May 14, 2021

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 …

Kunimitsu is “behind” other Honda teams – Yamamoto

Former champion Yamamoto has shared the Kunimitsu NSX-GT with Jenson Button for the past two seasons, but has been paired with Tadasuke Makino for 2020 – which marks the first season for Honda’s revised front-engined car.In the first test of the pre-season at Okayama, Yamamoto set the fourth-fastest time on the first day, just under four tenths slower than pacesetter Bertrand Baguette, and …Keep reading …

Dillmann targets return to Japan after Super GT cameo

Dillmann drove for the JLOC squad at the first pre-season test of 2020, sharing the team’s #87 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with Yuya Motojima and Tsubasa Takahashi.It was his first run in Japan since 2018, when he contested the Super Formula championship with Team LeMans, finishing 14th in the drivers’ standings with a best result of fourth place.Having been left without a drive since …Keep reading …

Audi driver Mies enjoying “proper” tyres in Japan

Two-time Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Mies was signed by the Hitotsuyama squad to share its Yokohama-shod Audi R8 LMS Evo with Shintaro Kawabata.The German driver set the pace in the GT300 class on the first day at Okayama, a track he had never previously driven at, with a time of 1m25.649s – which proved to be the second-quickest time of the test, beaten only by the Cars Dream Tokai28 Lotus …Keep reading …

Nissan GT-R has improved in “every area” – Mardenborough

Nissan has mostly trailed both Honda and Lexus in the last two years in GT500, scoring just two victories during that period compared to nine for Lexus and five for Honda.The Yokohama marque hasn’t won a GT500 championship since Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda’s triumph in 2015, its longest dry spell in the history of the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship/SUPER GT.However …Keep reading …

New Supra is a step behind Honda, feels Cassidy

Honda ended up with the fastest time across last weekend’s behind-closed-doors test, with Real Racing driver Bertrand Baguette setting the quickest time over the two days.Sho Tsuboi topped the second day of running but fell short of Baguette’s Saturday benchmark by 0.273s at the wheel of the #14 Toyota, heading a Cerumo 1-2 on Sunday, while the quickest Nissan was less than three tenths off …Keep reading …

Super GT postpones Okayama opener after all

Sometime Pacific Formula 1 Grand Prix host Okayama was due to hold the 2020 curtain-raiser on April 11-12, with series organiser GTA having expressed confidence that the race would be able to go ahead on schedule in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.However, following discussions at last weekend’s Okayama pre-season test – which was closed to spectators in a bid to limit the spread of the …Keep reading …

Nissan appoints Infiniti chief as motorsport director

Volpe is currently the motorsport and performance projects director at sister brand Infiniti, and he will retain these roles in addition to leading the Nissan racing division.Carcamo has held his role since 2015, including as the marque made its FE debut in 2018 after it bought a stake in e.dams, which had run Renault to the first three teams’ titles.He is moving to Japan as part of a …Keep reading …