September 29, 2020

BMW won’t enter Super GT just to keep DTM cars running

The DTM and SUPER GT effectively run on the same set of regulations as part of a tie-up that saw the two series run a pair of exhibition races at Fuji Speedway in November last year.One of the overall goals of the partnership between DTM and SUPER GT was to allow German and Japanese manufacturers to compete in each others’ series, and Motorsport.com revealed earlier this year that BMW had …Keep reading …

Honda: Real Racing has found new NSX-GT’s “sweet spot”

Real Racing duo Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi vaulted into the lead of the standings with their second win in three races last weekend at Motegi, despite their #17 Honda NSX-GT carrying 46kg of success ballast.The pair sit two points clear of TOM’S Toyota duo Sacha Fenestraz and Yuhi Sekiguchi at the halfway point of the season, while the next-highest Honda squad is the #100 Team …Keep reading …

Why Nissan’s new Z car could be its next GT500 challenger

Nissan’s Z Proto is the successor to the 370Z, launched back in 2008, and pays homage to the manufacturer’s line of ‘Z’ machinery dating back to the 240Z of the 1970s. It boasts a three litre twin-turbo V6 engine, although power output has yet to be revealed.While it’s worth noting that the Z Proto is not the final production model, it has been tipped to go on sale as early as next …Keep reading …

Motegi podium provides Mugen Honda “morale boost”

Ex-IndyCar racer Mutoh and his rookie teammate Ukyo Sasahara scored a comfortable third place on Sunday in their Red Bull-sponsored #16 NSX-GT, which is alone in the Honda GT500 contingent in using Yokohama tyres.As well as marking by far the best result of the season for a Yokohama-shod car, it is also the first time Mugen has scored a top-three result since returning to SUPER GT’s top class …Keep reading …

Nissan’s Hiramine can’t understand Impul’s Motegi collapse

From a lowly 12th on the grid, GT500 rookie Hiramine drove a charging first stint in the #12 Nissan GT-R, gaining eight places inside the first 20 laps to sit in fourth position by the time he handed over the car to teammate Daiki Sasaki on lap 27 of 63.But despite a strong start to his stint, Sasaki slipped behind the #14 Cerumo Toyota of Sho Tsuboi on lap 38, and then proceeded to fall all …Keep reading …

Breaking down the clash of the TOM’S teammates at Motegi

The clash occurred at Turn 5 on lap 44 of the 63-lap race while Yuhi Sekiguchi in the #36 Toyota GR Supra and Nick Cassidy in the sister #37 car were fighting over sixth place.Clearly faster at that stage of the race – helped by only running a stage one fuel restrictor as part of the #37 car’s success handicap, while Sekiguchi struggled with the harsher stage two restrictor – Cassidy …Keep reading …

De Oliveira “sad” rival Nissan team appealed for penalty

De Oliveira and teammate Kiyoto Fujinami had recovered from qualifying down in 28th place in mixed conditions with a strong drive to sixth in the GT300 class, employing an unorthodox two-stop strategy in their #56 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.After stopping during the first safety car period without changing drivers, Fujinami was able to take advantage of clear air and gain ground before handing over …Keep reading …

Motegi Super GT: Real Honda pair dominate fraught race

From second on the grid, Baguette laid the foundations for victory by passing the polesitting Cerumo Toyota of Yuji Tachikawa on lap eight of 63.From there, he and Tsukakoshi survived two safety car restarts in the #17 Honda NSX-GT, overcoming their 46kg success handicap to take victory over the Cerumo car shared by Tachikawa and Ishiura by a comfortable 7.796 seconds.It means Baguette and …Keep reading …

Super GT to allow limited number of spectators at Fuji

The boss of SUPER GT organiser, Masaaki Bandoh, made the announcement during his regular press conference ahead of Sunday’s Motegi race.Earlier this year the Japanese championship decided that the first four races of the heavily-revised 2020 schedule would take place with no fans present owing to the affects of the global coronavirus pandemic, with limits also placed on team personnel and …Keep reading …

Bandoh Toyota drivers insist pole was possible in dry

Sometime Toyota LMP1 driver Kunimoto had set the pace at the end of a damp-but-drying practice session in the Yokohama-shod #19 Toyota GR Supra, and GT500 rookie Miyata followed that up with the fastest time in the first segment of qualifying.However, as the rain returned at the start of Q2, all eight cars taking part in the pole shootout were forced to return to the pits to change from slicks …Keep reading …