December 2, 2020
IMSA / WEC

Porsche: Audi’s LMDh ambitions won’t affect our own plans

Audi announced on Monday that it would quit Formula E after the 2020/21 season to “intensively prepare” for an LMDh programme that would include the Le Mans and Daytona 24-hour races, and a Dakar entry from 2022.Audi’s sister company Porsche revealed back in March that it is also evaluating the LMDh ruleset which have been jointly devised by ACO and IMSA, raising the possibility of the …Keep reading …

Five moments where Toyota lost the Super GT title

The #37 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra, shared for most of the season by Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy before the latter had to drop out to focus on his Formula E preparations, was in sheer speed terms the undoubted benchmark across the season.However, after getting their campaign off to a winning start in July’s Fuji season opener, there were a number of occasions prior to the crucial decider where the …Keep reading …

Yamamoto: Fuji conclusion “cruel”, but we deserved title

Yamamoto and Makino were crowned champions after a dramatic denouement to Sunday’s race, as Ryo Hirakawa dramatically ran out of fuel within sight of the chequered flag.Hirakawa and his teammate in the #37 TOM’S Toyota, Kenta Yamashita, had commanded the 65-lap contest up to that point, although Yamamoto had been able to whittle down what had been a 15-second advantage for Hirakawa to just two …Keep reading …

The fuel error that cost Hirakawa the Super GT title

Hirakawa and his teammate in the #37 Toyota GR Supra, Kenta Yamashita, dominated the season finale at Fuji Speedway from pole position, putting Hirakawa in position to become SUPER GT’s first solo champion since Ryo Michigami in 2000.That was despite the gap between Hirakawa and the Honda of Naoki Yamamoto narrowing rapidly in the final 15 or so laps of the 65-lap encounter, with Yamamoto …Keep reading …

Fuji Super GT: Honda beats Toyota to title on finish line

Yamamoto stole a last-gasp victory from the #37 TOM’S GR Supra of Hirakawa and Kenta Yamashita that had dominated the majority of the race, as Hirakawa ran out of fuel exiting the final corner on the last lap.It meant the Team Kunimitsu squad scored its second GT500 title in three years, with Yamamoto and Makino following up on the success that Yamamoto achieved in 2018 alongside Formula 1 …Keep reading …

Nissan’s Quintarelli unfazed by Fuji deficit to Toyota

Quintarelli qualified the #23 NISMO GT-R he shares with Tsugio Matsuda sixth for Sunday’s title-decider, a little over seven tenths off the pace set by TOM’S Toyota man Kenta Yamashita.The #23 Nissan crew arrived at Fuji two points behind the lead of the standings, and now face a three-point deficit to TOM’S driver Ryo Hirakawa after qualifying, but can still guarantee themselves the title …Keep reading …

Honda title hopes dealt “heavy blow” by Toyota in Fuji finale

Toyota had won two of the previous three races held at Fuji Speedway and was expected to dominate again for SUPER GT’s fourth visit to the venue in 2020 as part of a heavily-revised calendar that features only three circuits.However, even Honda drivers were left surprised by just how far ahead Toyota was on Saturday, with the GR Supras locking out the first two rows of the …Keep reading …

Kovalainen buoyed by best Super GT grid slot since 2016

SARD Toyota man Kovalainen was second-fastest in qualifying, losing out only to TOM’S driver Kenta Yamashita, in the #39 GR Supra he shares with Yuichi Nakayama.It was the ex-Formula 1 star’s best qualifying showing since the final round of the 2016 season, in which he won the title for SARD alongside Kohei Hirate.Read Also:Fuji Super GT: TOM’S on pole for decider, Toyota …Keep reading …

Eurasia becomes latest LMP2 team to commit to Rolex 24

The Philippines-flagged team will enter a Ligier JS P217 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener in collaboration with Rick Ware Racing, with “an eye” to contesting the entire LMP2 schedule and remaining Michelin Endurance Cup rounds.Cody Ware, son of Rick Ware, is the first confirmed driver for the effort, which will be based out of RWR’s premises in Mooreville, North …Keep reading …