Ryo Hirakawa1994-03-07 (age 27)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa believes a slow pitstop cost him the chance of winning from 19th on the grid at Autopolis.
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.
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 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.
TOM’S Toyota title contender Ryo Hirakawa says he is disappointed not to be able to complete the SUPER GT season alongside Nick Cassidy.
Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa topped Friday practice at a damp Sugo ahead of Kamui Kobayashi.
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.
Ryo Hirakawa scored his second successive Super Formula pole position at Okayama, while Ritomo Miyata secured a front row berth on his debut.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Impul Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa set the pace across Saturday's practice sessions for this weekend's Motegi Super Formula season opener.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Impul driver Ryo Hirakawa claimed his second career Super Formula pole at Okayama, as the series’ championship protagonists struggled in qualifying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.