July 26, 2021

BMW M4 GT3 set to race in SUPER GT next year

Studie team manager Takashi Kumagai says the squad plans to campaign the new car, which will be made globally available to customers in 2022, in place of its current M6 GT3.“That is the plan,” Kumagai told Motorsport.com. “We have already discussed with BMW and told them we are buying it and racing it here next year.”Read Also:BMW postpones M4 GT3’s race debut after …Keep reading …

How Honda prevented another ‘Supra festival’ at Motegi

Sunday’s Motegi race didn’t mark the first win of the year for the Honda NSX-GT, but it arguably was the first time the Sakura-based marque was able to beat Toyota fair and square in 2021.Following Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi’s Full Course Yellow-assisted win in May’s Fuji 500km for Real Racing, Honda’s head of GT500 car development Tomohiro Onishi expressed his …Keep reading …

Kovalainen fears pre-season testing form was an “illusion”

Prior to the season, ex-Formula 1 racer Kovalainen was buoyed by a winter he described as the best he and SARD had had since their 2016 title success, praising the progress the team had made under the leadership of new-for-2020 team director Juichi Wakisaka.But the first three rounds of the season haven’t gone according to plan for Kovalainen and his teammate in the #39 Toyota GR Supra, Yuichi …Keep reading …

Nissan can’t afford to qualify so badly, says Quintarelli

Quintarelli and his teammate aboard Nissan’s flagship #23 NISMO GT-R, Tsugio Matsuda, arrived at Motegi with high hopes, with two non-finishes in the opening races of the season meaning they carried no success weight.However, Matsuda was unable to clear Q1, leaving Quintarelli to take the start of the race in 10th, and amid the scorching heat the duo could only recover a single position to …Keep reading …

De Oliveira shocked by Kogure’s “violent” move at Motegi

De Oliveira and his teammate aboard the #56 Kondo Racing Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, Kiyoto Fujinami, shrugged off their 72kg success handicap to qualify third, and ran in that position throughout the opening stint with Fujinami at the wheel.Fujinami pitted to hand over to de Oliveira at the end of lap 26 of 63, with the Brazilian veteran emerging from the pits just ahead of Kogure’s #88 …Keep reading …

SUPER GT 2022 schedule won’t feature overseas races

Masaaki Bandoh, chairman of the GT Association (GTA) that organises SUPER GT, made the revelation on Sunday ahead of the third round of the 2021 season at Motegi.The onset of the coronavirus pandemic forced the GTA to call off its planned visits to both Malaysia’s Sepang Circuit and Buriram in Thailand last year, and neither fixture made it on the final version of the 2021 calendar amid …Keep reading …

Miyata “happy to be frustrated” with Motegi SUPER GT defeat

Miyata and his teammate in the #19 Bandoh Toyota GR Supra, Yuji Kunimoto, enjoyed the team’s most competitive showing in some time, qualifying second and battling the Kunimitsu Honda of Yamamoto and Tadasuke Makino throughout the race in the searing heat.Kunimoto made an early pass on Makino to lead for most of his stint, but the pendulum swung back towards the Honda in the pitstop phase, as …Keep reading …

Motegi SUPER GT: Yamamoto holds off Miyata to win for Honda

Makino made a clean start from pole position to hold an early lead in the #1 Stanley-sponsored NSX-GT and proceeded to build a small buffer over the chasing Bandoh GR Supra then driven by 2016 Super Formula champion Yuji Kunimoto.But as the leaders caught up with the GT300 field, Kunimoto appeared to do a much better job in navigating through traffic, rapidly closing in on Makino’s …Keep reading …

Tune-in alert: Motorsport.tv hosts ‘Super Sportscar Sunday’

Both the third round of the SUPER GT season from Twin Ring Motegi and the WEC 6 Hours of Monza will be broadcast live on Motorsport.tv on July 18, meaning premium viewers can enjoy a bumper haul of racing action on what we are calling ‘Super Sportscar Sunday’.The day’s events are scheduled to begin at 1.10pm local time (5.10am UK time), when the 63-lap SUPER GT race commences with a huge …Keep reading …

Yamamoto back to “champion-like” form with Motegi pole

Yamamoto took over the #1 Honda NSX-GT from teammate Tadasuke Makino, who had been fastest in the first segment of qualifying, for the eight-car pole shootout.He proceeded to beat Racing Project Bandoh Toyota man Ritomo Miyata by just 0.051s to secure his and Makino’s first pole as a duo, as well as the team’s first since the 2018 season.Qualifying has been a struggle for the Kunimitsu …Keep reading …