May 14, 2021

Mardenborough on Super GT: “I will be back for sure”

British driver Mardenborough’s links with Nissan go back to his victory in the Japanese manufacturer’s GT Academy competition a decade ago, but his four-season tenure in SUPER GT’s top GT500 category came to an end after a difficult 2020 campaign with Kondo Racing.The lateness of Nissan’s decision, which was communicated in January, meant Mardenborough was left on the sidelines for the …Keep reading …

Fittipaldi parts ways with G-Drive ELMS squad

The Algarve Pro Racing squad that operates the two Aurus-branded G-Drive Oreca entries in the ELMS made the announcement ahead of this weekend’s second ELMS round at the Red Bull Ring.It follows the news that Fittipaldi will skip the Le Mans 24 Hours, which he was supposed to contest alongside John Falb and Rui Andrade, because of a clash with the Gateway round of the NTT IndyCar …Keep reading …

Super GT postpones Suzuka race amid COVID-19 surge

Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix venue Suzuka, located in Mie Prefecture, was due to host the race on May 29-30, but SUPER GT organisers have taken the decision to shelve the event amid a third coronavirus wave in Japan that has hit the nearby city of Osaka especially hard.A brief statement from track owner Mobilityland read: “Due to the spread of COVID-19, a state of emergency has been declared …Keep reading …

Nissan: Suzuka a ‘must-win’ race after Fuji engine blow-up

The Yokohama marque’s hopes of a first GT500 title since 2015 took a blow in last week’s Fuji 500km Golden Week classic as the #23 GT-R shared by Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda suffered a spectacular blow-up at the start of the third lap of the 110-lap contest.It means Quintarelli and Matsuda head to Suzuka later this month with no points on the board, after they were eliminated from …Keep reading …

WEC

Glickenhaus to enter one car for Portimao WEC race

The American boutique manufacturer will finally give its 007 LMH design its race bow in the 8 Hours of Portimao on June 12-13 after skipping the opening round of the WEC season at Spa.However, despite having lodged two full-season entries, Glickenhaus will only be running a single car in Portugal before returning to full strength for the following WEC race at Monza in July.That entry will …Keep reading …

Honda concerned by ballasted Toyotas’ Fuji speed

Real Racing pair Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi scored Honda’s first win of the 2021 season in the Golden Week classic, taking advantage of a full-course yellow period to vault into the lead after qualifying in 11th place.Baguette admitted he and Tsukakoshi “got lucky” with that development, plus both the #8 ARTA Honda and #36 TOM’S Toyota dropping out of contention late on with …Keep reading …