Introducing the teams
About GS & Team UKYO
In 2008, Goodsmile Company became the primary sponsor of Studie GLAD Racing, a team which took part in the GT300 race division of the Super GT racing series in a car featuring illustrations of Hatsune Miku. In 2010, a new subsidiary company called Goodsmile Racing (GSR) was established which became the new racing team owner. The team would taste their first success in 2011 season, by winning three out of eight races and take their first driver’s championship title in GT300 class. They would later win another two GT300 drivers Championship in 2014 and 2017 seasons, being one of the most successful Super GT teams in series’ history.
Super GT began in 1993, and is widely thought of as the top level of sports car racing in Japan. It is sanctioned by the JAF and the GTA. It has two series, GT500 (15 teams) and GT300 (20 teams). Originally, 500 and 300 referred to the maximum BHP of the cars, however these days the cars in both series produce way over the traditional limits. In 2014, Super GT and the German touring car series DTM announced the creation of “Class One” which would unify GT500’s and DTM’s technical regulations, allowing manufacturers to race in both series with a single specification of car. After some delays, full unification of technical regulations is set for 2019.
Records & Achievements
GSR Super GT Record
About the vehicle
Mercedes Goodsmile Hatsune Miku AMG GT3
18 May 1971 – Japan
Taniguchi’s first love was his motorbike, racing from the age of 18. Over the next 7 years, he moved more towards drift racing, before winning some top events in 1996 and gaining international acclaim. From 2001 he began racing in disciplines such as 24-hour racing, WTCC in 2009, and Super Taikyu (winning it twice), before moving to Super GT300 in 2002, joining Team UKYO in 2011 and winning the championship three times. In 2018, Taniguchi was nominated for the GT300 Driver of the Year, at the Super GT World Awards.
01 May 1979 – Japan
Katoka began racing karts competitively in 1996 and has gone on to race in Le Mans, GT500, GT300, Formula Nippon and Formula 3. He began racing in the Super GT300 in 2012 and now has 3 championship titles to his name