July 29, 2021

SUPER GT drivers say longer races would reduce strategy options

Ahead of May’s Fuji 500km, GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh revealed that the current standard race distance of 300km will be increased to 350 or 360km, ostensibly in a bid to encourage better fuel mileage.Bandoh underlined those intentions again at the most recent round at Motegi, while revealing that next year’s SUPER GT schedule will be exclusively fought on Japanese soil for a third season in a …Keep reading …

Baguette wants to exploit Honda SUPER GT fuel advantage

Baguette and his teammate in the Real Racing Honda, Koudai Tsukakoshi, came away empty-handed from Motegi after a gear selection problem forced them to drop out of ninth place late on.The pair had made their way up the order from 14th on the grid after struggling in qualifying with a 52kg success handicap following their victory in the preceding race, May’s Fuji 500km.But after he and …Keep reading …

BMW M4 GT3 set to race in SUPER GT next year

Studie team manager Takashi Kumagai says the squad plans to campaign the new car, which will be made globally available to customers in 2022, in place of its current M6 GT3.“That is the plan,” Kumagai told Motorsport.com. “We have already discussed with BMW and told them we are buying it and racing it here next year.”Read Also:BMW postpones M4 GT3’s race debut after …Keep reading …

How Honda prevented another ‘Supra festival’ at Motegi

Sunday’s Motegi race didn’t mark the first win of the year for the Honda NSX-GT, but it arguably was the first time the Sakura-based marque was able to beat Toyota fair and square in 2021.Following Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi’s Full Course Yellow-assisted win in May’s Fuji 500km for Real Racing, Honda’s head of GT500 car development Tomohiro Onishi expressed his …Keep reading …

Kovalainen fears pre-season testing form was an “illusion”

Prior to the season, ex-Formula 1 racer Kovalainen was buoyed by a winter he described as the best he and SARD had had since their 2016 title success, praising the progress the team had made under the leadership of new-for-2020 team director Juichi Wakisaka.But the first three rounds of the season haven’t gone according to plan for Kovalainen and his teammate in the #39 Toyota GR Supra, Yuichi …Keep reading …

Nissan can’t afford to qualify so badly, says Quintarelli

Quintarelli and his teammate aboard Nissan’s flagship #23 NISMO GT-R, Tsugio Matsuda, arrived at Motegi with high hopes, with two non-finishes in the opening races of the season meaning they carried no success weight.However, Matsuda was unable to clear Q1, leaving Quintarelli to take the start of the race in 10th, and amid the scorching heat the duo could only recover a single position to …Keep reading …

De Oliveira shocked by Kogure’s “violent” move at Motegi

De Oliveira and his teammate aboard the #56 Kondo Racing Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, Kiyoto Fujinami, shrugged off their 72kg success handicap to qualify third, and ran in that position throughout the opening stint with Fujinami at the wheel.Fujinami pitted to hand over to de Oliveira at the end of lap 26 of 63, with the Brazilian veteran emerging from the pits just ahead of Kogure’s #88 …Keep reading …

SUPER GT 2022 schedule won’t feature overseas races

Masaaki Bandoh, chairman of the GT Association (GTA) that organises SUPER GT, made the revelation on Sunday ahead of the third round of the 2021 season at Motegi.The onset of the coronavirus pandemic forced the GTA to call off its planned visits to both Malaysia’s Sepang Circuit and Buriram in Thailand last year, and neither fixture made it on the final version of the 2021 calendar amid …Keep reading …

Miyata “happy to be frustrated” with Motegi SUPER GT defeat

Miyata and his teammate in the #19 Bandoh Toyota GR Supra, Yuji Kunimoto, enjoyed the team’s most competitive showing in some time, qualifying second and battling the Kunimitsu Honda of Yamamoto and Tadasuke Makino throughout the race in the searing heat.Kunimoto made an early pass on Makino to lead for most of his stint, but the pendulum swung back towards the Honda in the pitstop phase, as …Keep reading …

Motegi SUPER GT: Yamamoto holds off Miyata to win for Honda

Makino made a clean start from pole position to hold an early lead in the #1 Stanley-sponsored NSX-GT and proceeded to build a small buffer over the chasing Bandoh GR Supra then driven by 2016 Super Formula champion Yuji Kunimoto.But as the leaders caught up with the GT300 field, Kunimoto appeared to do a much better job in navigating through traffic, rapidly closing in on Makino’s …Keep reading …