Kenichiro Ebii

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SUPER GT may extend length of 450km races for 2023

SUPER GT has outlined an intention to extend the length long-distance events in 2023 after successfully trialling the 450km format this year.

Team LeMans puts Audi GT3 car up for sale

Team LeMans has put the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II that it currently races in SUPER GT up for sale, as it evaluates a switch of model for the 2023 season.

Bridgestone weakness opened door to Mugen podium

Mugen Honda driver Ukyo Sasahara believes the weakness of the Bridgestone teams in wet conditions was partly to thank for the team's first SUPER GT podium finish in two years at Sugo last weekend.

Tsuboi "extremely frustrated" as TOM'S Sugo gamble backfires Sugo
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Tsuboi "extremely frustrated" as TOM'S Sugo gamble backfires

TOM'S Toyota driver Sho Tsuboi says he is "extremely frustrated" that the #36 crew's gamble of staying out on a wet track didn't work out in Sunday's Sugo race.

Merhi enters Super Formula Lights finale with an eye on 2023

Ex-Formula 1 racer Roberto Merhi will contest next week’s final round of the Super Formula Lights season at Okayama as he targets a drive in Super Formula for 2023.

Why Real Honda was defenceless in Suzuka victory fight Suzuka II
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Why Real Honda was defenceless in Suzuka victory fight

The Real Racing Honda SUPER GT team has revealed that a refuelling issue left Koudai Tsukakoshi defenceless in the closing stages of Sunday's Suzuka race.

Tsuchiya Supra upgraded during Suzuka testing crash rebuild

Tsuchiya Engineering’s Toyota GR Supra GT300 is sporting fresh upgrades upon its return to SUPER GT at Suzuka this weekend after the team’s crash in testing last month.

Honda aims to avoid repeat of Fuji tyre woes at Suzuka

Honda is hoping to avoid a repeat of the tyre issues that held it back at Fuji as SUPER GT returns to Suzuka for this weekend’s 450km race.

When Japan's 'Emperor' flirted with a Formula 1 move

Four titles in Japan's Formula Nippon series marked Satoshi Motoyama out as the finest domestic driver of his generation. But the door to a Formula 1 race seat remained firmly closed, despite tests for Jordan and Renault, and his efforts to prize open an opportunity in grand prix racing required him to fight his way back into a top race seat on home soil once more.

Nojiri knows title approach “may not be interesting to watch”

Tomoki Nojiri has conceded that his approach to winning the Super Formula title “may not be that interesting to watch” as he closed in on a second crown at Motegi last weekend.

Yamamoto: Winning so easily "strange" after struggles

Naoki Yamamoto has admitted that the straightforward nature of his Motegi Super Formula win felt "strange" as he finally put an end to a run of torrid form since joining Nakajima Racing last year.

Hirakawa reveals leaking visor caused Motegi spins

Ryo Hirakawa has revealed that water getting inside his visor caused him to spin off during Saturday's Super Formula race at Motegi.

Goodsmile Mercedes has "no chance" to win outside Fuji

Goodsmile Racing’s Tetsuya Kataoka feels the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo has “no chance” of victory in SUPER GT with its Balance of Performance at tracks other than Fuji.

The key to TOM'S jumping Kondo for Fuji SUPER GT win

Ritomo Miyata believes saving fuel during the second stint of Sunday’s Fuji SUPER GT race was the key to he and TOM’S teammate Sacha Fenestraz taking their first GT500 win.

Red Bull junior Sato 'not meeting Marko's expectations'

Ren Sato’s results in Super Formula are not meeting the expectations of Red Bull’s young driver taskmaster Helmut Marko, according to Team Goh boss Masashi Yamamoto.

Honda debuts noise-enhancing exhaust in Fuji Super Formula test

Honda has joined rival Super Formula engine manufacturer Toyota in producing a noise-enhancing exhaust in a bid to replicate the sound of a V8 engine with an inline four.

Matsushita: "No excuse" for race-ending formation lap spin

Nobuharu Matsushita has accepted full responsibility for spinning out on the formation lap of last weekend’s Fuji Super Formula race.

Sekiguchi frustrated to lose rare win chance to loose wheel

Yuhi Sekiguchi has expressed his frustration at letting a rare chance of a Super Formula win slip through his fingers at Fuji Speedway due to a loose wheel.

Miyata criticises "harsh" red flag rules after losing Fuji times

Ritomo Miyata feels losing all of his qualifying times for this weekend’s Fuji Super Formula round due to causing a red flag following a mechanical failure is overly harsh.

Video: Super Formula simulates V8 engine sound in Sugo test Sugo
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Video: Super Formula simulates V8 engine sound in Sugo test

Super Formula completed its first test simulating the sound of a V8 engine with one of its two next-gen development cars on Monday at Sugo.

Kobayashi: Le Mans organisers didn’t want Alpine LMP1 to win

Toyota’s Kamui Kobayashi believes Le Mans 24 Hours organisers gave Alpine a last-minute Balance of Performance change because it did not want a grandfathered LMP1 car winning the race.

Miyata feels Sugo strategy should have yielded second

Ritomo Miyata believes he should have finished second in last weekend’s Sugo Super Formula race but was scuppered by a slow pitstop and the race reaching the time limit.

Nojiri feels ‘jinxed’ as losing streak from pole continues

Super Formula points leader Tomoki Nojiri admits he feels ‘jinxed’ after losing out on the win for a third race in succession at Sugo from pole position.

Fenestraz's first win in Super Formula "a long time coming" Sugo
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Fenestraz's first win in Super Formula "a long time coming"

Sacha Fenestraz has described his first win in Super Formula in Sunday's Sugo race as "a long time coming" after two troubled seasons in Japan's top single-seater category.

Le Mans winner Hirakawa explains dismal Sugo qualifying Sugo
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Le Mans winner Hirakawa explains dismal Sugo qualifying

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Ryo Hirakawa has explained his disappointing run to 16th in qualifying for this weekend's Sugo Super Formula round, his lowest grid slot in the series in almost two years.

Cerumo Toyota faces penalty after double engine failure

The Cerumo Toyota SUPER GT team faces a penalty in the next round at Fuji Speedway following two engine failures on successive days last weekend at Suzuka.

Why huge Fuji SUPER GT crash was judged as racing incident Fuji
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Why huge Fuji SUPER GT crash was judged as racing incident

SUPER GT race director Naoki Hattori has explained why the massive crash that brought this month's second round at Fuji Speedway to a premature halt was judged to be a racing incident.

Takaboshi determined to get Suzuka result after huge Fuji crash

Nissan SUPER GT driver Mitsunori Takaboshi is aiming to channel the frustration of his huge crash at Fuji Speedway into a strong result in this weekend’s third round at Suzuka.

Tsuboi accepts blame for Kobayashi's high-speed crash Autopolis
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Tsuboi accepts blame for Kobayashi's high-speed crash

Sho Tsuboi has accepted the blame for causing Kamui Kobayashi’s high-speed crash in Sunday’s Super Formula race at Autopolis.

Super Formula to try simulating V8 engine sound in next test

Super Formula will try and emulate the sound of a V8 engine in its next scheduled test for its development cars at Sugo next month.

Super Formula trials 'hybrid' body panels in latest next-gen test

Super Formula tested out 'hybrid' body panels made from a mix of flax and carbon fibre as its next-generation development cars continued running this week at Suzuka.

Yamashita can't explain "weird" loss of pace at Suzuka Suzuka
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Yamashita can't explain "weird" loss of pace at Suzuka

Kenta Yamashita can't explain his "weird" loss of pace in the wet during Sunday's Super Formula race as he slumped from second to a disastrous 16th-place finish.

Nakajima struggles could be even worse at Suzuka, fears Oyu

Nakajima Racing’s Super Formula struggles could be even worse this weekend at Suzuka than they were in a disappointing opener at Fuji, says Toshiki Oyu.

Could this be Nissan’s secret weapon in SUPER GT this year?

Nissan showed fearsome pace in the rain during SUPER GT pre-season testing last month. New wet tyres from Michelin could give the marque an edge as it seeks to end a title drought dating back to 2015.

How Fuji opener unravelled for shock front row starters Fuji
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How Fuji opener unravelled for shock front row starters

Qualifying for the opening round of the new Super Formula season produced a shock front row, but both Ukyo Sasahara and Ren Sato would see their races quickly unravel.

Super Formula next-gen development cars hit the track at Fuji

Super Formula kicked off its next-generation development test programme this week at Fuji Speedway, trialling environmentally-friendly tyres and carbon-neutral fuel.

Honda top speed deficit no disadvantage at Fuji, says Nojiri

Honda's top speed deficit in comparison to SUPER GT rivals Toyota and Nissan won't prevent the marque from being competitive at Fuji Speedway this season, insists Tomoki Nojiri.

Max Racing to miss SUPER GT opener after team owner death

Max Racing will sit out the opening round of the 2022 SUPER GT season at Okayama following the death of team owner Tsuyoshi Oono at the start of this month.

One-lap pace has become "weakness" for Oyu

Nakajima Racing Super Formula driver Toshiki Oyu admits that one-lap pace has become a "weakness" following a disappointing showing in this week's Fuji pre-season test.

SUPER GT explains reasoning behind holding 450km races

SUPER GT supremo Masaaki Bandoh says environmental concerns were the chief factor in the championship's decision to hold three 450km races this season.

Mugen finding way to keep two-car team "important" for Nojiri

Reigning Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri says the fact Mugen was able to maintain a two-car team in 2022 comes as a major boost to his title defence hopes.

Yokohama introduces new tyre to address puncture concerns

Yokohama has introduced a new specification of rear tyre for the 2022 Super Formula season to alleviate concerns surrounding punctures.

Goh aiming to refer Honda youngsters to Red Bull F1 academy

Team Goh says it is aiming to develop Honda junior drivers in Super Formula with the aim of allowing them to race overseas as part of the Red Bull Junior Team.

Sasahara credits fan support for last-minute Mugen deal

Ukyo Sasahara has cited the support he received from fans as a major factor in securing a last-minute deal to race in Super Formula this year with Team Mugen.

Subaru facing challenges after upgrading 'Windows XP' ECU

Subaru says its decision to replace the almost 20-year-old ECU on its SUPER GT challenger is akin to “upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 10”.

Subaru shakes down modified 2022 BRZ SUPER GT challenger

Subaru has taken the covers off a revised version of its BRZ GT300 car with which it will seek to defend its title in SUPER GT's lower division.

How Goh’s left-field pick earned his Super Formula chance

Few fans outside of Japan are likely to have heard of Atsushi Miyake, Team Goh’s pick for its second Super Formula seat. That might be partly because of his somewhat unconventional path since being dumped by Honda two years ago.

Sasahara not giving up on Super Formula despite failed Goh talks

Ukyo Sasahara insists that he hasn’t given up on being on the Super Formula grid in 2022 despite not being chosen to race for Honda squad Team Goh.

Why luckless Japanese youngster Natori deserves a break

Luck has always played a role in the way that most motorsport careers pan out, but if there’s one driver who has suffered more misfortune than most in the last two years, it has to be reigning Super Formula Lights champion Teppei Natori.

Nojiri aiming to challenge Yamamoto's Super Formula records

Defending Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri says he is aiming to take a "step closer" to fellow Honda driver Naoki Yamamoto's records in the championship this year.

Matsushita 'surprised but happy' about Honda SUPER GT offer
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Matsushita 'surprised but happy' about Honda SUPER GT offer

Nobuharu Matsushita admits he was “surprised” to be offered a Honda SUPER GT drive for the 2022 season after a season driving for Nissan.

New Toyota GR86 SUPER GT car produces "amazing" downforce

The all-new Toyota GR86 GT300 car that will make its SUPER GT debut in 2022 produces an “amazing” amount of downforce, says constructor apr.

Fukuzumi "volunteered" to join Drago Corse for Suzuka test

Nirei Fukuzumi says he "volunteered" to join the Drago Corse team for this month's post-season Super Formula test at Suzuka to try and improve himself as a driver.

Super Formula drivers call for clearer penalty guidelines

Super Formula drivers have called for clarity about how penalties for contact will be awarded in future after meeting with the stewards during last week's post-season test at Suzuka.

Toyota explains logic behind surprise Sekiguchi SARD move
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Toyota explains logic behind surprise Sekiguchi SARD move

Toyota has explained why it opted to move Yuhi Sekiguchi from the title-winning TOM’S outfit to SARD for the 2022 SUPER GT campaign.

Yamamoto surprised by difference with Oyu's car after swap

Naoki Yamamoto admits that the difference between Nakajima Racing's two Super Formula cars is more than he imagined after swapping cars with teammate Toshiki Oyu in this week's Suzuka post-season test.

Retiring Nakajima explains Super Formula test appearance

Kazuki Nakajima has explained his Super Formula test appearance this week at Suzuka for Rookie Racing, having already announced his retirement as a racing driver.

Toyota considers abandoning Supra low-downforce concept

Toyota has suggested it may move to a more high-downforce concept for the 2022 version of its GR Supra SUPER GT challenger.

Yamamoto details incident that cost him third SUPER GT title Fuji II
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Yamamoto details incident that cost him third SUPER GT title

Honda driver Naoki Yamamoto says he had taken extra care to avoid any trouble with lapped traffic at the time of the incident with a GT300 machine that wrecked his and Team Kunimitsu's SUPER GT title hopes.

ARTA momentum worth nothing in SUPER GT decider - Nojiri

ARTA Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri has warned that winning the last two SUPER GT races will count for nothing in this weekend's Fuji Speedway title decider.