July 10, 2020

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 …

Gallery: Super GT returns to action in Okayama test

The two-day test was the first chance to see the full 45-car 2020 SUPER GT field on track together, with many of the GT500 contenders running in full livery for the first time.Honda led the way on the first day of running on Saturday, with Bertrand Baguette setting the pace in the Real Racing NSX-GT, while Toyota dominated Sunday’s action as Sho Tsuboi put Cerumo’s new GR Supra top of the …Keep reading …

Toyota Supras sweep final day of Okayama Super GT test

Sho Tsuboi set the pace in the closing moments of the morning session that was disrupted by no fewer than five red flags at the wheel of Cerumo’s #14 car, setting a best time of 1m18.123s and leading a Toyota 1-2 ahead of TOM’S driver Yuhi Sekiguchi.That turned out to be the day’s quickest time, as Hiroaki Ishiura’s best effort in the afternoon session of 1m18.193s in the sister #38 machine …Keep reading …

Honda has made “big step forward” with new NSX

Baguette was the only driver to dip below the 1m18s barrier during Saturday’s running, his best time coming at the end of a day disrupted by rain showers and red flags.It came as Honda locked out three of the top four positions in the GT500 standings, Nirei Fukuzumi setting the second-quickest time at the wheel of ARTA’s NSX-GT and Naoki Yamamoto putting the Team Kunimitsu example fourth …Keep reading …