April 23, 2021

How Toyota’s Sekiguchi rediscovered his motivation

Sekiguchi, who has driven for the Lexus/Toyota stable in the GT500 class since 2014 and for the flagship TOM’S team since 2018, was partnered in the #36 GR Supra last year by rookie Sacha Fenestraz, 12 years his junior.With Fenestraz moving across to replace Nick Cassidy in the sister #37 TOM’S team this year, another youngster in the form of Sho Tsuboi was drafted in to partner Sekiguchi …Keep reading …

Menezes to make ELMS return with DragonSpeed

Ex-Rebellion Racing LMP1 star and Peugeot LMH signing Menezes will partner DragonSpeed regulars Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman at the wheel of the American team’s Oreca 07 on May 16.It will be Menezes’ first ELMS appearance since he contested the full 2018 campaign for the Algarve Pro Racing-run Rebellion team.The 26-year-old is also making his second outing for DragonSpeed after he and …Keep reading …

WEC

PR1/Mathiasen enters Tech1 alliance for WEC debut

Last month, it was revealed that PR1 would be joining an expanded LMP2 field for the 2021 WEC season opener at Spa ahead of its debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours in August.Patrick Kelly, who won last year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship LMP2 title and earned the Jim Trueman Award in the process, will be joined at Spa and Le Mans by Simon Trummer and Gabriel Aubry.Trummer partnered …Keep reading …

Phil Hill – America’s first F1 champion and Le Mans legend

Philip Toll Hill Jr. is perhaps the most under-appreciated World Champion in Formula 1 history, and one wonders if this is simply a result of him being so smart. The wisest people learn not only from their own mistakes but those of others, too, and this Miami-born, Santa Monica-bred guy had witnessed plenty of trauma by the time he reached the top of the motorsport world in 1961. He had long since …Keep reading …

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 …