July 10, 2020

Yamashita lined up as Kovalainen Super GT replacement

SARD announced on Tuesday that reigning series champion Yamashita will share its GR Supra with team regular Yuichi Nakayama for the pre-season test at Fuji Speedway next weekend.Kovalainen, currently based in Finland, cannot take part in the test because he – along with all travellers from 111 different countries and territories – cannot enter Japan as a result of restrictions imposed in …Keep reading …

Kovalainen, Baguette set to miss Fuji Super GT test

SUPER GT revealed a heavily-revised 2020 calendar last week with the season-opener taking place at Fuji on July 19, while also confirming plans for a two-day pre-season test at the Toyota-owned facility on June 27-28.Read Also:Super GT scraps Thailand visit, Fuji gets fourth raceHowever, with the test now just two weeks away, any drivers residing outside of Japan would …Keep reading …

Audi: Financial hurdles doomed Japanese Class One tie-up

SUPER GT and the DTM now run to the same set of regulations as part of a unification that was officially announced in 2018, with a total of six manufacturers having built cars to Class One rules across both categories to date.While the two series were successfully able to host a joint ‘Dream Race’ at Fuji Speedway in November, efforts to persuade manufacturers to enter their cars in both …Keep reading …

Super GT scraps Thailand visit, Fuji gets fourth race

Series organiser GTA revealed a heavily-revised calendar last week with seven of the eight rounds taking place at one of just three tracks: Fuji, Suzuka and Motegi.However, tentative plans were made to round off the coronavirus-delayed campaign in Thailand in late December, should international travel become possible by then, with Fuji on standby to hold a fourth race should this prove …Keep reading …

Super GT’s foreign drivers facing a “tricky situation”

The ex-Renault and McLaren Formula 1 racer is one of a handful of non-Japanese SUPER GT drivers who are not currently permitted to enter the country because of the restrictions imposed in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.Currently, foreigners arriving from 111 different countries or regions, including all of Europe, or who have been in any of those areas in the last two weeks, are …Keep reading …

Super GT to hold most races at one of three tracks

Toyota-owned Fuji, as well as Suzuka and Motegi, which are both owned by Honda subsidiary Mobilityland, will now all hold multiple rounds this season, with Okayama, Sugo, Autopolis and Sepang dropping off the schedule altogether.Okayama had been planning to maintain its status as the opening round of the year when series organiser GTA revealed its previous draft calendar in early April at the …Keep reading …

Why the DTM won’t be rescued by Japanese manufacturers

There is no doubt that the DTM is in the middle of its biggest crisis since the series was reborn in 2000. The R-Motorsport Aston Martin outfit announced in January that it would leave the DTM with immediate effect, while Audi revealed in April that it will bring an end to its two decade-long programme in the series after 2020.This has left the DTM with only a single manufacturer in BMW, and …Keep reading …

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 …