Fourteen cars have been entered for Japan Cup at Sportsland Sugo next weekend. Japan Cup is a sister series of GT World Challenge Asia and it features both GT3 and GT4 cars. Sugo hosts the first of four 2024 Japan Cup rounds.

By Steven Walton

Japan Cup was introduced by SRO Motorsports Group in 2022 as a championship within GT World Challenge Asia.

For 2024, Japan Cup has become a standalone series with its own 60-minute races.

The season-opener on June 7-9 at Sugo is a standalone event. The other three Japan Cup rounds take place alongside GT World Challenge Asia.

Fourteen cars have been entered for Japan Cup’s Sugo season-opener, though SRO Motorsports Group said entries were expected to increase at the next round in Fuji.

The 14 entries are made up of eight GT3s and six GT4s.

Four of the GT3 entries are in the Pro-Am class while the other four will race in the Am class.

In GT4, all entries except one are in the Silver-Am class. The other entry is in the Am class.

Seven manufacturers are represented in the GT3 field: Ferrari, Corvette, Aston Martin, McLaren, Lexus, Nissan and Lamborghini. Meanwhile, Mercedes, Toyota, BMW and Porsche are represented in the GT4 field.

BINGO Racing’s Corvette C7 GT3-R returns in GT3. Last year, it was the overall winner in the first race in Fuji as part of GT World Challenge Asia.

In Sugo, the Corvette will be shared by Shinji Takei and Super Formula and Super GT driver Ukyo Sasahara, though Sasahara will only race in the opening round. He is the only FIA gold-rated driver in the field.

Last year’s Japan Cup Pro-Am drivers’ champions – Yuta Kamimura and Hiroaki Nagai – will not race at Sugo. They are competing this year in GT World Challenge Asia.

Last year’s Japan Cup Am champions – Yusuke Yamasaki and Yorikatsu Tsujiko – have returned for 2024. They will share the #7 Comet Racing Ferrari 296 GT3.

All drivers entered for Sugo will race under a Japanese flag, except for Indonesia’s Haridarma Manoppo, who will race in the GT4 class for Toyota Gazoo Racing Indonesia.

Japan Cup will be joined at Sugo by Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Japan, which will race as a support series.

Both Japan Cup races in Sugo will be live-streamed on the GT World YouTube channel.

After Sugo, Japan Cup visits Fuji, Suzuka, and Okayama.

Japan Cup entries for Sugo

GT3

  • #7 – Comet Racing – Ferrari 296 GT3 – Am
  • #9 – BINGO Racing – Corvette C7 GT3-R – Pro-Am
  • #47 – D’station Racing – Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 – Am
  • #55 – Team MACCHINA – McLaren 720S GT3 – Am
  • #96 – K-Tunes Racing – Lexus RC F GT3 – Pro-Am
  • #98 – K-Tunes Racing – Ferrari 296 GT3 – Pro-Am
  • #360 – RUNUP SPORTS – Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 – Am
  • #563 – ANR with VSR – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 – Pro-Am

GT4

  • #16 – ABSSA MOTORSPORT – Mercedes-AMG GT4 Evo – Am
  • #38 – WAKAYAMA TOYOTA with HOJUST RACING – Toyota GR Supra GT4 Evo – Silver-Am
  • #39 – TOYOTA GAZOO RACING INDONESIA – Toyota GR Supra GT4 Evo – Silver-Am
  • #50 – YZ RACING – BMW M4 GT4 G82 – Silver-Am
  • #82 – SUNRISE BLVD – Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport – Silver-Am
  • #97 – K-Tunes Racing – Toyota GR Supra GT4 – Silver-Am

Japan Cup Sugo schedule

All times are in Japan Standard Time.

Saturday

  • Qualifying 1 (15 minutes): 3 pm (6 am GMT)
  • Qualifying 2 (15 minutes): 3.22 pm (6.22 am GMT)

Sunday

  • Race 1 (60 mins + 1 lap): 10.30 am (1.30 am GMT)
  • Race 2 (60 mins + 1 lap): 3.15 pm (6.15 am GMT)

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

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