January 21, 2021

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 …

Hirakawa using Super Formula to forget Super GT heartbreak

Toyota driver Hirakawa was left heartbroken on Sunday when his TOM’S GR Supra ran out of fuel within sight of the chequered flag, allowing the chasing Team Kunimitsu Honda of Naoki Yamamoto to sweep by and take the title for himself and Tadasuke Makino instead.Read Also:Five moments where Toyota lost the Super GT titleThe intra-Toyota clashes that left Hirakawa exposed at …Keep reading …

Habsburg “very interested” in racing in Japan in 2021

Habsburg shined in his second season in the DTM this year with Audi’s customer team WRT, scoring a podium and a pole position in the latter part of the season to earn a top-10 position in the drivers’ standings.With the DTM switching to GT3 cars in 2021, Habsburg is keeping his options open for next year, but is seriously evaluating the possibility of racing in Japan’s increasingly …Keep reading …

How Toyota’s LMP1 reject became a formidable force

With the benefit of hindsight, the decision by Toyota to put Yuji Kunimoto in the third TS050 Hybrid for the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2017 at the expense of Hirakawa seems like a puzzling one indeed – and not just because Kunimoto’s performance turned out to be lacklustre.If you look at both drivers’ respective records since then, Kunimoto has struggled to get anywhere near the heights he …Keep reading …

Cassidy replaces Bird at Virgin FE team for 2020/21

Cassidy, 25, will join Robin Frijns in the Audi customer team’s line-up when the seventh season of the all-electric championship commences next January as part of what is being described as a multi-year agreement.The New Zealander, who has primarily raced for Toyota in Japan since 2016, made his first outing in FE machinery earlier this year during the rookie test in Marrakesh and turned …Keep reading …

Super GT and Super Formula tests called off

SUPER GT successfully held its first test behind closed doors at Okayama this month, and two more days of running were scheduled at Fuji on March 28-29.However, with the Shizuoka prefecture government advising people to refrain from unnecessary travel, GTA made a last-minute call not to proceed with the test.The decision to cancel the test follows just days after Super Formula held its …Keep reading …