwork are key elements.
Since 2009, SUPER GT meets have been run over just 2 days. Practice is held on the morning of the 1st day (Saturday), with a qualifying session run in the afternoon. The race is held on the afternoon of the 2nd day (Sunday). The tighter 2-day schedule means less time for both the practice sessions and car set-up, compared to 2008 when the practice sessions were held on the Friday. A greater level of overall teamwork will be needed for the current SUPER GT than in the past. Major setup changes are difficult to undertake at the circuits, so when trouble occurs, even faster work is demanded from the mechanics.
In order to ensure safe and fair races, harsh penalties are imposed on those who break the rules.
In order for SUPER GT to be run safely and fairly, a variety of rules are enforced. The penalties for rule infractions include pre-determined amounts of time drivers must spend in the pits, and pit lane drive-throughs, which must be taken within 3 laps of issuance or drivers will be disqualified from the race. Other harsh penalties are also handed down for dangerous driving that leads to major accidents.