August 1, 2021

Sugo’s new pitlane exit branded “dangerous” by drivers

The Miyagi Prefecture track, which hosted the fourth round of the Super Formula season earlier this month, modified its pitlane exit as part of a wider refurbishment of the pit and paddock complex, the first phase of which was completed earlier this year.As well as the pitlane itself being widened by two metres, drivers exiting the pits now merge back on to the track at the outside of the Turn …Keep reading …

The junior driver Honda (probably) regrets letting go of

As previously documented, this year’s SUPER GT season opener was a curious affair, as the top two cars from last year’s championship standings both had substitute drivers.In such situations, you’d normally expect the experienced hand to shine and the unknown quantity to perhaps struggle under the pressure, but at Okayama it was the exact reverse: while Hideki Mutoh flopped at the wheel …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 …

How does Yamamoto stack up against Japan’s greats?

Who is the greatest driver of all-time? It’s a difficult one to answer no matter which championship or discipline you happen to be scrutinising, but matters are even more complicated when you consider who has the strongest claim to be Japan’s best-ever domestic racer.Firstly, when it comes to looking at the stats, which series do you count? These days, Super Formula and SUPER GT sit …Keep reading …

Makino waiting to be in “perfect condition” for comeback

Makino, who won last year’s SUPER GT title alongside Naoki Yamamoto, was struck down by meningitis last December shortly after the penultimate round of the Super Formula season at Suzuka, and was forced to miss the final race of the season at Fuji Speedway.The ex-Formula 2 racer has yet to make an appearance in a test session in either of Japan’s top two domestic series since leaving …Keep reading …

Sugo escapes damage as earthquake hits northern Japan

Almost exactly 10 years on from the devastating Tohoku earthquake of March 2011, the Fukushima region some 300 kilometres north of Tokyo was hit by a magnitude 7.3 quake that reportedly left more than 100 injured and thousands of homes without power.A major expressway was also blocked by a resultant landslide, while the ‘Shinkansen’ bullet train service was also suspended in the …Keep reading …

Makino discharged from hospital after one month

Ex-Formula 2 driver Makino was diagnosed with meningitis shortly after the Super Formula races at Suzuka in December and missed the season finale at Suzuka the same month to undergo treatment.After spending a month in hospital, Makino has revealed that he has returned home and will continue his recovery ahead of the start of the new season.The Japanese driver however warned that he will …Keep reading …

Cassidy open to future return to Japanese racing

Cassidy revealed ahead of the start of the 2020 Super Formula campaign that he would be bowing out of the series after securing a FE seat with Envision Virgin Racing for 2021.The New Zealander had initially hoped to combine his new role with a full- or part-time campaign in SUPER GT with TOM’S, but ongoing uncertainties with travel restrictions due to the global health crisis have put paid to …Keep reading …

The Top 10 Super GT/Super Formula drivers of 2020

Motorsport.com once again brings you its countdown of the most impressive performers from both of Japan’s two top categories, with a mixture of home-grown talent and international stars making up this year’s list. Following much deliberation, debate, drafting and re-drafting, read on to see who makes the cut after a unique season.Race startPhoto by: Masahide KamioHonourable …Keep reading …