The 2021 SUPER GT season begins this weekend with a primary journey to Okayama in two years, after the previous Pacific Grand Prix venue was axed from final 12 months’s coronavirus-affected schedule. And contemplating how a lot the automobiles have modified since then, particularly within the GT500 class, this weekend actually does signify a step into the unknown.

It’s laborious to think about this 12 months topping the 2020 marketing campaign for sheer drama, however the indicators are pointing in the direction of maybe an excellent nearer battle on the entrance of the sphere within the second 12 months of the Japanese championship’s full adoption of Class One rules. Regardless of a freeze on aero improvement since final season, Nissan seems to be to be in a a lot better place to problem Honda and Toyota, whereas on the tyre entrance Michelin and Dunlop seem able to current Bridgestone with its greatest problem in a number of seasons.

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Throw in a number of intriguing low season driver adjustments, a extra diverse calendar and an enormous GT300 area bursting with high quality and engaging plotlines of its personal, and 2021 has all of the makings of a traditional marketing campaign – and one which’s nearly unimaginable to name. With that in thoughts, listed below are the massive questions that we hope to begin getting solutions to at Okayama…

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Cars leave the pitlane

Automobiles depart the pitlane

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How will final 12 months’s prime two crews cope with out their absentee drivers?

The massive information forward of this weekend’s first race is that each of the automobiles that fought for final 12 months’s title till the ultimate nook of the ultimate lap within the Fuji Speedway season finale – the #1 Staff Kunimitsu Honda and the #37 TOM’S Toyota – are with out one in all their common drivers, with Tadasuke Makino and Sacha Fenestraz each on the sidelines for Okayama.

The brand new-look #1 Stanley Honda NSX-GT can be piloted this weekend by Naoki Yamamoto and Hideki Mutoh, as Makino continues his lengthy journey again to health after being hit by meningitis in December. Ex-IndyCar man Mutoh has loads of GT500 expertise, however Okayama can be his first race on Bridgestone tyres since 2016 – having spent 4 seasons with Staff Mugen on Yokohamas – and the proof from testing is that he’ll want extra time earlier than he’s absolutely up to the mark on the benchmark rubber over a single lap.

#1 STANLEY NSX-GT

#1 STANLEY NSX-GT

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Over at TOM’S, Ryo Hirakawa faces the prospect of battling to grow to be SUPER GT’s first solo champion since 2000 for a second 12 months in a row, with new common teammate Fenestraz unable to enter Japan attributable to visa points. The truth is, Hirakawa, partnered from 2017 till final 12 months by Nick Cassidy, has but to drive in a single session alongside Fenestraz, who has moved throughout from the #36 facet of the TOM’S storage after a promising rookie season.

Changing Fenestraz can be teenager Sena Sakaguchi, who has only one GT500 begin to his identify – which got here in final 12 months’s second Fuji race as he was referred to as as much as exchange the absent Heikki Kovalainen at SARD. Apparently, Hirakawa faces an virtually converse fear to Yamamoto: Sakaguchi’s qualifying tempo isn’t doubtful, however critical query marks stay over his capability to maintain up that velocity over a stint, given his inexperience.

Whereas monitoring the progress of Mutoh and Sakaguchi will add an additional dimension to this weekend’s opener, the #1 and #37 crews are prone to stay within the title hunt no matter occurs, as a lacklustre end result will end in a low success handicap for Spherical 2. Such is the way in which the sequence is structured {that a} victory within the first six races is just about ample to present your self a title shot heading into the ultimate two races, however a single level for both Yamamoto or Hirakawa at Okayama can be sufficient to finish the hopes of their respective absent companions.

Can the title-winning pair of 2019 recreate their previous magic?

When Kenta Yamashita was parachuted in to switch Cassidy within the #37 TOM’S Toyota for the ultimate two races final 12 months, it virtually instantly gave rise to hypothesis that ‘Yamaken’, as he’s nicknamed in Japan, can be heading again to SUPER GT full-time in 2021. And whereas TOM’S needed to maintain maintain of Yamashita, the temptation to place the driving squad that received the 2019 title for Staff LeMans again collectively was simply too nice to withstand for Toyota.

And so, Yamashita and his previous associate Kazuya Oshima are reunited this 12 months within the Rookie Racing Toyota GR Supra, which has been decked out within the orange and gold colors of recent title sponsor Eneos for the brand new marketing campaign. However apart from the color change, the group is now working solo after working below the umbrella of the skilled Cerumo squad in 2020, though many personnel – together with chief engineer Kazuya Abe – stay the identical.

#14 ENEOS X PRIME GR Supra

#14 ENEOS X PRIME GR Supra

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The timesheets from the Okayama check in early March weren’t particularly encouraging, as Rookie Racing ended up the slowest of the 5 Bridgestone-shod GR Supras, and a personal check at Suzuka didn’t go an entire lot higher. However subsequent day trip at Fuji, within the remaining pre-season check, the #14 automobile out of the blue discovered some tempo, as Yamashita set the second-quickest time of the check, solely shedding out to Sho Tsuboi (Oshima’s 2020 teammate) within the #36 TOM’S automobile.

Oshima claims that the group made progress with a set-up change at Fuji that, on the very least, ought to put Rookie Racing within the dialog for a win on the Toyota-owned monitor, the place Yamashita can be the lap record-holder. However whether or not that exact set-up will work on the rather more slim and technical Okayama structure is an open query; given how robust it’s to go on the monitor, Oshima and Yamashita can’t afford a repeat of their lacklustre check efficiency in qualifying if they’re aiming for a podium.

Rookie Racing, which additionally competes in Tremendous Taikyu with a roster of manufacturing unit Toyota aces and firm president Akio Toyoda himself (utilizing the nom de guerre ‘Morizo’), has benefitted from an inflow of funding, and Oshima himself is turning into an more and more influential participant behind the scenes. The group has each likelihood to grow to be the de facto Toyota GT500 flagship group – however successful the title as quickly as this 12 months is a tall order.

Can Kovalainen lastly problem for an elusive second title?

It’s been 5 years now since Heikki Kovalainen received the SUPER GT title alongside Kohei Hirate, which stays the one and solely title triumph for the SARD Toyota squad – one of many unique groups that participated within the very first season of JGTC. Since then, Kovalainen and the group have received a race yearly, however have lacked the consistency to mount a real title problem. However that very nicely might be about to vary in 2021.

A brand new group construction led by three-time GT500 champion Juichi Wakisaka appeared to lastly gel in the midst of final season, as Kovalainen and teammate Yuichi Nakayama delivered the GR Supra’s second (and, because it turned out, remaining) victory of the season at Fuji. Though Nakayama was solely ninth within the remaining standings, Kovalainen was stuffed with reward on the finish of the season on the manner the group was working after a number of inconsistent seasons.

#39 DENSO KOBELCO SARD GR Supra

#39 DENSO KOBELCO SARD GR Supra

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The excellent news for SARD is that the momentum seems to have carried over into 2021, and with Cerumo and Rookie Racing having break up into two separate entities, the group is not the plain minnow within the ranks of Bridgestone-equipped Toyota GT500 groups. On the Okayama check, Kovalainen ensured the group completed as the perfect of the GR Supras, whereas a few weeks later at Fuji, Nakayama’s time put SARD fifth general and third among the many Toyotas, forward of the #37 TOM’S machine and the marginally nameless #38 Cerumo automobile.

That bodes nicely for a title assault, however one downside that SARD confronted too typically final 12 months was poor tyre choice that may generally depart the Denso-liveried #39 machine stranded down the order. Kovalainen admits that on this regard his group nonetheless lags behind TOM’S, which all the time finds a manner to make sure that not less than one in all its automobiles is in competition, however is equally hopeful the laborious work completed in the course of the winter will assist the group keep away from this pitfall extra typically.

Kovalainen himself looks as if a brand new man because the remaining phases of final 12 months. On the finish of the 2018 and ‘19 campaigns, he was fed up with SARD’s inconsistent kind. No one would have blamed him for calling time on his Japanese journey then, however now 39-year-old is gearing up for a seventh season in GT500 – and a second the place he’ll be spending the majority of the 12 months in Japan – and is seemingly as hungry as ever for title quantity two.

Can ARTA and Actual Racing emerge from Staff Kunimitsu’s shadow?

Whereas it was Staff Kunimitsu that snatched Honda’s second GT500 title in three years in 2020, it simply as simply might have been both of the Sakura marque’s different Bridgestone squads, which have been each in competition proper up till the ultimate race of the season. Actual Racing led the championship on the midway level of the season after an particularly spectacular win at Motegi in September, and ARTA’s late-season momentum regarded because it might carry Aguri Suzuki’s group all the way in which to a primary championship since 2007.

Very similar to Staff Kunimitsu, Actual Racing goes into the brand new season with a brand new livery, with the blue of the now-defunct Keihin model changed by the crimson of Astemo. However there’s no change on the motive force entrance, as for a 3rd season in succession, Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi will associate one another in what’s maybe one of the crucial well-rounded line-ups on the grid. Certainly, with each Makino and Fenestraz absent, there’s an argument to say it’s maybe the strongest within the GT500 area primarily based on 2020 kind alone.

#17 Astemo NSX-GT

#17 Astemo NSX-GT

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You can make an analogous argument about ARTA duo Tomoki Nojiri and Nirei Fukuzumi, or not less than when it comes to uncooked potential. Each drivers made their fair proportion of errors final 12 months however went on a sensational run of kind late within the 12 months with three straight podiums, together with a win at Motegi, launching them again into the championship dialog. The group appears to have discovered a set-up that works for Nojiri, however whether or not that may translate to this 12 months’s three returning tracks – Okayama, Autopolis and Sugo – stays unknown.

In testing, it’s Actual Racing that has regarded prefer it has had the sting of three Bridgestone Honda groups, with Baguette reporting a serious enchancment to the set-up on the ultimate day of pre-season testing at Fuji. However there’s additionally an air of confidence inside the ARTA camp, which didn’t do a lot working on new tyres within the Fuji check. With Kunimitsu lacking one in all its star drivers there’s a chance for one in all Honda’s Bridgestone groups to stake an early declare to being the Sakura marque’s lead hope for a 3rd title in 4 years.

Will a swap of tyre make Mugen a real contender?

So far as this 12 months’s four-way GT500 tyre battle goes, the massive information is that for the primary time since 2010 Dunlop has two automobiles within the prime class. Becoming a member of Nakajima Racing in utilizing the Sumitomo model’s merchandise this 12 months is fellow Honda outfit Mugen, which is coming off the again of 4 largely completely different seasons with Yokohama. And thus far, it seems to be prefer it’s been a very good transfer, and one which guarantees so as to add a brand new variable to the GT500 battle.

Two pole positions and (a barely fortuitous) second-place end for Nakajima pair Takuya Izawa and Hiroki Otsu amounted to the perfect season a Dunlop squad has had in a few years. That supplied the impetus for Mugen to make the swap, with Ukyo Sasahara saying the distinction with the Yokohama tyre was virtually evening and day within the first official pre-season check at Okayama – the place new teammate Toshiki Oyu topped the timesheets.

#16 Red Bull MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

#16 Crimson Bull MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT

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Given Dunlop’s prowess over a single lap, the percentages are brief on Mugen getting a pole, probably multiple, this season. The query is whether or not sufficient progress could be remodeled a race distance for that to translate into an enchancment on final 12 months’s tally of 1 podium end for the Crimson Bull-liveried automobile. A second automobile to supply knowledge in that regard can solely assist, with Izawa and Otsu typically having to resort final 12 months to experimenting with new rubber in the course of the races to hurry up tyre improvement as the one Dunlop person.

Then there’s the Mugen driver line-up, which is the youngest match-up within the GT500 area following the arrival of Oyu alongside Sasahara. The pair graduated from Honda’s Suzuka Racing College in the identical 12 months (2016) and know one another nicely, creating a very good environment within the group. New group director Hirokatsu Tanaka, who replaces ex-F1 racer Shinji Nakano within the function, can be aiming to harness their youth and aggression.

The opposite facet to this storyline is how Yokohama will fare with simply two automobiles on its roster for the primary time since 2016. By the way, that season marked the final time a automobile with Yokohama tyres received a race within the prime class, so maybe the model could have a better time focussing on making an attempt to get its merchandise to work with simply two fashions, the #19 Racing Undertaking Bandoh Toyota and the #24 Kondo Racing Nissan, as an alternative of making an attempt to cater for all three.

#19 WedsSport ADVAN GR Supra, #24 Realize Corporation ADVAN GT-R

#19 WedsSport ADVAN GR Supra, #24 Understand Company ADVAN GT-R

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Can Nissan give the GT-R a successful send-off?

Whisper it, but it surely seems to be like this 12 months might very nicely be the ultimate 12 months of the GT-R in SUPER GT’s prime class. Nothing is official but, and Nissan itself is tight-lipped on the topic, however the rumours within the paddock that surfaced following final 12 months’s unveiling of the Z Proto street automobile merely refuse to go away. If these rumours are something to go by, a GT500 model of what is going to go on sale subsequent 12 months because the 400Z is already within the works, and will debut in 2022.

It signifies that the present GT-R, which has gone by numerous iterations however is actually primarily based on the identical road-going mannequin because the 2008 model, might be making a farewell tour of types this 12 months. And if that’s the case, Nissan can be hoping for historical past to repeat itself, because the previous Skyline GT-R R34 took the title in its final season of motion in 2003 earlier than being changed the next 12 months by a 350Z-based challenger (which received once more in 2004).

As soon as once more, Nissan’s title hopes are prone to relaxation with NISMO pair Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda, who go into their eighth season as teammates aboard the ‘pink automobile’. Two victories at Suzuka helped hold them within the title hunt till the tip of the season, however the first was ballast-assisted and the second owed every little thing to the timing of the security automobile. With a degree taking part in area, the GT-R was the third pressure towards Honda and Toyota.

#23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R

#23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R

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Though the aero freeze means the GT-R’s high-downforce idea stays in place, positive aspects have been made on the engine facet (notably on driveability following a tough transition to the new-for-2020 frequent Bosch ECU) and, maybe extra importantly, with the Michelin tyres. The early indications are that Michelin’s 2021 choices are a step ahead after a season during which the COVID-19 pandemic appeared to have an effect on its tyre provide.

Quintarelli, very a lot the lynchpin of the shut relationship Nissan and Michelin take pleasure in, appeared rather more assured of his prospects of a fifth GT500 title following the Fuji pre-season check, the place he set the quickest time on the second day. Whereas eager to minimize the possibilities of a Nissan win at Okayama, saying that the ‘particular Stability of Efficiency’ is prone to have an effect on the engine character, he’s concentrating on the second spherical at Fuji in Could and the next race at Suzuka to kick the GT-R title bid into gear.

What affect will rookie Matsushita have on Impul?

The timing of the security automobile within the second Suzuka race final 12 months denied standard Nissan outfit Impul a possible first win since 2016, however that second-place end was the spotlight of an in any other case largely forgettable season for Daiki Sasaki and Kazuki Hiramine. For the third time in 4 seasons, the occupants of the Calsonic-liveried GT-R didn’t crack the highest 10 within the standings, languishing far behind the opposite Bridgestone-shod automobiles.

Impul’s driver line-up hasn’t stayed constant because the 2015-16 low season, and this 12 months there’s been one other change as Sasaki has been changed by Nobuharu Matsushita. Anybody who has watched System 2 over the previous 5 years or so will want no introduction to Matsushita, whose hard-charging, never-say-die type isn’t solely certain to go down nicely with group boss Kazuyoshi Hoshino but in addition prone to match nicely to new teammate Hiramine.

Nobuharu Matsushita, #12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R

Nobuharu Matsushita, #12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R

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Matsushita did have two races within the GT300 ranks on the finish of final 12 months after his F2 marketing campaign got here to an sudden early finish, however he appears to have tailored to the rigours of GT500 very simply thus far, main the Nissan contingent within the first pre-season check at Okayama. And after years of feeling the stress of making an attempt to progress from F2 to a seat in System 1, he’s relishing the comparatively relaxed environment of the SUPER GT paddock. 

In the meantime, Sasaki can take into account himself lucky that he didn’t get axed from Nissan’s GT500 line-up after an error-strewn third season at Impul final 12 months. He’s been granted a second likelihood with Kondo Racing, the place he made his debut manner again in 2014, to associate Mitsunori Takaboshi, and each drivers want to make sure the group does not end backside of the GT500 championship desk once more. A brand new chief engineer within the type of long-time Cerumo Toyota man Takuji Murata might be what the group wants to flee the doldrums.

Is that this the 12 months that GT300’s homegrown machines get their very own again?

Of the final 10 titles within the GT300 class, eight have been received by FIA GT3 automobiles, which have dominated SUPER GT’s secondary class since their introduction just a little over a decade in the past. The arrival of ‘Mom Chassis’ automobiles constructed round a normal Dome tub in 2015 arrested the decline considerably, however even then the previous couple of seasons has seen a gentle decline within the variety of non-GT3 customers, with simply three MCs and 4 JAF GT300 automobiles left in 2020.

However now the development seems to be in reverse, and that’s thanks largely to the success of the Toyota GR Supra GT300 campaigned by the Saitama Toyopet Inexperienced Courageous squad final 12 months. Second within the standings for Hiroki Yoshida and Kohta Kawaai, with two victories, appears to have sparked a mini-resurgence for the JAF GT300 ruleset, now renamed merely (and confusingly) as ‘GT300’. With each Max Racing and LM Corsa buying and selling of their Lexus RC F GT3s for Supras, there are actually six GT300 automobiles on the grid, together with a pair of MCs.

GT300 race start practice

GT300 race begin apply

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In addition to the Supra, there are the pair of Toyota Prius PHV GR Sports activities operated by the apr group (one in all which boasts a hybrid system), and the brand-new second era Subaru BRZ, which replaces the previous automobile that had been in service since 2012. Regardless of the age of the unique BRZ, the group loved one in all its best seasons in years final 12 months, boosted by the progress made by Dunlop. That’s one thing that LM Corsa, switching from Michelin tyres, will even be hoping to learn from this 12 months.

In pre-season testing, the Supra contingent particularly has regarded sturdy. At Okayama, three of the 4 classes have been topped by a Supra (with solely the JLOC Lamborghini Huracan stopping a clear sweep), whereas at Fuji two of the 4 classes have been headed by Supra groups, together with one topped by the Max Racing’s plain carbon-liveried automobile that had barely rolled out of the workshop beforehand, having missed the Okayama check. Small marvel, then, that reigning champion Joao Paulo de Oliveira expressed concern at their velocity.

Nonetheless, the percentages on a GT3 automobile successful the title stay sturdy, on condition that 21 of the 29 automobiles on the GT300 grid this 12 months are GT3s. One mannequin to look out for is the 2020-spec Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, which was one of many worst-affected automobiles by final 12 months’s Fuji-centric schedule because it produces greater downforce than most. Each the Goodsmile Racing (Nobuteru Taniguchi/Tatsuya Kataoka) and LEON Racing (Naoya Gamou/Togo Suganami) outfits particularly know what it takes to win the title and can be eyeing revenge.

#4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku AMG

#4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku AMG

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Which children will stake a declare to a GT500 promotion?

Amid ongoing journey restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the variety of international drivers racing in SUPER GT is all the way down to virtually traditionally low ranges, with simply 4 non-Japanese drivers in GT500 (as soon as Fenestraz makes his return). Meaning it’s a very good time to be a younger, quick Japanese driver – and there’s no scarcity within the GT300 class this 12 months which have reasonable aspirations of stepping as much as the massive leagues sooner or later.

Fenestraz’s substitute within the #37 TOM’S automobile, Sena Sakaguchi, was linked to a full-time transfer to the GT500 ranks final 12 months and certainly must be on the entrance of the queue ought to any additional vacancies come up inside the Toyota secure. However his substitute at Ok’Tunes Racing, Hibiki Taira can be value keeping track of. Okinawa-born Taira demolished the sphere in Japanese F4 final 12 months, successful all however two races, and was second-fastest in Fuji testing.

Honda in the meantime is continuous the now-established custom of pairing veteran Shinichi Takagi with one in all its contracted younger weapons at ARTA. After Nirei Fukuzumi and Toshiki Oyu each made the step as much as GT500, hoping to make a equally massive impression within the #55 NSX GT3 this 12 months is Ren Sato, final 12 months’s French System 4 runner-up. Teppei Natori is likewise making his debut in SUPER GT for the UpGarage squad rather than veteran Kosuke Matsuura, partnering Takashi Kobayashi within the #18 NSX, and has one thing of some extent to show after shedding official Honda backing over the winter.

#55 ARTA NSX GT3

#55 ARTA NSX GT3

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Over at Nissan, Kiyoto Fujinami and Keishi Ishikawa each had the prospect to pattern the GT500 class GT-R in the course of the conventional driver shootout in December at Fuji. After his title win alongside Kondo Racing teammate Joao Paulo de Oliveira final 12 months, Fujinami is bound to be among the many front-runners once more in 2021, whereas for Gainer driver Ishikawa, a swap to the identical Dunlop tyres as utilized by the extra aggressive sister automobile of Hironobu Yasuda and Katsuyuki Hiranaka must be a serious increase to the ex-Honda junior’s hopes.

On the worldwide facet, there’s Giuliano Alesi, who companions 2018 GT300 runner-up Sean Walkinshaw within the Staff Thailand Lexus. Simply scoring factors can be an achievement for the one worldwide pairing on the grid, given the group’s current kind, however for Alesi it’s a precious likelihood to be taught the basics of SUPER GT and achieve additional expertise in a comparatively low-pressure setting alongside his Tremendous System Lights marketing campaign.

Giuliano Alesi, #35 arto RC F GT3

Giuliano Alesi, #35 arto RC F GT3

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How will ‘The Emperor’ fare on his return to SUPER GT?

After two years out of the highlight, Satoshi Motoyama is again – solely this time, he’s taking over the cut-and-thrust of the GT300 class driving for a group bearing his personal identify as a part of a tie-up with former Toyota GT500 squad Staff LeMans. Now 50, Motoyama has stored his hand in since stepping down from Nissan’s GT500 line-up by racing in Tremendous Taikyu, and final 12 months he appeared in each System Regional Japan and Tremendous System Lights, proving that the fireplace remains to be burning inside the motive force recognized in Japan as ‘the Emperor’.

Staff LeMans with Motoyama Racing has chosen to area an Audi R8 LMS Evo on Yokohama tyres, with Motoyama joined on the driving power by rookie Yoshiaki Katayama, a mainstay of All-Japan System 3 in current seasons however by no means attaining notably sturdy outcomes. His place on the group owes extra to the id of his father Yoshinori, who owns the Okayama circuit and is intently linked to Staff LeMans.

#6 Team LeMans Audi R8 LMS

#6 Staff LeMans Audi R8 LMS

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Motoyama says that he all the time fancied the concept of driving in GT300 even in the course of the peak of his powers at NISMO, the place he received three championships, attracted by the sheer number of automobiles and the notion that the category is a ‘enjoyable’ place to race. He additionally acknowledges that, thus far, the fact has been reasonably completely different from that picture he had all these years in the past, and that making an attempt to juggle the function of driver and group boss has been robust thus far.

The early indicators from testing counsel that Motoyama and Katayama could also be in for a troublesome 12 months: throughout the 4 official classes, the #6 Audi wound up twenty sixth, twenty third, twenty second and twenty sixth within the timesheets. Katayama didn’t win himself any associates both when he hit the #3 NDDP/B-Max Nissan on the opening day at Fuji. However the tempo proven by fellow Audi/Yokohama squad Staff Hitotsuyama, with which LeMans has a detailed relationship, at Fuji provides a helpful benchmark and suggests the package deal does have potential.

Drivers like Manabu Orido and Morio Nitta show that it’s attainable to remain aggressive in GT300 nicely into your 50s, so if Motoyama nonetheless has the starvation then there’s no cause why he can’t construct up his group right into a race-winning pressure in years to return – and bid to grow to be solely the third driver to win titles in each courses after Kazuya Oshima and Masataka Yanagida.

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2021 SUPER GT calendar:

Spherical Date Venue
Spherical 1 April 10-11 Okayama Worldwide Circuit
Spherical 2 Could 3-4 Fuji Speedway
Spherical 3 Could 29-30 Suzuka Circuit 
Spherical 4 July 17-18 Twin Ring Motegi
Spherical 5 September 11-12 Sportsland Sugo
Spherical 6 October 23-24 Autopolis
Spherical 7 November 6-7 Twin Ring Motegi
Spherical 8 November 27-28 Fuji Speedway

Fuji time schedule (GMT +9):

Saturday April 10

Observe 0945-1130
Qualifying 1400-1521

Sunday April 11:

Heat-up 1155-1215
Race (300km/81 laps): 1330

GT500 class entry record:

Producer

Staff

Tyre

No.

Drivers

Nissan

(GT-R)

 

 

NISMO

Michelin

23

Italy Ronnie Quintarelli

Japan Tsugio Matsuda

Kondo Racing

Yokohama

24

Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi

Japan Daiki Sasaki

Staff Impul

Bridgestone

12

Japan Nobuharu Matsushita

Japan Kazuki Hiramine

NDDP/B-Max Racing

Michelin

3

Japan Kohei Hirate

Japan Katsumasa Chiyo

Toyota

(GR Supra)

 

 

 

 

 

TOM’S

 

 

Bridgestone

 

36

Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi

Japan Sho Tsuboi

37

Japan Ryo Hirakawa

France Sacha Fenestraz

Japan Sena Sakaguchi*

Racing Undertaking Bandoh

Yokohama

19

Japan Yuji Kunimoto

Japan Ritomo Miyata

SARD

Bridgestone

39

Finland Heikki Kovalainen

Japan Yuichi Nakayama

Cerumo

Bridgestone

38

Japan Hiroaki Ishiura

Japan Yuji Tachikawa

Rookie Racing

Bridgestone

14

Japan Kazuya Oshima

Japan Kenta Yamashita

Honda

(NSX-GT)

 

 

 

 

Staff Kunimitsu

Bridgestone

1

Japan Naoki Yamamoto

Japan Tadasuke Makino

Japan Hideki Mutoh*

ARTA

Bridgestone

8

Japan Tomoki Nojiri

Japan Nirei Fukuzumi

Staff Mugen

Dunlop

16

Japan Toshiki Oyu

Japan Ukyo Sasahara

Nakajima Racing

Dunlop

64

Japan Takuya Izawa

Japan Hiroki Otsu

Actual Racing

Bridgestone

17

Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi

Belgium Bertrand Baguette

* Spherical 1 solely

GT300 class entry record (Spherical 1):

No. Staff Automotive Tyre Drivers
2 Inging & Automobiles Tokai Dream28 Lotus Evora MC Bridgestone

Japan Hiroki Katoh

Japan Ryohei Sakaguchi

4 Goodsmile Racing with Staff Ukyo Mercedes-AMG GT3 Yokohama

Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi

Japan Tatsuya Kataoka

5 Staff Mach Toyota 86 MC Yokohama

Japan Reiji Hiraki

Japan Yuya Hiraki

6 Staff LeMans with Motoyama Racing Audi R8 LMS Yokohama

Japan Satoshi Motoyama

Japan Yoshiaki Katayama

7 Staff Studie BMW M6 GT3 Yokohama

Japan Seiji Ara

Japan Tomohide Yamaguchi

9 Pacific CarGuy Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Yokohama

Japan Takeshi Kimura

Japan Kei Cozzolino

10 Gainer Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 Dunlop

Japan Kazuki Hoshino

Japan Keishi Ishikawa

11 Gainer Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 Dunlop

Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka

Japan Hironobu Yasuda

18 Staff UpGarage Honda NSX GT3 Yokohama

Japan Teppei Natori

Japan Takashi Kobayashi

21 Hitotsuyama Racing Audi R8 LMS Yokohama

Japan Shintaro Kawabata

Japan Takuro Shinahara

22 R’Qs Motor Sports activities Mercedes-AMG GT3 Yokohama

Japan Hisashi Wada

Japan Masaki Jyonai

25 Staff Tsuchiya Porsche 911 GT3 R Yokohama

Japan Takamitsu Matsui

Japan Kimiya Sato

30 apr Toyota Prius PHV GR Sport Yokohama

Japan Hiroaki Nagai

Japan Manabu Orido

31 apr Toyota Prius PHV GR Sport Bridgestone

Japan Yuhki Nakayama

Japan Koki Saga

34 Drago Corse Honda NSX GT3 Yokohama

Japan Ryo Michigami

Japan Shogo Mitsuyama

35 Staff Thailand Lexus RC F GT3 Yokohama

United Kingdom Sean Walkinshaw

France Giuliano Alesi

48 NILZZ Racing Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 Yokohama

Japan Ryuichiro Tomita

Japan Yuki Tanaka

50 Arnage Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Yokohama

Japan Masaki Kano

Japan Masataka Yanagida

52 Saitama Toyopet Inexperienced Courageous Toyota GR Supra GT300 Bridgestone

Japan Hiroki Yoshida

Japan Kohta Kawaai

55 ARTA Honda NSX GT3 Bridgestone

Japan Shinichi Takagi

Japan Ren Sato

56 Kondo Racing Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 Yokohama

Japan Kiyoto Fujinami

Brazil Joao Paulo de Oliveira

60 LM Corsa Toyota GR Supra GT300 Dunlop

Japan Hiroki Yoshimoto

Japan Shunsuke Kohno

61 R&D Sport Subaru BRZ (2021) Dunlop

Japan Takuto Iguchi

Japan Hideki Yamauchi

65 LEON Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Bridgestone

Japan Naoya Gamou

Japan Togo Suganami

87 JLOC Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Yokohama

Japan Kosuke Matsuura

Japan Natsu Sakaguchi

88 JLOC Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Yokohama

Japan Takashi Kogure

Japan Yuya Motojima

96 Ok-Tunes Racing (LM Corsa) Lexus RC F GT3 Dunlop

Japan Morio Nitta

Japan Sena Sakaguchi

244 Max Racing  Toyota GR Supra GT300 Yokohama

Japan Yuui Tsutsumi

Japan Atsushi Miyake

360 Tomei Sports activities Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 Yokohama

Japan Takayuki Aoki

Japan Yudai Uchida