April 21, 2021

Nissan: Okayama result “unfortunate”, pace encouraging

On a weekend dominated by Toyota, which locked out the top five in qualifying and the top four in the race, Nissan’s best performer was the #3 NDDP/B-Max Racing car of Katsumasa Chiyo and Kohei Hirate that qualified 10th of the 15 GT500 runners and finished ninth.The only other GT-R to finish inside the points was the #12 Impul car of Kazuki Hiramine and Nobuharu Matsushita in 10th after a …Keep reading …

Full-course yellow back on the agenda for Super GT

The Japanese series had been planning to bring in the FCY used widely in other championships for 2020 following the controversy at Fuji in 2019, where Team LeMans Toyota pair Kazuya Oshima and Kenta Yamashita took a dominant win after pitting moments before the safety car was deployed.But following problems getting the internet-based system to work properly during pre-season testing, it was …Keep reading …

WEC

Webb returns to WEC with ARC Bratislava LMP2 team

Webb, 30, will join the Slovakian outfit from the second round of the championship at Portimao in June, with his commitments in the GT Cup in the UK preventing him from taking part in the season opener at Spa-Francorchamps next month. The 30-year-old will be replaced at the Belgian venue by Asian Le Mans Series regular Darren Burke.Team owner Miro Konopka will contest the entire six-round …Keep reading …

Why SARD couldn’t match other Toyotas at Okayama

Ex-Formula 1 driver Kovalainen and his teammate Yuichi Nakayama completed an all-Toyota top four in Sunday’s curtain-raiser behind the winning Rookie Racing GR Supra and the two TOM’S entries.However, the Denso-liveried #39 machine was off the pace of the leading three Toyotas, with Nakayama unable to maintain the third spot he inherited when the #37 TOM’S car dropped from first to fourth with …Keep reading …

How vacant pit stalls decided Okayama GT300 battle

Kondo‚Äôs reigning champions Joao Paulo de Oliveira and Kiyoto Fujinami opened their title defence with their third win in five races on Sunday in their Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.It came after a mid-race safety car period shuffled the pack in both classes, as the majority of cars all dived into the pits on the same lap in anticipation of a caution period following a spin for the Tomei Sports …Keep reading …

WEC

Glickenhaus to skip first round of WEC at Spa

The US entrant appeared on the initial entry list for the Spa 6 Hours on May 1 published last month, but marque founder Jim Glickenhaus stressed that he had not committed to taking part with his pair of 007 LMHs.Now, he has confirmed that Glickenhaus Racing will miss the Belgian series opener and instead give the 007 a debut in round two of this year’s WEC at Portimao in June.”We are …Keep reading …

Porsche, Ferrari guarantee GTE’s future through 2022

The extension of the commitment of the two remaining manufacturers in the WEC’s top GT division after Aston Martin’s withdrawal at the end of 2020 ensures that the division will continue for at least another season beyond the soon-to-begin 2021 campaign. That is in line with the position of WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the FIA, which have both stated that there is no …Keep reading …

Honda must react to prevent Toyota Fuji blowout

Real Racing pair Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi finished as the best of the Honda contingent at Okayama in fifth place behind an all-Toyota top four, having qualified down in ninth place.Only a late pass for Tsukakoshi on the Cerumo Toyota for fifth prevented Toyota from repeating its 1-2-3-4-5 result from last year’s season opener at Fuji Speedway.Baguette, who drove the opening stint in …Keep reading …