April 22, 2021

NASCAR’s Austin Dillon to run Rolex 24 with RWR Eurasia

On Thursday, RWR Eurasia announced three of its four drivers which will compete in one of Eurasia’s Ligier JS P217 Gibsons in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.Joining Dillon will be Salih Yoluc, a Turkish driver who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE-Am class, and Cody Ware, the reigning Asian Le Mans Series champion. Read Also:NASCAR champ …Keep reading …

Mugen can be “proud” of Super GT results in tough year

In the first year of the team’s tie-up with Red Bull, Mugen pair Sasahara and Hideki Mutoh ended up 12th out of 15 GT500 crews in the standings, six points shy of the next-worst Honda NSX-GT pairing, Nakajima Racing’s Takuya Izawa and Hiroki Otsu.However, a third place in the first Motegi race in September and two other top-six finishes left Sasahara and Mutoh well ahead of the other two …Keep reading …

Two-time Daytona 24 Hours winner John Paul Jr dies

The American was one of the stars of the IMSA GTP Championship in the early 1980s, winning Daytona and the Sebring 12 Hours in 1982 with his father John Paul Sr and the family JLP Racing squad on the way to taking the series title.He went on to score a second victory in the 24-hour blue riband in 1997 with Dyson Racing.A stop-start career at the highest level in single-seaters in North …Keep reading …

Matsushita closing on Nissan Super GT drive in 2021

The Formula 2 exile is a leading candidate to race for the Impul squad at the wheel of the team’s famous Calsonic-liveried GT-R alongside Kazuki Hiramine, a move likely to prompt a wider reshuffle of Nissan’s GT500 roster.Daiki Sasaki, who has been part of the Impul line-up since 2018, has been tipped to switch to the Kondo Racing squad, putting Jann Mardenborough’s future with Nissan in …Keep reading …

Kovalainen: SARD now more like a “professional team”

Ex-Formula 1 racer Kovalainen rounded off his sixth season with SARD with his best grid slot since his title-winning 2016 campaign in the Fuji Speedway finale, although he and teammate Yuichi Nakayama’s race was ruined by early contact with Sacha Fenestraz’s Toyota.That left the Finnish driver 11th in the drivers’ standings, having missed the first two races of the 2020 campaign due to Japan’s …Keep reading …

The Top 10 Super GT/Super Formula drivers of 2020

Motorsport.com once again brings you its countdown of the most impressive performers from both of Japan’s two top categories, with a mixture of home-grown talent and international stars making up this year’s list. Following much deliberation, debate, drafting and re-drafting, read on to see who makes the cut after a unique season.Race startPhoto by: Masahide KamioHonourable …Keep reading …

Super GT’s 2021 schedule will be “a lot better” for Honda

Three circuits usually visited by the Japanese series – Okayama, Sugo and Autopolis – were axed in the wake of the pandemic, while planned overseas visits to Malaysia’s Sepang and Thailand’s Buriram tracks also fell by the wayside.That left just three venues to make up the 2020 schedule, with the championship visiting Fuji four times, Suzuka twice and Motegi twice.This was perceived to …Keep reading …

Briscoe, Jones join Scuderia Corsa for Rolex 24

Briscoe and Jones will join Bret Curtis and Marcos Gomes at the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GT3 for the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, in a separate effort from the car run for the full season last year under the WeatherTech Racing banner.“I truly believe this lineup has a chance to win,” Scuderia Corsa owner Giacomo Mattioli said. “They have the experience, the …Keep reading …