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2009 Super GT season
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The 2009 Super GT season (officially known as the 2009 Autobacs Super GT Series for sponsorship reasons) was the 16th season of the Japan Automobile Federation Super GT Championship. The season opener on March 22, was moved to Okayama, due to the continued renovation of Suzuka in preparation for the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix. The season finale on November 8 also was moved to Motegi, instead of Fuji. Due to the worldwide economic crisis, race weekends were two days instead of three.

André Lotterer and Juichi Wakisaka claimed the GT500 title in their Petronas TOM'S Lexus SC430. The team also won their respective teams title. In GT300, Racing Project Bandoh's Manabu Orido and Tatsuya Kataoka won the title by three points from Nobuteru Taniguchi and Ryo Orime.

Development in Car FactoriesEdit

GT500 ClassEdit

Originally the three makers agreed to unify engine specification into a 3.4 L V8 (the same configuration of Formula Nippon). However, due to the aforementioned economic crisis, Nissan found difficulties to develop a suitable engine for their GT-R, and chose to bear performance ballast while using the same engine last year. Honda continued to use their midshiped-NSX, and bear performance ballast as the regulation originally outlaws midship cars, this is also their last Super GT year with NSX, which they announced they will use a new vehicle (HSV-010) in 2010 season.

Aston Martin joined the series with a Le-mans spec. Aston Martin DBR9, it is the first Aston Martin car participated the series history (including JGTC), also the first European and non-Honda/Nissan/Toyota car in GT500 since the 2006 season (Maserati MC12 did participate the pre-season test in 2006 season but withdraw from the series later). The DBR9 will only be run at the first round, and the two rounds at Fuji.

GT300 ClassEdit

The apr team, which has used the Toyota MR-S for a long time have discontinued to use MR-S in this season, replacing them with midshipped Toyota Corolla Axio instead.

The Cusco, the only team using an AWD car (Subaru Impreza), exits the series as they want to concentrate on off-road events. However, Subaru cars do not take absence from the series as R&D Sport uses a Legacy B4 since Race 6.

Thunder Asia Racing, a team from Singapore, spot races the Sepang race with a Mosler MT900R. Their full participation in 2010 season was confirmed after the 2009 season ends.

Drivers and teamsEdit

GT500Edit

Team Make Car Template:Tooltip Drivers Tyre Rounds
Nismo Nissan Nissan GT-R 1 Flag-of-japansmall Satoshi Motoyama B All
22px-Flag of France Benoît Tréluyer 1–5, 7–9
Flag of Germany Michael Krumm 6
Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Nissan GT-R 3 22px-Flag of Italy Ronnie Quintarelli M All
Flag-of-japansmall Hironobu Yasuda All
Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS Lexus Lexus SC430 6 Flag-of-japansmall Daisuke Ito B All
22px-Flag of Sweden Björn Wirdheim All
Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda Honda NSX 8 22px-Flag of Ireland Ralph Firman B All
Flag-of-japansmall Takuya Izawa All
Team Impul Nissan Nissan GT-R 12 Flag-of-japansmall Tsugio Matsuda B All
22px-Flag of France Sébastien Philippe All
Keihin Real Racing Honda Honda NSX 17 Flag-of-japansmall Toshihiro Kaneishi B All
Flag-of-japansmall Koudai Tsukakoshi All
Flag-of-japansmall Katsutomo Kaneishi 6
Team Yoshiki and Dome Project Honda Honda NSX 18 Flag-of-japansmall Ryo Michigami B All
Flag-of-japansmall Takashi Kogure All
Team Nova Aston Martin Aston Martin DBR9 21 Flag-of-japansmall Akihiro Tsuzuki Y 1, 3, 7
Flag-of-japansmall Takeshi Tsuchiya 1, 3, 7
Kondo Racing Nissan Nissan GT-R 24 25px-Brazilflag João Paulo de Oliveira Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Seiji Ara All
Nakajima Racing Honda Honda NSX 32 22px-Flag of France Loïc Duval D All
Flag-of-japansmall Yuhki Nakayama All
Lexus Team Kraft Lexus Lexus SC430 35 Flag-of-japansmall Hiroaki Ishiura B All
Flag-of-japansmall Kazuya Oshima All
Lexus Team Petronas TOM'S Lexus Lexus SC430 36 Flag-of-japansmall Juichi Wakisaka B All
Flag of Germany André Lotterer All
Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo Lexus Lexus SC430 38 Flag-of-japansmall Yuji Tachikawa B All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Richard Lyons All
Lexus Team SARD Lexus Lexus SC430 39 Flag-of-japansmall Kohei Hirate D All
22px-Flag of Portugal André Couto All
Team Kunimitsu Honda Honda NSX 100 Flag-of-japansmall Yuji Ide B All
Flag-of-japansmall Shinya Hosokawa 1–2, 4–7, 9
Flag-of-japansmall Kosuke Matsuura 3, 8

GT300Edit

Team Make Car Template:Tooltip Drivers Tyre Rounds
Cars Tokai Dream28 Mooncraft Mooncraft Shiden-Toyota 2 Flag-of-japansmall Hiroki Katoh Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Kazuho Takahashi 1
Flag-of-japansmall Hiroki Yoshimoto 2–9
Avanzza Rosso Vemac Vemac RD320R-HPD C32B 4 Flag-of-japansmall Yoshihiro Ito Template:Kumho 6
Flag-of-japansmall Subaru Yamamoto 6
Flag-of-japansmall Michito Uezumi 6
Flag-of-japansmall Yoshihiro Ito Y 9
[[Image:Template:Country flag alias UKR22x20px}}|Template:Country alias UKR]] Igor Sushko 9
666 Flag-of-japansmall Shogo Suho Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Junichiro Yamashita All
Flag-of-japansmall Takashi Miyamoto 3, 6
Team Mach Vemac Vemac RD320R-Porsche M96.77 5 Flag-of-japansmall Tetsuji Tamanaka Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Akazame Oyaji All
M7 RE Amemiya Racing Mazda Mazda RX-7 7 Flag-of-japansmall Nobuteru Taniguchi Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Ryo Orime All
Jim Gainer Racing Ferrari Ferrari F360 10 Flag-of-japansmall Masayuki Ueda Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Masataka Kawaguchi All
Ferrari F430 11 Flag-of-japansmall Tetsuya Tanaka All
Flag-of-japansmall Katsuyuki Hiranaka All
Racing Project Bandoh Lexus Lexus IS350 19 Flag-of-japansmall Tatsuya Kataoka Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Manabu Orido All
Team Taisan Porsche Porsche 996 GT3-RS 26 Flag-of-japansmall Haruki Kurosawa Y 1–4, 6–7, 9
Flag-of-japansmall Tsubasa Abe 1–3, 5–9
Flag-of-japansmall Katsuhiko Tsutsui 4, 6, 8
Flag-of-japansmall Tsubasa Kurosawa 5
Team Takeuchi with Shift Lexus Lexus IS350 30 Flag-of-japansmall Kota Sasaki Template:Kumho 1–3
Flag-of-japansmall Naoya Yamano 1–3
52 Flag-of-japansmall Kota Sasaki 4–9
Flag-of-japansmall Naoya Yamano 4–6
Flag-of-japansmall Yuhi Sekiguchi 6–9
apr Toyota Toyota Corolla Axio 31 Flag-of-japansmall Yuya Sakamoto Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Hideki Yamauchi 1–4
Flag-of-japansmall Kyosuke Mineo 5–9
Flag-of-japansmall Takamori.com 6
74 Flag-of-japansmall Takuto Iguchi M All
Flag-of-japansmall Yuji Kunimoto All
Hankook KTR Porsche Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 33 Flag-of-japansmall Mitsuhiro Kinoshita Template:Hankook 3, 5, 7
Flag-of-japansmall Masami Kageyama 3, 5, 7
Autobacs Racing Team Aguri ASL ASL Garaiya 43 Flag-of-japansmall Morio Nitta M All
Flag-of-japansmall Shinichi Takagi All
MOLA Nissan Nissan Fairlady Z 46 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Hoshino Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Masataka Yanagida All
Tomei Sports Porsche Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 55 Flag-of-japansmall Yutaka Yamagishi Y 1–7, 9
Flag-of-japansmall Hiroshi Koizumi 1–7, 9
R&D Sport Subaru Subaru Legacy B4 62 Flag-of-japansmall Shogo Mitsuyama Y 6–7, 9
Flag-of-japansmall Tetsuya Yamano 6–7, 9
JLOC Lamborghini Lamborghini Murcielago RG-1 66 Flag-of-japansmall Koji Yamanishi Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Atsushi Yogo All
22px-Flag of Italy Marco Apicella 3
Lamborghini Gallardo RG-3 87 Flag-of-japansmall Hiroyuki Iiri All
Flag-of-japansmall Hisashi Wada All
88 Flag-of-japansmall Hideshi Matsuda All
Flag-of-japansmall Yuya Sakamoto All
Thunder Asia Racing Mosler Mosler MT900R 69 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias SGP22x20px}}|Template:Country alias SGP]] Melvin Choo Y 4
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Short 4
Team Daishin Ferrari Ferrari F430 81 Flag-of-japansmall Takayuki Aoki Y All
Flag-of-japansmall Tomonobu Fujii All
Flag-of-japansmall Koji Matsuda 6
Arktech Motorsports Porsche Porsche Boxster 110 22px-Flag of South Korea Kim Han Bong Template:Kumho 1–3
Flag-of-japansmall Daisuke Ikeda 1, 8
Flag-of-japansmall Tatsuya Tanigawa 2–3, 5, 8
Flag-of-japansmall Takashi Ohi 5
Porsche Boxster 111 Flag-of-japansmall Takaya Tsubobayashi 1–3
[[Image:Template:Country flag alias UKR22x20px}}|Template:Country alias UKR]] Igor Sushko 1
Flag-of-japansmall Daisuke Ikeda 2–4
Flag-of-japansmall Tojiro Azuma 4
112 Flag-of-japansmall Takashi Ohi 7, 9
Flag-of-japansmall Yoshiaki Nakayama 7
Flag-of-japansmall Keita Sawa 8–9
25px-AustraliaFLAG Aaron Caratti 8
Studie GLAD Racing BMW BMW Z4M 808 Flag-of-japansmall Shozo Tagahara Y 1–3, 5–9
Flag-of-japansmall Yasushi Kikuchi 1–3, 5–7
Flag-of-japansmall Taku Bamba 6, 8–9

ScheduleEdit

Round Race Circuit Date
1 Flag-of-japansmall Okayama GT 300 km Okayama International Circuit March 22
2 Flag-of-japansmall Suzuka GT 300 km Suzuka Circuit April 19
3 Flag-of-japansmall Fuji GT 400 km Fuji Speedway May 4
4 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Super GT International Series Malaysia Sepang International Circuit June 21
5 Flag-of-japansmall SUGO GT 300 km Sportsland SUGO July 26
6 Flag-of-japansmall Pokka GT Summer Special Suzuka Circuit August 23
7 Flag-of-japansmall Fuji GT 300 km Fuji Speedway September 13
8 Flag-of-japansmall Autopolis GT 300 km Autopolis October 18
9 Flag-of-japansmall Motegi GT 250 km Twin Ring Motegi November 8

As a measure of cost reduction, the two longest race, as well as the final race in the series' distance in the series was shortened in this season. This include the trimming of the traditional 1000km race in Suzuka to 700 km. However, to avoid 1-pit strategy that cause unfairness to some teams, 2-pits rule is in force in Suzuka 400 km race.

Season WinnersEdit

Rd Circuit GT500 Winning Team GT300 Winning Team Results
GT500 Winning Drivers GT300 Winning Drivers
1 Okayama Flag-of-japansmall #24 HIS Kondo Racing GT-R Flag-of-japansmall #19 Weds Sport IS350 Results
25px-Brazilflag João Paulo de Oliveira
Flag-of-japansmall Seiji Ara
Flag-of-japansmall Manabu Orido
Flag-of-japansmall Tatsuya Kataoka
2 Suzuka Flag-of-japansmall #38 ZENT Cerumo SC430 Flag-of-japansmall #33 Hankook Porsche Results
Flag-of-japansmall Yuji Tachikawa
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Richard Lyons
Flag-of-japansmall Mitsuhiro Kinoshita
Flag-of-japansmall Masami Kageyama
3 Mt. Fuji Flag-of-japansmall #1 MOTUL Autech GT-R Flag-of-japansmall #43 ARTA Garaiya Results
Flag-of-japansmall Satoshi Motoyama
22px-Flag of France Benoît Tréluyer
Flag-of-japansmall Morio Nitta
Flag-of-japansmall Shinichi Takagi
4 Kuala Lumpur Flag-of-japansmall #3 Hasemi Tomica Ebbro GT-R Flag-of-japansmall #2 I.M Jihan Co.Ltd•Apple Shiden Results
22px-Flag of Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
Flag-of-japansmall Hironobu Yasuda
Flag-of-japansmall Hiroki Katoh
Flag-of-japansmall Hiroki Yoshimoto
5 Sportsland SUGO Flag-of-japansmall #1 MOTUL Autech GT-R Flag-of-japansmall #33 Hankook Porsche Results
Flag-of-japansmall Satoshi Motoyama
22px-Flag of France Benoît Tréluyer
Flag-of-japansmall Mitsuhiro Kinoshita
Flag-of-japansmall Masami Kageyama
6 Suzuka Flag-of-japansmall #35 Kraft SC430 Flag-of-japansmall #46 S Road Mola Z Results
Flag-of-japansmall Hiroaki Ishiura
Flag-of-japansmall Kazuya Oshima
Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Hoshino
Flag-of-japansmall Masataka Yanagida
7 Mt. Fuji Flag-of-japansmall #8 ARTA NSX Flag-of-japansmall #81 Daishin Ferrari F430 Results
22px-Flag of Ireland Ralph Firman
Flag-of-japansmall Takuya Izawa
Flag-of-japansmall Takayuki Aoki
Flag-of-japansmall Tomonobu Fujii
8 Autopolis Flag-of-japansmall #36 Petronas TOM'S SC430 Flag-of-japansmall #11 Jim Gainer Advan F430 Results
Flag-of-japansmall Juichi Wakisaka
Flag of Germany André Lotterer
Flag-of-japansmall Tetsuya Tanaka
Flag-of-japansmall Katsuyuki Hiranaka
9 Motegi Flag-of-japansmall #8 ARTA NSX Flag-of-japansmall #81 Daishin Ferrari F430 Results
22px-Flag of Ireland Ralph Firman
Flag-of-japansmall Takuya Izawa
Flag-of-japansmall Takayuki Aoki
Flag-of-japansmall Tomonobu Fujii

StandingsEdit

GT500 DriversEdit

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 OKA
Flag-of-japansmall
SUZ
Flag-of-japansmall
FUJ
Flag-of-japansmall
SEP
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
SUG
Flag-of-japansmall
SUZ
Flag-of-japansmall
FUJ
Flag-of-japansmall
AUT
Flag-of-japansmall
MOT
Flag-of-japansmall
PTS
1 Flag-of-japansmall Juichi Wakisaka
Flag of Germany André Lotterer
11 2 2 6 7 8 3 1 2 88
2 22px-Flag of Ireland Ralph Firman
Flag-of-japansmall Takuya Izawa
3 14 3 3 14 12 1 4 1 81
3 Flag-of-japansmall Satoshi Motoyama 13 11 1 8 1 6 2 2 14 78
4 22px-Flag of France Benoît Tréluyer 13 11 1 8 1 2 2 14 73
5 Flag-of-japansmall Toshihiro Kaneishi
Flag-of-japansmall Koudai Tsukakoshi
5 6 12 2 6 10 4 Ret 3 51
6 Flag-of-japansmall Ryo Michigami
Flag-of-japansmall Takashi Kogure
2 5 13 12 3 4 8 5 10 50
7 22px-Flag of Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
Flag-of-japansmall Hironobu Yasuda
12 13 7 1 9 2 6 8 12 49
8 25px-Brazilflag João Paulo de Oliveira
Flag-of-japansmall Seiji Ara
1 8 4 5 13 11 13 3 11 48
9 Flag-of-japansmall Hiroaki Ishiura
Flag-of-japansmall Kazuya Oshima
9 7 5 9 12 1 7 7 9 44
10 Flag-of-japansmall Yuji Tachikawa
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Richard Lyons
6 1 9 10 10 3 10 11 13 41
11 Flag-of-japansmall Tsugio Matsuda
22px-Flag of France Sébastien Philippe
4 3 15 7 8 5 15 Ret 7 36
12 Flag-of-japansmall Daisuke Ito
22px-Flag of Sweden Björn Wirdheim
10 4 6 14 5 Ret 4 10 4 35
13 Flag-of-japansmall Yuji Ide 8 12 11 4 4 9 12 6 8 29
14 22px-Flag of Portugal André Couto
Flag-of-japansmall Kohei Hirate
15 10 10 13 2 7 11 12 5 27
15 Flag-of-japansmall Shinya Hosokawa 8 12 4 4 9 12 8 24
16 22px-Flag of France Loïc Duval
Flag-of-japansmall Yuhki Nakayama
7 9 8 11 11 Ret 9 9 6 18
17 Flag-of-japansmall Kosuke Matsuura 11 6 5
18 Flag of Germany Michael Krumm 6 5
19 Flag-of-japansmall Katsutomo Kaneishi 10 1
Flag-of-japansmall Akihiro Tsuzuki
Flag-of-japansmall Takeshi Tsuchiya
14 14 14 0
Rank Driver OKA
Flag-of-japansmall
SUZ
Flag-of-japansmall
FUJ
Flag-of-japansmall
SEP
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
SUG
Flag-of-japansmall
SUZ
Flag-of-japansmall
FUJ
Flag-of-japansmall
AUT
Flag-of-japansmall
MOT
Flag-of-japansmall
PTS

Template:Motorsport driver results legend

GT300 DriversEdit

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 OKA
Flag-of-japansmall
SUZ
Flag-of-japansmall
FUJ
Flag-of-japansmall
SEP
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
SUG
Flag-of-japansmall
SUZ
Flag-of-japansmall
FUJ
Flag-of-japansmall
AUT
Flag-of-japansmall
MOT
Flag-of-japansmall
PTS
1 Flag-of-japansmall Manabu Orido
Flag-of-japansmall Tatsuya Kataoka
1 8 5 2 5 6 4 3 3 85
2 Flag-of-japansmall Nobuteru Taniguchi
Flag-of-japansmall Ryo Orime
3 2 3 3 11 7 DNS 2 2 82
3 Flag-of-japansmall Tetsuya Tanaka
Flag-of-japansmall Katsuyuki Hiranaka
4 4 Ret 8 3 5 2 1 4 79
4 Flag-of-japansmall Takayuki Aoki
Flag-of-japansmall Tomonobu Fujii
12 6 2 DNS 4 8 1 18 1 71
5 Flag-of-japansmall Morio Nitta
Flag-of-japansmall Shinichi Takagi
2 5 1 10 9 2 7 4 14 71
6 Flag-of-japansmall Hiroki Katoh 6 7 9 1 2 3 5 16 16 63
7 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Hoshino
Flag-of-japansmall Masataka Yanagida
7 3 6 4 6 1 9 8 7 62
8 Flag-of-japansmall Hiroki Yoshimoto 7 9 1 2 3 5 16 16 58
9 Flag-of-japansmall Mitsuhiro Kinoshita
Flag-of-japansmall Masami Kageyama
1 1 6 45
10 Flag-of-japansmall Takuto Iguchi
Flag-of-japansmall Yuji Kunimoto
5 9 8 16 8 4 12 7 5 32
11 Flag-of-japansmall Yuya Sakamoto 9 11 7 6 10 18 15 5 6 23
12 Flag-of-japansmall Koji Yamanishi
Flag-of-japansmall Atsushi Yogo
18 Ret 18 5 13 17 3 11 8 20
13 Flag-of-japansmall Tsubasa Abe 10 10 4 7 16 14 9 9 18
14 Flag-of-japansmall Haruki Kurosawa 10 10 4 Ret 16 14 9 12
15 Flag-of-japansmall Kyosuke Mineo 10 18 15 5 6 12
16 Flag-of-japansmall Hideki Yamauchi 9 11 7 6 11
17 Flag-of-japansmall Kota Sasaki 8 17 11 7 15 9 13 13 10 10
18 Flag-of-japansmall Tetsuji Tamanaka
Flag-of-japansmall Akazame Oyaji
13 12 10 12 16 Ret 8 6 15 9
19 Flag-of-japansmall Naoya Yamano 8 17 11 7 15 9 9
20 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuho Takahashi 6 5
21 Flag-of-japansmall Tsubasa Kurosawa 7 4
22 Flag-of-japansmall Yuhi Sekiguchi 9 13 13 10 3
23 Flag-of-japansmall Masayuki Ueda
Flag-of-japansmall Masataka Kawaguchi
DNS 16 15 9 20 15 17 19 13 2
24 Flag-of-japansmall Katsuhiko Tsutsui Ret 16 9 2
25 Flag-of-japansmall Hideshi Matsuda
Flag-of-japansmall Yuya Sakamoto
Ret 13 19 Ret 12 10 10 12 11 2
26 Flag-of-japansmall Shozo Tagahara Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 1
27 Flag-of-japansmall Taku Bamba Ret 10 Ret 1
Rank Driver OKA
Flag-of-japansmall
SUZ
Flag-of-japansmall
FUJ
Flag-of-japansmall
SEP
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
SUG
Flag-of-japansmall
SUZ
Flag-of-japansmall
FUJ
Flag-of-japansmall
AUT
Flag-of-japansmall
MOT
Flag-of-japansmall
PTS

Template:Motorsport driver results legend

External linksEdit

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