July 9, 2020

Unorthodox schedule for Fuji Super GT opener

While SUPER GT has long since used a two-day format for its events, practice traditionally occurs on Saturday morning before qualifying takes place later that day.However, in order to further condense the action in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, track action will now only begin at 4pm local time with a single one hour, 50 minute practice session, including 10 minutes of …Keep reading …

Baguette to contest Fuji Super GT opener after all

Baguette had been expected to miss the first race of the 2020 season owing to Japan’s strict restrictions on foreign travellers entering the country in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, having been forced to skip last month’s Fuji pre-season test.His place for the test in the #17 Honda NSX-GT alongside Koudai Tsukakoshi was taken by SUPER GT novice Yu Kanamaru.However, an entry …Keep reading …

Kovalainen concedes defeat on Fuji Super GT opener

Kovalainen was due to be present for the curtain-raiser at Fuji Speedway on July 18-19 to drive for the SARD Toyota team alongside regular co-driver Yuichi Nakayama.However, the Finn was one of several drivers forced to skip the pre-season test at the same track last weekend because of the rules that prevent travellers from 129 countries from being able to enter Japan, put in place because of …Keep reading …

Kunimitsu Honda saved from “terrible” start to season

Japan’s premier sportscar racing series was able to complete its opening pre-season test at Okayama back in March before the spread of COVID-19 caused the second test and the opening races of the season to be put on hold.The opening race will finally take place on July 18-19 at Fuji Speedway following last weekend’s two-day test at the same track, which was topped by Kunimitsu’s #100 …Keep reading …

TOM’S drivers concerned by Honda’s “scary” test pace

Honda’s new front-engined NSX-GT topped both days of running at last weekend’s test, with Tadasuke Makino setting the pace on Saturday in the #100 Team Kunimitsu car and Tomoki Nojiri putting the #8 ARTA car on top on Sunday.Ex-Formula 2 racer Makino ended up with the quickest time of the test, a 1m27.870s, enough to beat TOM’S Toyota newcomer Sacha Fenestraz by 0.034s.All three …Keep reading …

Honda experiments with new front aero in Fuji test

Four of Honda’s five NSX-GTs used a new specification of front fender and flick box on Saturday afternoon, with the Mugen, Nakajima Racing and Real Racing cars all running with plain carbon parts (pictured above) and the Team Kunimitsu car running in full livery.Kunimitsu driver Tadasuke Makino set the quickest laptime of both that day’s running and the entire test, a 1m27.870s, while the #100 …Keep reading …

Honda completes Fuji Super GT test clean sweep

The two-hour afternoon session started in damp conditions owing to heavy rain during the morning, but the track had all but dried out by the halfway point.Saturday’s pacesetter Tadasuke Makino held the top spot for much of the latter part of the session after wresting the advantage away from Cerumo Toyota driver Sho Tsuboi with a time of 1m28.282s early in the second hour.But the …Keep reading …

Makino fastest for Honda at Fuji, Nissan in trouble

On the first day of track action since the opening test at Okayama in March, before the global coronavirus pandemic placed the season on hold, ex-Formula 2 driver Makino posted a 1m27.870s at the wheel of Team Kunimitsu’s #100 Honda NSX-GT.All the leading times were set in the final 10 minutes of the two-and-a-half-hour afternoon session, when the faster GT500 cars had the track to …Keep reading …

Mugen unveils Red Bull livery for new Super GT season

Mugen has enjoyed a strong relationship with the energy drinks giant since 2017, when the Honda-affiliated outfit fielded now-Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly in Super Formula.Since then Mugen has provided a launchpad for several Red Bull junior drivers, with Nirei Fukuzumi, Dan Ticktum, Pato O’Ward and most recently Juri Vips all racing for the team in Japan’s premier single-seater …Keep reading …

Baguette’s Super GT replacement at Honda revealed

A new entry list for the two-day test issued on Monday lists Kanamaru as a third driver in Real’s #17 Honda NSX-GT, with Baguette certain to miss the test owing to the current restrictions on foreigners entering Japan imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.Baguette was present for the opening pre-season test in Okayama in March, setting the fastest time on the opening day, before …Keep reading …