June 5, 2020

IMSA reveals updates to its 2020 race schedule

The Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio, originally set for May 1-3, was officially postponed last Tuesday in response to eight-week guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, IMSA has now announced the event will be held on the weekend of Sept. 25-27.Following the ACO’s postponement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to September 19-20, IMSA has elected to bring …Keep reading …

Kunimitsu is “behind” other Honda teams – Yamamoto

Former champion Yamamoto has shared the Kunimitsu NSX-GT with Jenson Button for the past two seasons, but has been paired with Tadasuke Makino for 2020 – which marks the first season for Honda’s revised front-engined car.In the first test of the pre-season at Okayama, Yamamoto set the fourth-fastest time on the first day, just under four tenths slower than pacesetter Bertrand Baguette, and …Keep reading …

Dillmann targets return to Japan after Super GT cameo

Dillmann drove for the JLOC squad at the first pre-season test of 2020, sharing the team’s #87 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with Yuya Motojima and Tsubasa Takahashi.It was his first run in Japan since 2018, when he contested the Super Formula championship with Team LeMans, finishing 14th in the drivers’ standings with a best result of fourth place.Having been left without a drive since …Keep reading …

Audi driver Mies enjoying “proper” tyres in Japan

Two-time Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Mies was signed by the Hitotsuyama squad to share its Yokohama-shod Audi R8 LMS Evo with Shintaro Kawabata.The German driver set the pace in the GT300 class on the first day at Okayama, a track he had never previously driven at, with a time of 1m25.649s – which proved to be the second-quickest time of the test, beaten only by the Cars Dream Tokai28 Lotus …Keep reading …

Nissan GT-R has improved in “every area” – Mardenborough

Nissan has mostly trailed both Honda and Lexus in the last two years in GT500, scoring just two victories during that period compared to nine for Lexus and five for Honda.The Yokohama marque hasn’t won a GT500 championship since Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda’s triumph in 2015, its longest dry spell in the history of the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship/SUPER GT.However …Keep reading …

Mazda switches from Joest to Multimatic for remainder of 2020

Team Joest took over from SpeedSource in 2017 to run the Mazda Prototype project but under the terms of the agreement, the partnership was due to end following this year’s Sebring 12 Hours.With that race being postponed until November, the alliance is terminated at the end of this month, and Multimatic will take over the racing operations and racecar development.”Mazda is looking forward …Keep reading …

Deletraz set for GT World Challenge Europe debut

The Swiss, who will be racing in Formula 2 again this year with the Charouz team, has been pencilled in to drive one of GPX’s Porsche 911 GT3 Rs at the Paul Ricard 1000km six-hour GTWCE Endurance Cup round on May 30 should it go ahead. Deletraz will replace Dennis Olsen, who is scheduled to be racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Detroit on the same weekend, in the line-up …Keep reading …

New Supra is a step behind Honda, feels Cassidy

Honda ended up with the fastest time across last weekend’s behind-closed-doors test, with Real Racing driver Bertrand Baguette setting the quickest time over the two days.Sho Tsuboi topped the second day of running but fell short of Baguette’s Saturday benchmark by 0.273s at the wheel of the #14 Toyota, heading a Cerumo 1-2 on Sunday, while the quickest Nissan was less than three tenths off …Keep reading …

GP Long Beach confirmed canceled, ticket plan in place

As recently as yesterday, Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of GPALB had been investigating all options for alternative calendar dates in 2020, trying to find a solution that worked for IndyCar, IMSA, the Long Beach Convention Center, and City of Long Beach officials. However, the currently unquantifiable nature of the COVID-19 spread has rendered insuperable the odds of coming to a …Keep reading …

Bathurst 6 Hour moved to November

With bans on mass gatherings over 500 people set to be in place for the foreseeable future, promoter Australian Racing Group has made the call to combine its two Bathurst events in November.That will also affect the TCR Australia series, which was set to stage its second points-paying round at Mount Panorama at Easter.The news effectively means there will be three TCR Australia meetings …Keep reading …