September 30, 2020

Five takeaways from the Fuji Super GT curtain-raiser

The new GR Supra will be very hard to beatOn Sunday, the all-new GR Supra became the fourth new Toyota GT500 model in a row to win on its SUPER GT debut, following the Lexus SC430 (2006), the RC F (2014) and the LC500 (2017). And it did so in dominant style, locking out the top five positions and leaving rival marques Honda and Nissan, also with new cars for the 2020 rules, to lick their …Keep reading …

Castroneves calls for Acura BoP help after tough Sebring

Acura fell only two tenths short of pole for the third round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season thanks to Juan Pablo Montoya’s effort in the #6 car, and in the race both ARX-05s were a match in the fastest lap stakes for every other car in the DPi class except the winning Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R of Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani.However, any hopes of a podium finish …Keep reading …

Rookie Fenestraz “surprised” to keep up with Yamamoto

Stepping up to the top class with TOM’S after a season in the lower GT300 class, Fenestraz and his squadmate Yuhi Sekiguchi completed a one-two for the team behind the sister car of Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa, as Toyota locked out the top five.Fenestraz qualified third but spent the bulk of his stint behind the wheel of the #36 GR Supra trying to find a way by Yamamoto in the Team Kunimitsu …Keep reading …

Cassidy explains “easiest” Super GT win, Supra domination

Cassidy and teammate Ryo Hirakawa gave the all-new Toyota GR Supra a win in its first race outing, with the marque locking out the top five positions at its home track.It was a straightforward victory for the #37 TOM’S pair, who started on pole and then survived two safety car restarts – the latter of which wiped out a lead of more than 20 seconds – to win by five seconds over the sister #36 …Keep reading …

Nasr, Derani elated by “awesome” pace at Sebring

The third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was a 2hr40min event at the venue which will hold its classic 12 Hour race unusually late in the season – November 14, the season finale – due to the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic.Unlike at the previous round at Daytona which was dominated by the Mazda RT-24Ps, the Cadillacs appeared stronger around the …Keep reading …

Fuji Super GT: Cassidy, Hirakawa win on Supra debut

Having taken a surprise pole earlier in the day in qualifying, Cassidy and Hirakawa were never headed during the 66-lap contest, surviving two safety car restarts en route to their fifth GT500 victory as a duo at the wheel of the #37 TOM’S GR Supra.Cassidy took the start and resisted the Hondas of Nirei Fukuzumi and Naoki Yamamoto in the early exchanges before the first caution period was …Keep reading …

Fuji Super GT: Toyota takes surprise pole for opener

Having topped Saturday evening’s practice session, Honda went into qualifying as the clear favourite with its fleet of new front-engined NSX-GTs.That status was confirmed in the first segment of qualifying as Nirei Fukuzumi broke the existing GT500 lap record at Fuji with a time of 1m26.433s in the #8 ARTA Honda.But, come the eight-car pole shootout, Fukuzumi’s teammate Tomoki Nojiri was …Keep reading …

IMSA Sebring: Derani, Nasr dominate, lead Cadillac 1-2-3

PrototypesDerani’s pole-winning Cadillac sprinted into the lead at the start and Renger van der Zande in the WTR Cadillac pulled alongside as front-row starter Juan Pablo Montoya stumbled in the Acura ARX-05 and fell to fourth, behind Tristan Nunez in the #77 Mazda, and just ahead of his own teammate Helio Castroneves. In sixth, Jonathan Bomarito in the second Mazda demoted both JDC-Miller …Keep reading …

IMSA Sebring: AXR Cadillac, Corvette, Lexus take poles

Derani lapped the 17-turn 3.74-mile Sebring course in 1min46.733sec to grab pole for the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.Juan Pablo Montoya ensured it wasn’t a Cadillac DPi-V.R lockout of Row 1, but his Acura Team Penske ARX-05 fell 0.216sec short of P1, albeit 0.16sec faster than Renger van der Zande in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy.Tristan Nunez was by far …Keep reading …