August 5, 2020

Why there’s little new about Toyota’s ‘new’ Super GT team

Kazuya Oshima and Sho Tsuboi brought home the Wako’s-sponsored #14 Toyota GR Supra for third place behind the two TOM’S cars, helping the manufacturer complete a clean sweep of the top five in its first race for its new GT500 contender.Read Also:Cassidy explains “easiest” Super GT win, Supra dominationToyota engine “in another dimension”, says YamamotoOn the …Keep reading …

Super GT bans GT300 no-tyre change pitstops

During the season opener at the same track, the Saitama Toyopet Green Brave squad delivered the new Toyota GR Supra GT300 a win on its debut, saving time in the pits by not changing any tyres during its mandatory stop.However, new rules coming into force for the second Fuji round on August 9 state that all four tyres must be changed at the same time as the driver change is carried out.This …Keep reading …

Super GT returns to conventional schedule for Round 2

The Japanese series had experimented with holding qualifying and the race on the same day for the season opener, with the ostensible goal of allowing personnel to spend less time at the track and therefore lessening health risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.However, teams still largely arrived on Friday morning as they would have done anyway, and GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh admitted the costs …Keep reading …

Toyota engine “in another dimension”, says Yamamoto

Toyota locked out the top five positions in the delayed 2020 curtain-raiser earlier this month, as TOM’S pair Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa breezed to a comfortable win.Honda put up a strong fight in qualifying, with the #8 ARTA NSX-GT setting the pace in Q1 and bagging a spot on the front row in Q2. But in the race its challenge wilted, as the Team Kunimitsu car of Yamamoto and Tadasuke …Keep reading …

SARD calls up new driver to replace absent Kovalainen

Sakaguchi, who usually races in the GT300 class for the K-Tunes Racing Lexus outfit, will make his GT500 debut in SARD’s #39 GR Supra alongside team regular Yuichi Nakayama.He takes the place of reigning SUPER GT champion Kenta Yamashita, who was drafted in for last month’s pre-season test at Fuji and the opening round of the series, with ex-Formula 1 racer Kovalainen still unable to make the …Keep reading …

Yamashita “made up” for missing Kovalainen at Fuji

Yamashita was parachuted into the line-up of SARD’s #39 GR Supra alongside Yuichi Nakayama when it became clear that Japan’s entry restrictions for foreigners would prevent Kovalainen from being present for the first round of the delayed 2020 season.Having got his first taste of the Supra in the pre-season test at Fuji the previous month, Yamashita helped the team to a fifth-place finish, as …Keep reading …

Super GT committed to Class One despite DTM uncertainty

Both SUPER GT and the DTM run to the same set of regulations and have previously stated their ambition of expanding the scope of the tie-up to start a global championship.However, the future of Class One has been plunged into doubt in recent months amid the declining health of the DTM, which has been hit hard by the withdrawals of R-Motorsport Aston Martin and Audi.ITR chief Gerhard Berger …Keep reading …

Nissan’s Chiyo reflects on troubled debut for new GT-R

In the first race of the Japanese championship’s Class One era, Nissan could only manage a best result of seventh place for NDDP/B-Max Racing pair Chiyo and Kohei Hirate.It came after a troubled Fuji pre-season test for the Yokohama marque, which was plagued by reliability problems with the propeller shaft – the result of the updated NR20B engine suffering from vibration issues – and although …Keep reading …

Honda drivers “really shocked” by Supra race pace

Toyota locked out the top five positions on Sunday’s race with its all-new contender, with the brand-new GR Supra scoring a dominant victory in its first appearance courtesy of TOM’S duo Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa.Honda put up a strong challenge in qualifying, getting two of its new front-engined NSX-GTs in the top four on the grid, but in the race the marque’s top finisher was the #100 …Keep reading …

Five takeaways from the Fuji Super GT curtain-raiser

The new GR Supra will be very hard to beatOn Sunday, the all-new GR Supra became the fourth new Toyota GT500 model in a row to win on its SUPER GT debut, following the Lexus SC430 (2006), the RC F (2014) and the LC500 (2017). And it did so in dominant style, locking out the top five positions and leaving rival marques Honda and Nissan, also with new cars for the 2020 rules, to lick their …Keep reading …