May 30, 2020

IndyCar stands by season-opening Detroit date – for now

Following IndyCar’s decision to reschedule the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis for July 4, and the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 for Aug. 23 that left the seventh and eighth rounds of the original 2020 schedule – the Detroit GP double-header – as the putative season-opener.It would also be the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, America’s premier …Keep reading …

Porsche will formally evaluate WEC/IMSA LMDh entry

Pascal Zurlinden, boss of factory motorsport at Porsche, has revealed that his organisation has been tasked with carrying out a study on new rules that will allow the same machinery to compete for outright victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.”Our board member Mr Michael Steiner [who is responsible for motorsport as research and …Keep reading …

Super GT indefinitely postpones Fuji, Suzuka races

SUPER GT was one of a select few championships around the world to feature some kind of on-track action in March, with a two-day test held at the Okayama Circuit two weeks ago.However, with the Japanese government tightening restrictions amid a spike of COVID-19 cases in the country, it was forced to cancel its second test at Fuji on March 28-29 at the last-minute.GTA has now announced …Keep reading …

Ghiotto could miss F2 races if GT commitments clash

Ghiotto is slated to contest both the Endurance and Sprint Cup segments of the rebranded GT World Challenge Europe series for R-Motorsport, having signed the deal late last year before an unexpected opportunity to stay in F2 with new squad Hitech arose.The Italian had been facing five clashes between the two programmes before the coronavirus pandemic forced the start of both championships to …Keep reading …

Super GT and Super Formula tests called off

SUPER GT successfully held its first test behind closed doors at Okayama this month, and two more days of running were scheduled at Fuji on March 28-29.However, with the Shizuoka prefecture government advising people to refrain from unnecessary travel, GTA made a last-minute call not to proceed with the test.The decision to cancel the test follows just days after Super Formula held its …Keep reading …

IMSA reveals updates to its 2020 race schedule

The Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio, originally set for May 1-3, was officially postponed last Tuesday in response to eight-week guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, IMSA has now announced the event will be held on the weekend of Sept. 25-27.Following the ACO’s postponement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to September 19-20, IMSA has elected to bring …Keep reading …

Kunimitsu is “behind” other Honda teams – Yamamoto

Former champion Yamamoto has shared the Kunimitsu NSX-GT with Jenson Button for the past two seasons, but has been paired with Tadasuke Makino for 2020 – which marks the first season for Honda’s revised front-engined car.In the first test of the pre-season at Okayama, Yamamoto set the fourth-fastest time on the first day, just under four tenths slower than pacesetter Bertrand Baguette, and …Keep reading …

Dillmann targets return to Japan after Super GT cameo

Dillmann drove for the JLOC squad at the first pre-season test of 2020, sharing the team’s #87 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with Yuya Motojima and Tsubasa Takahashi.It was his first run in Japan since 2018, when he contested the Super Formula championship with Team LeMans, finishing 14th in the drivers’ standings with a best result of fourth place.Having been left without a drive since …Keep reading …

Audi driver Mies enjoying “proper” tyres in Japan

Two-time Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Mies was signed by the Hitotsuyama squad to share its Yokohama-shod Audi R8 LMS Evo with Shintaro Kawabata.The German driver set the pace in the GT300 class on the first day at Okayama, a track he had never previously driven at, with a time of 1m25.649s – which proved to be the second-quickest time of the test, beaten only by the Cars Dream Tokai28 Lotus …Keep reading …

Nissan GT-R has improved in “every area” – Mardenborough

Nissan has mostly trailed both Honda and Lexus in the last two years in GT500, scoring just two victories during that period compared to nine for Lexus and five for Honda.The Yokohama marque hasn’t won a GT500 championship since Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda’s triumph in 2015, its longest dry spell in the history of the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship/SUPER GT.However …Keep reading …