January 26, 2021

Toyota reveals 2021 Super GT drivers, GT500 grid complete

The Japanese auto giant is once again entering six Toyota GR Supras in the top class of the series following its near title miss in 2020.As previously reported by Motorsport.com, the major changes are Sacha Fenestraz partnering Ryo Hirakawa in the #37 TOM’S car and Kenta Yamashita returning full-time to partner Kazuya Oshima at Rookie Racing, recreating the 2019 title-winning …Keep reading …

LM Corsa ditches Lexus for GT300 Toyota Supra

It becomes the second team to commit to the car, which was introduced last year and campaigned by the Saitama Toyopet Green Brave squad, scoring two class wins.LM Corsa has announced an unchanged driver line-up of veteran Hiroki Yoshimoto and Super Formula Lights regular Shunsuke Kohno, but will change from Michelin to Dunlop tyres.Yoshimoto and Kohno endured a dismal season last year as …Keep reading …

Fenestraz set for Cassidy’s TOM’S Super GT seat

Fenestraz makes the switch from the #36 TOM’S GR Supra, in which he contested his first season in the GT500 ranks last year alongside Yuhi Sekiguchi, to the sister #37 car.He will be partnered with Ryo Hirakawa, who was in need of a new teammate following Cassidy’s move to Formula E with Envision Virgin Racing.Fenestraz’s switch mirrors Cassidy’s move from the #36 car to the #37 in …Keep reading …

Opinion: Nissan dropping Mardenborough makes no sense

And so, the news is now official: Mardenborough has been axed from Nissan’s GT500 roster for the 2021 season, potentially signalling the end of the British driver’s long-standing association with the Yokohama marque and his tenure in SUPER GT.While not without its highlights, the story of Mardenborough’s time in SUPER GT’s top class is largely one of frustration and unfulfilled promise …Keep reading …

Kunimitsu Honda reveals new Super GT sponsor for 2021

Raybrig’s parent company Stanley has replaced the former as the naming rights sponsor for what is now the #1 Honda NSX-GT, following Team Kunimitsu’s title win last year.Kunimitsu Takahashi’s eponymous team has also revealed a new chrome-and-black livery, accentuated by orange highlights, but it’s unclear if this will be the final design. The team has traditionally run special pre-season test …Keep reading …

Nissan signs Matsushita, axes Mardenborough for 2021

As previously reported by Motorsport.com, Matsushita has been signed to join Team Impul alongside Kazuki Hiramine in what will be his first SUPER GT campaign.The ex-Formula 2 racer takes over the seat from Daiki Sasaki, who moves across to Kondo Racing to replace Mardenborough as teammate to Mitsunori Takaboshi.It’s a move that could signal the end of Mardenborough’s relationship with …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 …

Toyota protege Yamashita won’t race in WEC in 2021

Yamashita was handed a development driver role by Toyota for the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season off the back of his results in Super Formula and SUPER GT, which he won in 2019 alongside Kazuya Oshima.He combined those duties with a drive in the WEC’s LMP2 class with High Class Racing, giving him his first experience of European sportscar racing, and earned plaudits from …Keep reading …

Real Racing gets new look as sponsor Keihin exits

Astemo, a joint venture between Japanese electronics and industrial equipment giant Hitachi and Honda, replaces Keihin as the main backer for the #17 NSX-GT.Keihin, which is part-owned by Honda, had been Real Racing’s main sponsor since 2009, bringing with it a distinctive electric blue livery that until now had gone mostly unchanged.But in 2019, Honda reached an agreement with Hitachi to …Keep reading …

Inging joins forces with Lotus Super GT team for 2021

The new alliance’s solo entry, which will carry the gold-and-black livery used by Inging in 2020 but the Lotus’s traditional #2, will be driven by Hiroki Katoh and Ryohei Sakaguchi. Inging, best known for its Super Formula team run in conjunction with Toyota GT500 squad Cerumo, entered a Toyota 86 MC in the GT300 division last year for Sakaguchi and Kazuto Kotaka, scoring two pole …Keep reading …