April 21, 2021

The change that enabled Toyota to dominate at Okayama

After locking out the top five in qualifying with its quintet of Bridgestone-shod GR Supras, Toyota scored a 1-2-3-4 finish on race day, with Rookie Racing pair Kenta Yamashita and Kazuya Oshima triumphing after a fierce battle with Sho Tsuboi’s TOM’S machine.What made Toyota’s performance even more impressive was that Okayama was not perceived to be a good fit for the GR Supra, which …Keep reading …

Fenestraz facing prolonged wait to return to Japan

Fenestraz has spent the last few months on standby in Dubai, having been unable to return to Japan owing to complications surrounding his visa status amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Having been forced to sit out pre-season testing for both Super Formula and SUPER GT, the Franco-Argentinian driver was unable to arrive in Japan in time for either championship’s respective opening rounds at Fuji and …Keep reading …

Makino named as third driver for Fuji Super GT race

Makino, who won last year’s title alongside Naoki Yamamoto, has been out of action in both SUPER GT and Super Formula since last December, when he was struck by a bout of meningitis.He was discharged from hospital in January but was forced to skip all of pre-season testing and the respective opening races of both categories at Okayama and Fuji.However, an entry list for the Fuji 500km on …Keep reading …

Kubica didn’t expect such an “easy” first LMP2 victory

Kubica, Louis Deletraz and Yifei Ye scored a convincing win aboard WRT’s #41 Oreca 07 in Sunday’s four-hour race by 22 seconds over the #65 Panis Racing Oreca of Will Stevens, Gabriel Aubry and Julien Canal.Ex-Formula 2 driver Deletraz did the bulk of the heavy lifting as he started second behind G-Drive Racing’s Roman Rusinov, and after an early safety car period (deployed for Henrik Hedman …Keep reading …

Porsche beats Mercedes in GT World Challenge Monza opener

Christian Engelhart, Matteo Cairoli and Klaus Bachler came through to claim victory at the end of the rain-effected event by 2.8s from the lead Auto Sport Promotion Mercedes-AMG GT3 shared by Raffaele Marciello, Daniel Juncadella and Jules Gounon. The best of the Dinamic Porsche 911 GT3 Rs had qualified only 12th, but Engelhart had propelled the car up to fifth place in the space of 17 …Keep reading …

Williams F1 reserve Aitken making GT switch to broaden skillset

Aitken, who will contest both the Endurance and Sprint Cup legs of the series aboard a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, explained that there is “a lot to be learned by doing something a bit different”.The 25-year-old will make his GT racing debut in this weekend’s opening round of the Endurance Cup segment of the GTWCE at Monza.He is sharing one of three Emil Frey Lamborghinis entered in this …Keep reading …

Opinion: Why Honda will be green with substitution envy

One of the biggest talking points going into the Okayama weekend was how both the #1 Kunimitsu Honda and #37 TOM’S Toyota crews would each fare without one of their regular drivers, with both Tadasuke Makino and Sacha Fenestraz unfortunately absent.And on the evidence of the events that unfolded on Sunday, one of those teams looks like it’s hardly been affected by the enforced change …Keep reading …