“Big changes” pay dividends for Rookie Racing

"Big changes" pay dividends for Rookie Racing

[ad_1] Following two low-key tests at Okayama and Suzuka, the #14 Toyota shared by Oshima and Kenta Yamashita enjoyed a much more competitive showing at Fuji, ending up second-fastest over the course of the two days. Yamashita’s best lap in the Eneos-liveried car was only 0.189s off the pace set by TOM’S Toyota driver Sho … Read more

Sacha Fenestraz, Tadasuke Makino to miss opener

Sacha Fenestraz, Tadasuke Makino to miss opener

[ad_1] A 44-car entry list for the season opener published on Monday has, as expected, neither Fenestraz nor Makino listed in their respective cars, the #37 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra and the #1 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT. It means the two teams that fought for the 2020 title until the last lap of last year’s … Read more

Toyota dominates first day of Fuji pre-season test

Toyota dominates first day of Fuji pre-season test

[ad_1] Tsuboi, who shares the #36 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra with Yuhi Sekiguchi, set the fastest time of the day, a 1m27.760s, at the very end of the day during the 10 minutes of running reserved for the GT500 class. The driver taking Tsuboi’s place in the Rookie Racing Supra this year, Kenta Yamashita, completed … Read more

Nissan still battling Michelin cold-track weakness

Nissan still battling Michelin cold-track weakness

[ad_1] NISMO pair Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda kept Nissan’s title hopes alive until the final round last year thanks to a pair of victories at Suzuka, but a disappointing showing in the Fuji Speedway finale put paid to their hopes. Quintarelli, who is still chasing a fifth GT500 title, explained after that race that the … Read more

Super GT: Testing shows Dunlop now “in the game”

Super GT: Testing shows Dunlop now "in the game"

[ad_1] Dunlop, which from 2011 until last year supplied only the Nakajima Racing team in the GT500 class, has doubled its representation in SUPER GT’s top division following the Mugen Honda squad’s switch from previous tyre supplier Yokohama. The Mugen car was quickest during the Okayama test at the start of this month in the … Read more

Super GT private testing continues at Suzuka

Super GT private testing continues at Suzuka

[ad_1] Of the 15 full-season entries in the top class, 13 are in action for the two-day test spanning Monday and Tuesday. Only Nissan teams NISMO and NDDP/B-Max Racing are absent, but Nissan is fielding an additional test car on Michelin tyres alongside the Team Impul and Kondo Racing GT-Rs. With six Toyota GR Supras and … Read more

Nissan “has a chance” in Okayama season opener

Nissan "has a chance" in Okayama season opener

[ad_1] Ex-Formula 2 racer Matsushita joins the Team Impul Nissan squad for his first full season on SUPER GT action, partnering Kazuki Hiramine aboard the #12 GT-R. Nissan endured a difficult season last year in the first year of the series using full Class One regulations, struggling for competitiveness outside of the two Suzuka races. … Read more

Heikki Kovalainen fastest as Okayama test ends

Heikki Kovalainen fastest as Okayama test ends

[ad_1] Ex-Formula 1 driver Kovalainen, who is going into his seventh season in SUPER GT, set his best time of 1m18.181s at the wheel of SARD’s Toyota GR Supra a little under halfway through the morning session. That left him 0.096s clear of Naoki Yamamoto in the Team Kunimitsu Honda, but slightly shy of the … Read more

Mugen reveals special black Red Bull test livery

Mugen reveals special black Red Bull test livery

[ad_1] Motorsport.com reported last month that Mugen would end a four-year partnership with previous supplier Yokohama in favour of becoming Dunlop’s second GT500 team. Now the team has confirmed the move on the eve of the first official pre-season test at Okayama, while also revealing the colours it will use for that test and the … Read more