September 30, 2020

Super GT returns to conventional schedule for Round 2

The Japanese series had experimented with holding qualifying and the race on the same day for the season opener, with the ostensible goal of allowing personnel to spend less time at the track and therefore lessening health risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.However, teams still largely arrived on Friday morning as they would have done anyway, and GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh admitted the costs …Keep reading …

Corvette hopeful for Road America, expects BMW fightback

For this fourth round of the championship, all GT Le Mans-class cars have had their fuel capacity increased – the BMW M8s by 12 liters, the Corvettes by five liters and the Porsche 911 RSRs by three liters – but the BMWs, run by Rahal Letterman Lanigan, have also had their minimum weight cut by 22lbs [10kg] and their power increased by 14hp.This could throw a high hurdle in the …Keep reading …

Toyota engine “in another dimension”, says Yamamoto

Toyota locked out the top five positions in the delayed 2020 curtain-raiser earlier this month, as TOM’S pair Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa breezed to a comfortable win.Honda put up a strong fight in qualifying, with the #8 ARTA NSX-GT setting the pace in Q1 and bagging a spot on the front row in Q2. But in the race its challenge wilted, as the Team Kunimitsu car of Yamamoto and Tadasuke …Keep reading …

SARD calls up new driver to replace absent Kovalainen

Sakaguchi, who usually races in the GT300 class for the K-Tunes Racing Lexus outfit, will make his GT500 debut in SARD’s #39 GR Supra alongside team regular Yuichi Nakayama.He takes the place of reigning SUPER GT champion Kenta Yamashita, who was drafted in for last month’s pre-season test at Fuji and the opening round of the series, with ex-Formula 1 racer Kovalainen still unable to make the …Keep reading …

WRT Audi wins Imola GT World Challenge Europe opener

In the hands of Matthieu Vaxiviere, Kelvin van der Linde and Mirko Bortolotti, the #31 Audi R8 LMS took the lead in the second hour after a sensational stint from van der Linde.In total, there were five full course yellow periods – three of which occurred inside the opening hour – which contributed to a stop-start race, but the Audi remained the class of the field, beating the #12 GPX …Keep reading …

Starworks pulls out of IMSA’s Road America round

Starworks’ Ryan Dalziel and John Farano finished fourth in the LMP2 class in both the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and at the Sebring 240, the first two races of the seven-round championship for that category.However, the team’s announcement via social media states that the Watkins Glen 6 Hours, Petit Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring – in other words, the remaining rounds of the Michelin …Keep reading …

Daytona reveals later 2021 Roar Before the Rolex 24 date

The Roar Before the Rolex 24 test, mandatory for all teams taking part in the race itself, traditionally takes place during the first week of January.But a statement issued by Daytona on Friday revealed that next year the three-day test will take place on January 22-24, just a week before the new IMSA season begins in earnest with the Rolex 24 on January 30-31.The new schedule allows teams …Keep reading …

Yamashita “made up” for missing Kovalainen at Fuji

Yamashita was parachuted into the line-up of SARD’s #39 GR Supra alongside Yuichi Nakayama when it became clear that Japan’s entry restrictions for foreigners would prevent Kovalainen from being present for the first round of the delayed 2020 season.Having got his first taste of the Supra in the pre-season test at Fuji the previous month, Yamashita helped the team to a fifth-place finish, as …Keep reading …