Ryo Hirakawa
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Ryo Hirakawa

1994-03-07 (age 27)

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SUPER GT drivers say longer races would reduce strategy options

Leading SUPER GT drivers believe the Japanese championship's plan to extend race distances next season could have the knock-on effect of reducing strategy options.

Oyu now biggest threat for Super Formula title - Hirakawa
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Oyu now biggest threat for Super Formula title - Hirakawa

Toshiki Oyu has emerged as the biggest threat in this year's Super Formula title battle following his performance in the most recent race at Sugo, according to Ryo Hirakawa.

Hirakawa: Toyota hypercar test tougher than I imagined

Toyota Super Formula and SUPER GT ace Ryo Hirakawa admits that his first experience of driving the marque's Le Mans Hypercar in Portimao last month was harder than he had imagined.

Why the Super Formula title battle looks as good as over

The recent news that Ryo Hirakawa won't be on the grid for next weekend's fourth round of the Super Formula season at Sugo has Jamie Klein wondering if the title battle is already as good as over.

Hirakawa admits Toyota WEC test is “quite a big chance”

Ryo Hirakawa has acknowledged his upcoming test outing in Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar at Portimao this month is a “big chance” to revive his career on the international stage.

Hirakawa handed surprise Toyota hypercar test chance
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Hirakawa handed surprise Toyota hypercar test chance

Ryo Hirakawa has been handed an unexpected chance to drive Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar in a test following the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Portimao. 

Hirakawa "lucky" to suffer DNF in half-points race

Ryo Hirakawa admits the timing of his first non-finish of the 2021 Super Formula season at Autopolis is "lucky" given only half points were awarded in the rain-shortened race.

Super GT drivers unhappy with FCY teething issues

Several top SUPER GT drivers have voiced their unhappiness with teething issues surrounding the introduction of the full-course yellow (FCY) system in this week's Fuji 500km race.

Hirakawa needed "two or three more laps" for Fuji win Fuji
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Hirakawa needed "two or three more laps" for Fuji win

TOM'S Toyota SUPER GT driver Ryo Hirakawa thinks he and Sena Sakaguchi could have won Tuesday's Fuji 500km race had it been "two or three laps longer".

Hirakawa "doesn't understand" Honda's Suzuka Q3 leap

Ryo Hirakawa says his Q3 lap for this weekend's Suzuka Super Formula round was one of the best of his career, but can't understand how his Honda-powered rivals were able to find so much pace.

Hirakawa explains pitstop that cost TOM'S Okayama win

Ryo Hirakawa has explained what exactly happened during the mid-race pitstop that cost the TOM’S Toyota team a likely victory in the SUPER GT season opener at Okayama.

Hirakawa: Luck 'not on my side' in Fuji opener

Ryo Hirakawa admits that luck wasn't on his side in last weekend's Super Formula season opener as he finished fourth behind an all-Honda top three at Fuji Speedway.

Honda runners out of reach at Fuji, admits Hirakawa

Ryo Hirakawa says there was no way he could have matched the Honda drivers in qualifying for Super Formula's season opener at Fuji Speedway, as Toyota continues to struggle with a top speed deficit.

Five storylines to follow this year in Super Formula

The 2021 Super Formula season kicks off this weekend at Fuji Speedway, and there have no shortage of talking points after two pre-season tests. Jamie Klein selects five of the most significant to keep track of.

Hirakawa wary of threat from sister TOM'S Toyota

Ryo Hirakawa admits he is likely to face a bigger challenge from the other side of the TOM'S garage in SUPER GT this season after the #36 Toyota GR Supra set the fastest time in last weekend's Fuji Speedway test.

Toyota Super GT drivers fear "tough" 2021 season

Toyota SUPER GT ace Ryo Hirakawa admits he expects a "tough" season in 2021 with a schedule less well-suited to the GR Supra than last year's unorthodox calendar.

Hirakawa concludes Suzuka test on top, Alesi fifth

Ryo Hirakawa concluded a rain-hit second day of Super Formula pre-season testing at Suzuka with the fastest time, as TOM'S substitute Giuliano Alesi broke into the top five.

Striking new colours for Impul Super Formula team

Super Formula stalwart team Impul has revealed a striking new black-and-gold livery ahead of the 2021 season.

The Top 10 Super GT/Super Formula drivers of 2020

One driver may have walked away with the top prize in both SUPER GT and Super Formula season, but there was no shortage of other standouts in one of the most intense and dramatic years on the Japanese domestic scene in recent memory.

Hirakawa has "no regrets" about falling short of title Fuji
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Hirakawa has "no regrets" about falling short of title

Ryo Hirakawa insists he has "no regrets" about coming up two points shy of his first Super Formula title after losing out to Naoki Yamamoto in last weekend's title-deciding race at Fuji Speedway.

Yamamoto hails "fair" Hirakawa after title-deciding battle Fuji
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Yamamoto hails "fair" Hirakawa after title-deciding battle

Naoki Yamamoto has lavished praise on his defeated rival Ryo Hirakawa following their fight in the Fuji Speedway finale that determined the outcome of their title battle.

Honda speed leaves Hirakawa "gloomy" about title chances

Honda's straight line speed advantage during Super Formula practice at Fuji Speedway has left Ryo Hirakawa "feeling gloomy" for his prospects of winning the title.

Hirakawa resigned to chance of second Fuji title defeat

Ryo Hirakawa says that the bitter experience of losing the SUPER GT title at Fuji Speedway means he's taking nothing for granted ahead of this weekend's final Super Formula round at the same track.

Hirakawa concerned by "scary" Suzuka punctures

Joint Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa has expressed his concerns at the number of punctures seen in last weekend's Suzuka double header following the introduction of tyre warmers.

Sasahara: Video doesn't tell story of huge Suzuka crash Suzuka
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Sasahara: Video doesn't tell story of huge Suzuka crash

Ukyo Sasahara has offered his version of the huge Turn 1 crash in Saturday's Suzuka Super Formula race, saying the reality on the race track was "completely different" to that suggested by the TV pictures.

Hirakawa using Super Formula to forget Super GT heartbreak

Ryo Hirakawa says he is using this weekend's Suzuka Super Formula double-header as an opportunity to "forget" his painful defeat in last weekend's SUPER GT title-decider.

Five moments where Toyota lost the Super GT title

While Toyota's Ryo Hirakawa was desperately unlucky to miss out on the 2020 SUPER GT title in a heartbreaking end to the Fuji season finale, it was just one of several costly moments throughout the year.

The fuel error that cost Hirakawa the Super GT title

The chief engineer for the #37 TOM’S Toyota has shouldered the blame for the fuel shortage that cost Ryo Hirakawa the SUPER GT title.

Fuji Super GT: TOM'S on pole for decider, Toyota dominates

Toyota locked out the top four spots on the grid for SUPER GT's title-deciding race at Fuji Speedway, as TOM'S super-sub Kenta Yamashita broke the lap record to claim pole position.

Super Formula tyre warmer ruling draws sceptical reaction

Super Formula points leader Ryo Hirakawa admits he is sceptical about the championship's move to allow the use of tyre warmers for the final three rounds of the season.

Hirakawa frustrated to lose chance to win from 19th

Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa believes a slow pitstop cost him the chance of winning from 19th on the grid at Autopolis.

Autopolis Super Formula: Nojiri on pole, Hirakawa crashes Autopolis
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Autopolis Super Formula: Nojiri on pole, Hirakawa crashes

Mugen Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri scored his first Super Formula pole in two years at Autopolis, while championship leader Ryo Hirakawa consigned himself to a back-row start with a crash.

Hirakawa hails Yamashita's Motegi Super GT turnaround

Ryo Hirakawa has praised his new TOM’S Toyota teammate Kenta Yamashita for his turnaround in Sunday’s Motegi SUPER GT race.

Super GT drivers criticise safety car "lottery" at Motegi

SUPER GT drivers have expressed their frustration at the timing of the safety car period at Motegi, as a caution period strongly influenced the outcome for a second race in a row.

Hirakawa sad to lose Cassidy for Super GT title run-in

TOM’S Toyota title contender Ryo Hirakawa says he is disappointed not to be able to complete the SUPER GT season alongside Nick Cassidy.

Sugo Super Formula: Hirakawa fastest in disrupted practice

Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa topped Friday practice at a damp Sugo ahead of Kamui Kobayashi.

How Toyota’s LMP1 reject became a formidable force

Ever since being passed over for a Toyota LMP1 drive, Ryo Hirakawa has been steadily building his reputation in his native Japan – to the point where he deserves consideration for another crack at the big-time.

Fenestraz admits "we messed ourselves up" at Fuji

Sacha Fenestraz admits the #36 TOM'S Toyota crew "messed ourselves up" in last weekend's Fuji SUPER GT race as he and Yuhi Sekiguchi lost ground in the championship.

Okayama Super Formula: Hirakawa beats Miyata to pole

Ryo Hirakawa scored his second successive Super Formula pole position at Okayama, while Ritomo Miyata secured a front row berth on his debut.

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

One of the biggest talking points of last weekend’s SUPER GT race at Motegi was the clash between the two TOM’S Toyotas, an incident which could have significant championship ramifications at the end of the season.

Super Formula drivers admit start dictated Motegi result

The top three finishers in Sunday's Super Formula season opener at Motegi have all conceded that their finishing positions were essentially dictated at the very start of the race.

Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa takes lights-to-flag win Motegi
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Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa takes lights-to-flag win

Ryo Hirakawa took a comfortable lights-to-flag victory in the opening Super Formula race of the season at Motegi, as Kenta Yamashita beat Sacha Fenestraz to second place.

Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa beats Fenestraz to pole

Impul Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa secured pole position for the opening round of the new Super Formula season at Motegi by three tenths of a second ahead of rookie Sacha Fenestraz.

Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa sets pace in practice

Impul Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa set the pace across Saturday's practice sessions for this weekend's Motegi Super Formula season opener.

Fuji Super GT: Cassidy, Hirakawa win on Supra debut

Toyota swept the top five positions in its first SUPER GT race with the new GR Supra at Fuji Speedway, as TOM'S pair Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa took a commanding victory in the season opener.

Fuji Super GT: Toyota takes surprise pole for opener

Toyota took a surprise pole position for the opening round of the new SUPER GT season at Fuji Speedway with its new Supra, as TOM'S driver Ryo Hirakawa beat the best of the Hondas in qualifying.

Hirakawa fastest again in second Fuji session

Ryo Hirakawa swept the opening day of Fuji Super Formula pre-season testing after narrowly topping Tuesday's afternoon session ahead of Nirei Fukuzumi.

Hirakawa tops first Fuji session, Kobayashi crashes

Ryo Hirakawa set the quickest time in the opening session of Super Formula pre-season testing at Fuji Speedway, as Kamui Kobayashi suffered an early crash.

Cassidy: Fuji safety car cost us second Super GT title

Nick Cassidy believes he and TOM'S Lexus teammate Ryo Hirakawa were only denied their second SUPER GT title in three seasons by the timing of the safety car in August's Fuji race.

Yamashita fears TOM'S fightback in Super GT decider

SUPER GT points leader Kenta Yamashita says he is wary of a TOM'S revival in Sunday's Motegi title-decider after missing out on pole position in the Team LeMans Lexus.

How Cassidy can do the Super Formula/Super GT double

The 2019 SUPER GT title fight is going down the wire, with two Lexus teams engaged in a titanic scrap heading into this weekend’s Motegi season finale. And whichever driver pairing comes out on top will make history in one way or another, as Rachit Thukral explains.

Okayama Super Formula: Hirakawa on pole, title rivals struggle

Impul driver Ryo Hirakawa claimed his second career Super Formula pole at Okayama, as the series’ championship protagonists struggled in qualifying.

TOM'S pair bullish of Super GT title chances

TOM'S Lexus drivers Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa are confident of overhauling the points-leading Team LeMans squad in the final two rounds of the SUPER GT season, as they chase a second title in three years.

Lexus, Nissan unveil star line-ups for DTM finale

Lexus and Nissan have revealed their driver line-ups for the DTM finale at Hockenheim, following the announcement that Jenson Button will drive for Honda at the same event.

Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa wins, Cassidy takes points lead

Ryo Hirakawa notched up his maiden Super Formula victory at Motegi, as Nick Cassidy finished on the podium to snatch the championship lead from Naoki Yamamoto.

Hirakawa can’t put Super GT defeat frustration "into words"

Red Bull-supported driver Ryo Hirakawa says he cannot describe his frustration after losing the 2018 Super GT title in a tightly-contested finale at Motegi.

Honda favouring Button car would be “natural” - Cassidy

Nick Cassidy says it would only be “natural” for Honda to use team orders in support of Jenson Button and Naoki Yamamoto’s title bid in the Super GT finale at Motegi.

Will Button prevail in Motegi Super GT showdown?

This year’s Super GT title fight has proven one of the closest in recent years, with Jenson Button and Naoki Yamamoto heading into the Motegi finale this weekend equal on points with Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa.

Cassidy: Experience could be key in Button title fight

Defending Super GT champion Nick Cassidy believes the experience he gained last year could prove crucial in his title battle with ex-Formula 1 star Jenson Button and Naoki Yamamoto.

Autopolis Super GT: Cassidy/Hirakawa use team orders to win

Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa claimed victory in the penultimate round of Super GT series at Autopolis after the TOM’S Lexus squad implemented team orders late in the race.