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2020 SUPER GT cars complete first public runs at Motegi season ender

SUPER GT’s 2020-spec GT500 cars made their public debut in a demonstration run ahead of the final round of the season at Motegi on Sunday.

The new cars, which conform to the Class One regulations SUPER GT will share with the DTM next year, were first unveiled in September and have since been tested behind closed doors.

Sunday’s demo run marked the first time that the new Toyota GR Supra, the revised front-engined Honda NSX-GT and the 2020-spec Nissan GT-R hit the track in public.

Toyota and Lexus SUPER GT veteran Yuji Tachikawa drove the Supra, outgoing series champion Naoki Yamamoto the Honda and Tsugio Matsuda the Nissan. The trio each completed three laps of the Motegi track.

Tachikawa, who campaigned the previous-generation Supra in the Japanese Grand Touring Championship that preceded Super GT between 1999 and ’05, said: “Above all, I’m looking forward to racing next year because the Supra is coming back to SUPER GT.”

Speaking before his final SUPER GT race alongside Jenson Button, Yamamoto said: “I’m happy the fans have got to see the NSX running in front-rear configuration.

“It was difficult for Honda to convert a car that had been running in midship configuration until now, so I would like to thank Honda and I will do my best to become champion in this car.”

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