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Fagg Set for Debut With D’station at Fuji

Charlie Fagg reunited with D’station Racing as he gets set for SUPER GT debut at Fuji Speedway…

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Charlie Fagg is set to make his SUPER GT debut in next month’s second round of the season at Fuji Speedway with D’station Racing.

Fagg has been listed as a third driver alongside D’station regulars Tomonobu Fujii and Marco Sorensen aboard the team’s No. 777 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Evo for the three-hour race on May 3-4.

The British driver is well known to D’station, having been part of the squad’s lineup in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022 and scoring a podium at Fuji alongside teammates Fujii and Satoshi Hoshino.

Since then he has raced for Optimum Motorsport in Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and International GT Open, winning last year’s title in the latter series.

Fagg, who is set to take part in a pre-event test at Okayama International Circuit on Wednesday, is one of numerous third drivers to have been added to the entry list for the Golden Week Fuji race in the GT300 class.

Bruno Spengler will make his first of five planned outings this year in the No. 7 Team Studie BMW M4 GT3 alongside Niklas Kruetten and Seiji Ara.

Several graduates from Japanese Formula 4 are also set for their debuts, including Yuta Fujiwara (Pacific Racing Mercedes-AMG), Yusuke Mitsui (Team UpGarage Honda) and Rin Arakawa (Tomei Sports Nissan).

A total of 42 cars are entered for the Fuji race, which will be run over three hours, making it the first-ever timed SUPER GT race.

The Gainer Nissan Z that did not run in last month’s season opener at Okayama appears on the entry list as the team targets giving the car its race debut.

There are no changes to the entry in the GT500 class from Okayama.

Nissan GT-R Gets Weight Break in Fuji BoP

A number of changes have been made to the Balance of Performance in the GT300 class for next month’s Fuji race.

Most notably, the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 that ran at 1402 kg at Okayama has been handed a 30 kg weight break, bringing it down to 1372 kg – only 1 kg heavier than the next-heaviest car, the Honda NSX GT3 Evo22.

Also with weight breaks are the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo and the Ferrari 296 GT3, which have both been cut by 10 kg to 1359 kg and 1361 kg respectively.

However, the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Evo and BMW M4 GT3 have both been given an additional 10 kg, with both now tipping the scales at 1366 kg.

On the GTA-GT300 side, the Toyota GR Supra has seen its weight cut to 1328 kg, down 13 kg, the Lexus LC500h is down 10 kg to 1368 kg and the Toyota GR86 GT has been given a reduction of 8 kg, now weighing in at 1333 kg.

Subaru’s works BRZ is the sole GTA-GT300 car to have been given extra weight, rising by 15 kg to 1316 kg.

The Lamborghini Huracan GT3, in both EVO and EVO2 specs, and the Mercedes-AMG have been given larger air restrictors for Fuji, while the Nissan GT-R and Aston Martin have been given extra turbo boost pressure across the board.

The BMW and Ferrari have both seen small reductions in boost, while the Honda has been given extra boost lower down the rev range but less boost at the top end.

Jamie Klein is Sportscar365's Asian editor. Japan-based Klein, who previously worked for Motorsport Network on the Motorsport.cоm and Autosport titles, covers the FIA World Endurance Championship and SUPER GT, among other series.

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