May 30, 2020

Super GT’s alignment with DTM no waste, says Cassidy

SUPER GT’s 2020 cars are the first to be built entirely in accordance with the rulebook that the Japanese championship had agreed with the DTM, the culmination of years of negotiations between the two series.This paved the way for the first ‘Dream Race’ event to be held featuring five different manufacturers at Fuji Speedway last autumn.However, the future of the tie-up is now in doubt as …Keep reading …

Super GT considering closed-doors Fuji opener

In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, series organiser GTA released a revised calendar in early April kicking off with a trip to Okayama on July 11-12, and postponing the championship’s overseas races in Thailand and Malaysia until the winter.However, it’s unlikely that the Okayama race would be open to spectators, and there are growing doubts over whether the former Pacific …Keep reading …

TOM’S stalwart Sekiya departs team after 37 years

Sekiya, 70, first joined TOM’S back in 1983 and embarked on a decade-long stint driving Group C machinery for the team including seven Le Mans starts starting in 1985.His best finishes came in 1992, when he, Pierre-Henri Raphanel and Kenny Acheson finished second at the wheel of a Toyota TS010, while the following year he, Eddie Irvine and Toshio Suzuki finished fourth.After a year away …Keep reading …

BMW considered 2020 Super GT entry with DTM car

The DTM and SUPER GT agreed to a common set of regulations two years ago, with the two championships adopting the ruleset in 2019 and ‘20 respectively.One of the main aims behind the unification of the rules was to increase manufacturer participation, boosting the possibility of DTM marques competing in SUPER GT and vice versa.BMW had previously stated that it had the “option” of …Keep reading …

Super GT, DTM unlikely to hold 2020 Dream Race

The inaugural standalone event for DTM cars and SUPER GT’s GT500 machines, both of which are built to Class One regulations, took place last November at Fuji Speedway, three weeks after the conclusion of the SUPER GT season.Seven DTM cars, four from Audi and three from BMW, made the trip for the Fuji event, which followed on from three SUPER GT cars (one from each manufacturer) appearing as …Keep reading …

Kovalainen approves of wide-ranging SARD changes

After winning the SUPER GT title with Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate in 2016, SARD suffered a drop-off in form as the Lexus LC500 gave way to the RC F, with last year’s fifth-place finish representing its best championship placing during the last three seasons.Those results prompted ex-Renault, McLaren and Lotus Formula 1 driver Kovalainen to express his disillusionment and call for changes to be …Keep reading …

Super GT to hold Thailand, Malaysia races in winter

The worsening COVID-19 situation had already forced SUPER GT to postpone its Okayama opener, planned for April, as well as the following two races at Fuji and Suzuka.That meant the season was due to commence in July with a trip to Buriram in Thailand, followed by a first-ever night race at former Malaysian Formula 1 venue Sepang.However, with international travel likely to prove …Keep reading …

Oshima targeting debut victory for new Supra

The #14 Cerumo Supra shared by reigning series champion Oshima and new teammate Sho Tsuboi topped the timesheets on the second day of the test, the pair ending up with the second-fastest time of the test overall behind the Real Racing Honda squad.Tsuboi set the car’s quickest time of 1m18.123s at the wheel of the WAKO’S-liveried car, leading a Cerumo 1-2 and an all-Toyota top three.Oshima …Keep reading …

Super GT indefinitely postpones Fuji, Suzuka races

SUPER GT was one of a select few championships around the world to feature some kind of on-track action in March, with a two-day test held at the Okayama Circuit two weeks ago.However, with the Japanese government tightening restrictions amid a spike of COVID-19 cases in the country, it was forced to cancel its second test at Fuji on March 28-29 at the last-minute.GTA has now announced …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 …