March 3, 2021

Sugo escapes damage as earthquake hits northern Japan

Almost exactly 10 years on from the devastating Tohoku earthquake of March 2011, the Fukushima region some 300 kilometres north of Tokyo was hit by a magnitude 7.3 quake that reportedly left more than 100 injured and thousands of homes without power.A major expressway was also blocked by a resultant landslide, while the ‘Shinkansen’ bullet train service was also suspended in the …Keep reading …

Drago Corse seals Super GT grid spot with new backer

The presence of the team owned by 2000 GT500 champion Ryo Michigami on the GT300 grid was thrown into doubt last month when Honda’s announcement of its plans for the 2021 season made no mention of Drago and its solo NSX GT3.It followed the withdrawal of Modulo’s sponsorship, with the Honda subsidiary scaling back its support to just the Nakajima Racing GT500 entry for this year.However …Keep reading …

De Oliveira to defend Super GT GT300 title with Nissan

The Brazilian will continue his partnership with Kiyoto Fujinami at the wheel of Kondo’s Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 after the pair won the championship in their first season as teammates.It will be de OIiveira’s third season in the GT300 ranks after being dropped from Nissan’s GT500 roster at the end of the 2018 season.Read Also:De Oliveira worried career was nearing end before …Keep reading …

Super GT cancels Thailand, Malaysia races for 2021

For a second year in a row, the series will only race within Japan, with both Thailand’s Buriram Circuit and Sepang in Malaysia dropping off the schedule owing to continued travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Read Also:Super GT eyes Asian expansion as DTM tie-up floundersThese races have been replaced by an extra round at Motegi in the summer and an …Keep reading …

Super GT cancels Thailand, Malaysia races for 2021

For a second year in a row, the series will only race within Japan, with both Thailand’s Buriram Circuit and Sepang in Malaysia dropping off the schedule owing to continued travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Read Also:Super GT eyes Asian expansion as DTM tie-up floundersThese races have been replaced by an extra round at Motegi in the summer and an …Keep reading …

Tsuchiya team no longer ‘flapping about’ with new Porsche

Tsuchiya Engineering endured a tough 2020 campaign running the Porsche 911 GT3 R in SUPER GT’s GT300 division under the ‘Hoppy Team Tsuchiya’ banner, after abandoning its previous Toyota 86-derived mother chassis car.Drivers Takamitsu Matsui and Kimiya Sato managed just three points finishes all season with a best result of sixth place in the penultimate round of the season at …Keep reading …

Tsuchiya team no longer ‘flapping about’ with new Porsche

Tsuchiya Engineering endured a tough 2020 campaign running the Porsche 911 GT3 R in SUPER GT’s GT300 division under the ‘Hoppy Team Tsuchiya’ banner, after abandoning its previous Toyota 86-derived mother chassis car.Drivers Takamitsu Matsui and Kimiya Sato managed just three points finishes all season with a best result of sixth place in the penultimate round of the season at …Keep reading …

The first time a front-engined Honda conquered Super GT

When Naoki Yamamoto swept past a faltering Ryo Hirakawa exiting the final corner of the final lap of the final race of the 2020 SUPER GT season to take the title for Team Kunimitsu, it marked the culmination of a huge effort by Honda to convert its mid-engined NSX-GT GT500 challenger into a ‘front-rear’ car to meet that year’s new Class One regulations.But Honda had faced a very similar …Keep reading …

Mugen Honda set for switch to Dunlop tyres

Since returning to SUPER GT in its own right in 2017, Mugen has used Yokohama rubber, and scored its first top-three finish in that period last year at Motegi.However, that hasn’t stopped the team ending its relationship with Yokohama in favour of pursuing a tie-up with Dunlop, which last year supplied only Nakajima Racing.It comes at the same time as Mugen refreshing its driver line-up …Keep reading …

Motoyama, Team LeMans return to Super GT in 2021

Motoyama, 49, will share an Audi R8 LMS GT3 run under the ‘Team LeMans with Motoyama Racing’ banner with rookie Yoshiaki Katayama, carrying the #6 made famous by the long-time Toyota GT500 team.It will mark the three-time SUPER GT champion’s first full campaign in the series since 2018, which was his final season in the GT500 ranks for Nissan.Since then, he has acted as executive …Keep reading …