GT World Challenge Asia and Japan Cup are racing at Fuji International Circuit this weekend.

By Steven Walton

GT World Challenge Asia’s 33-car GT3 grid will race in Fuji alongside SRO Motorsports Group’s newly created Japan Cup series.

Previously, Japan Cup was a championship within GT World Challenge Asia, but it has become a standalone series for 2024.

Sixteen cars will compete in Japan Cup this weekend across three classes: GT3, GTC and GT4.

GT World Challenge Asia and Japan Cup race separately. Two 60-minute races will be held for each series during the Fuji weekend.

For GT World Challenge Asia, Fuji is the third round of the season after visits to Sepang in Malaysia and Buriram in Thailand.

GT World Challenge Asia has two more rounds in Japan this year, one at Suzuka and another at Okayama.

The Fuji entry list for GT World Challenge Asia features only a handful of changes from the previous round in Buriram.

The #3 Elegant Racing Team Mercedes, which did not race in Buriram, will race in Fuji. This car competes in the Am class.

Some driver changes have been made too. The most notable include Jules Gounon replacing Ralf Aron in the #22 Climax Racing Mercedes, Jayden Ojeda replacing Max Goetz in the #88 Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes, and Joel Eriksson replacing Bastian Buus in the #93 Phantom Global Racing Porsche.

For Japan Cup, the Fuji round comes a fortnight after the season opener at Sportsland Sugo.

Both Sugo races were won by the #9 Bingo Racing Corvette driven by Ukyo Sasahara and Shinji Takei.

Sasahara will not return for the Fuji round and Takei will instead share the Corvette with Motoki Takami.

Live coverage of GT World Challenge Asia and Japan Cup will be available on the GT World YouTube channel.

The first GT World Challenge Asia race starts at 12.40pm local time (3.40am GMT) on Saturday, with the second race at 11am local time (2am GMT) on Sunday.

For Japan Cup, the first race starts at 3.30pm local time (6.30am GMT) on Saturday, with the second race a day later at 2.15pm local time (5.15am GMT).

The full schedule for the Fuji weekend is available here.

Header image credit: GT World Challenge Asia/SRO Motorsports Group

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