Jamie Klein

Jamie Klein

Jamie Klein is one of Motorsport.com’s Global News Editors, reporting primarily on the FIA World Endurance Championship, Super Formula and SUPER GT. He took his first steps into motorsport journalism in 2013 as a freelancer before joining Motorsport Network full-time in April 2015 as UK Editor. In 2016, he moved into a more wide-ranging role as he became a regular in the paddocks of the WEC and MotoGP. After a two-month trip to Japan in late 2018 gave him his first taste of reporting live on Super Formula and SUPER GT, he made the move to Tokyo permanently in October 2019, and covered every round of the country’s two top series in 2020. Away from motorsport, he is studying the Japanese language and can often be found relaxing in an ‘onsen’ (Japanese hot spring) or gorging on ramen, occasionally at the same time. He can be found on Twitter at @JamieKlein_.

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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.

Piquet Jr to make LMP2 return with United in 2023

Ex-Formula 1 racer Nelson Piquet Jr will contest the European Le Mans Series in 2023 with the United Autosports LMP2 team.

The quest to become SUPER GT’s youngest-ever champions

TOM'S Toyota pair Sacha Fenestraz and Ritomo Miyata may not have had the smoothest start to the SUPER GT season, but they still have their eyes on earning a place in the history books at the end of the year.

Super Formula set to cut downforce by over 10% in 2023

Super Formula is set for a downforce reduction of a little over 10 percent next year in its bid to create closer racing.

Kawasaki to enter factory team in 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours

Kawasaki has announced it will defend its Suzuka 8 Hours victory with World Superbike riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, as well as Leon Haslam.

Honda's Lecuona almost gave up after losing front mudguard

Honda World Superbike rider Iker Lecuona admits he nearly pulled into the pits to retire from the final race of last weekend's Estoril round after his CBR1000RR-R bizarrely shed its front mudguard on the warm-up lap.

How Autopolis made Super Formula's dominator look vulnerable Autopolis
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How Autopolis made Super Formula's dominator look vulnerable

The biggest talking point from last weekend's Autopolis Super Formula race was a strangely subdued performance from points leader Tomoki Nojiri. For the first time in over a year, the Honda driver no longer looks unbeatable, says Jamie Klein.

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.

Fenestraz ignored Kondo pit call on way to best-ever finish Autopolis
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Fenestraz ignored Kondo pit call on way to best-ever finish

Sacha Fenestraz has revealed he ignored his Kondo Racing team’s pit instructions en route to his best-ever Super Formula finish at Autopolis.

Estoril WSBK: Rea outduels Bautista to win thrilling finale

Jonathan Rea won a thrilling final World Superbike race of the weekend at Estoril with a brave pass on championship leader Alvaro Bautista on the final lap.

Autopolis Super Formula: Nojiri scores third pole in a row

Reigning Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri scored his third successive pole position for this weekend's fourth round of the season at Autopolis, further stretching his points lead.

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.

Rea: No ill feeling with Razgatlioglu after Assen collision

Jonathan Rea insists there is no “ill feeling” between he and World Superbike title rival Toprak Razgatlioglu after the pair collided while disputing the lead last month at Assen.

Latvala to drive hydrogen-powered Toyota in Fuji 24 Hours

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala will contest next month's Fuji 24 Hours as part of the crew tasked with driving the Japanese marque's hydrogen-powered Corolla.

Alesi's style 'impossible to compare' to TOM'S teammate Miyata

Giuliano Alesi can't be directly compared to his TOM'S teammate Ritomo Miyata in Super Formula because of the pair's wildly differing driving styles, according to the Frenchman's race engineer.

Toyota's Yamashita doesn't fear '21-style points drought

The SUPER GT championship-leading Rookie Racing Toyota team has conquered its race pace issues from last year, believes Kenta Yamashita.

Fritz gets Motoxracing Yamaha WSBK call-up for Estoril

Yamaha FIM Endurance World Championship regular Marvin Fritz will take part in this weekend's World Superbike round at Estoril in place of an injured Roberto Tamburini.

Winning in F2 was harder than in Super Formula - Matsushita

Nobuharu Matsushita feels it was harder to win races in Formula 2 than in Super Formula after securing his first victory in the latter category.

Greater engine equality good for Super Formula, say drivers

The greater equality in engine performance between Honda and Toyota is a positive thing for Super Formula, according to some of the Japanese series' top drivers.

Redding urges BMW WSBK team to "trust" his feedback more

Scott Redding has urged the BMW World Superbike team to "trust" his feedback more instead of pursuing an overly data-driven approach towards the improvement of its M1000RR challenger.

R'Qs Mercedes to miss Suzuka SUPER GT race after Fuji crash Suzuka
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R'Qs Mercedes to miss Suzuka SUPER GT race after Fuji crash

The R'Qs Motor Sports Mercedes team is set to miss this month's third round of the SUPER GT season at Suzuka following Hisashi Wada's huge crash at Fuji Speedway.

Matsushita hopes Suzuka can be "turning point" for Real Racing

Honda SUPER GT driver Nobuharu Matsushita hopes this month's Suzuka race can mark a "turning point" for the beleaguered Real Racing team after a subdued start to the season.

How Honda has revolutionised its young driver programme

Honda has a history of making questionable decisions with regards to its young drivers in Japan, but an off-season overhaul of the 'Honda Formula Dream Project' should result in better outcomes for everyone, explains Jamie Klein.

First SUPER GT win for Nissan Z feels imminent, says Quintarelli

A first SUPER GT victory for Nissan's all-new Z GT500 contender feels imminent after a strong showing last week at Fuji Speedway, says Ronnie Quintarelli.

Spa WEC: Penske LMP2 leads Glickenhaus in second practice

Factory Porsche driver Felipe Nasr topped the times in second practice for this weekend's Spa FIA World Endurance Championship round aboard Team Penske's LMP2 car.

Bandoh Toyota "lost everything" with Fuji tyre warm-up woes

The pole-winning Racing Project Bandoh Toyota "lost everything in a lap and a half" at the start of SUPER GT's Fuji 450km with its poor tyre warm-up, admits the team's chief engineer Varun Srinivasan.

ARTA Honda could have won 'in normal circumstances' at Fuji

ARTA Honda chief engineer Ryan Dingle feels the team had the potential to win Wednesday's Fuji SUPER GT round even without the strange circumstances in which Tomoki Nojiri and Nirei Fukuzumi inherited victory.

Takaboshi released from hospital after huge Fuji crash Fuji
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Takaboshi released from hospital after huge Fuji crash

Nissan SUPER GT driver Mitsunori Takaboshi has been released from hospital following his huge crash in Wednesday's race at Fuji Speedway.

TOM'S boss says Alesi not blameless in intra-team clash

TOM'S SUPER GT team boss Jun Yamada believes that Giuliano Alesi was partly culpable for the intra-team collision that cost the squad a likely victory in the Fuji 450km.

Drivers question Fuji restart decision after Takaboshi crash Fuji
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Drivers question Fuji restart decision after Takaboshi crash

SUPER GT drivers have questioned the decision to attempt to restart Wednesday's Fuji 450km race following Mitsunori Takaboshi's terrifying crash.

BMW not as far behind as it seems, says Kawasaki's Lowes

BMW is not far behind its World Superbike rivals as the results in the opening two rounds of the season make it appear, believes Kawasaki's Alex Lowes.

Why SUPER GT teams face "tricky" Fuji 450km strategy calls

SUPER GT teams are facing a headache working out the best strategy for Wednesday's Fuji race, with rule changes for this year opening up a wide range of options for the 450km race.

SUPER GT teams given more strategy freedom for Fuji 450km

SUPER GT teams will no longer have to change drivers in every pitstop in this week’s Fuji 450km race.

Why Subaru faces an even tougher job defending its title

Last year, Subaru finally managed to do what it had been aiming to for more than two decades - to win the championship in SUPER GT’s ultra-competitive GT300 class.

Saitama Toyopet reveals driver change for Fuji SUPER GT race

The Saitama Toyopet Green Brave team has revealed that Hiroki Yoshida will miss next week's Fuji SUPER GT round after testing positive for COVID-19.

How Roberto Merhi got his surprise Audi SUPER GT call-up

Sometime Formula 1 racer Roberto Merhi will be making his SUPER GT debut next week at Fuji Speedway following a surprise late call-up to join the Team LeMans Audi squad.

Nissan announces two-car Fuji 24 Hours effort with Z

Nissan has announced it will race a version of its new Z in the Fuji 24 Hours, as it seeks to gather data for the car to be used in other categories.

Nissan keen to try out Formula E drivers in GT500 machinery

Nissan has expressed an interest in trying out members of its Formula E stable in SUPER GT machinery as it looks to recruit more drivers from abroad in future seasons.

Kobayashi credits "trial and error" for KCMG turnaround

Kamui Kobayashi says "trial and error" is behind KCMG's sudden improvement in Super Formula after a difficult pre-season and opening race of the season.

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

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

Hirakawa rues mystery qualifying issue as points gap widens

Super Formula title hopeful Ryo Hirakawa was left to rue a mysterious lack of qualifying pace as he recovered from 12th to seventh in last weekend's Suzuka race.

Makino 'pushed too hard' in pursuit of first Super Formula win Suzuka
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Makino 'pushed too hard' in pursuit of first Super Formula win

Tadasuke Makino admits he pushed too hard, too soon in pursuit of a first Super Formula victory in wet conditions at Suzuka, as he ended up dropping to third place.

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.

Matsushita: Maiden Super Formula win "not enough for me" Suzuka
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Matsushita: Maiden Super Formula win "not enough for me"

Nobuharu Matsushita says his stunning victory in Sunday’s wet Super Formula race at Suzuka is “not enough” as he still has a mountain to climb to catch championship leader Tomoki Nojiri.

Assen WSBK: Rea holds on from Bautista for victory

Jonathan Rea scored his second win of the World Superbike season at Assen after coming out on top in a thrilling three-way scrap against Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Sasahara: Kunimoto block cost me "easy" front row start

Mugen's Ukyo Sasahara feels being blocked by Yuji Kunimoto cost him a clear shot to start from the front row for Sunday's third round of the Super Formula season at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri stretches points lead with pole

Reigning champion Tomoki Nojiri extended his Super Formula championship lead by grabbing pole for this weekend's Suzuka round.

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.

Bautista sympathises with Redding's BMW struggles

Alvaro Bautista says he can sympathise with the struggles that Scott Redding is enduring in World Superbike following the Briton's move from Ducati to BMW.

Nojiri, Hirakawa expect other title contenders to emerge

Super Formula championship leaders Tomoki Nojiri and Ryo Hirakawa both expect other drivers to join them in the title battle after they monopolised the top two places at Fuji.

Pedercini Kawasaki WSBK team parts ways with Cresson

The Pedercini Kawasaki World Superbike team has parted ways with rider Loris Cresson ahead of this weekend's Assen round.

Motoyama confirms split from Team LeMans SUPER GT squad

SUPER GT legend Satoshi Motoyama's eponymous team has confirmed its split from Team LeMans following last weekend's Okayama season-opener.

Farfus reflects on "crazy" first SUPER GT race with BMW M4

Augusto Farfus has described Team Studie’s maiden SUPER GT outing with the new BMW M4 GT3 as “crazy” after an unfortunate incident wrecked the squad’s chances of a strong finish.

Ex-F1 racer Merhi to make SUPER GT debut at Fuji

Ex-Formula 1 racer Roberto Merhi will make his SUPER GT debut next month at Fuji driving for the Team LeMans Audi squad.

Should TOM'S be worried by low-key start to SUPER GT season?

While Toyota got its 2022 SUPER GT season off to a winning start with Rookie Racing last weekend at Okayama, the team that delivered the marque last year’s title, TOM’S, suffered a rather anonymous opening to its campaign with both cars.

Impul Nissan pair deflated after second-to-seventh slump Okayama
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Impul Nissan pair deflated after second-to-seventh slump

Impul Nissan drivers Kazuki Hiramine and Bertrand Baguette were left disappointed to drop from a potential podium finish in SUPER GT's Okayama season-opener to seventh place in the latter stages.

Honda SUPER GT podium at Okayama exceeded expectations Okayama
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Honda SUPER GT podium at Okayama exceeded expectations

Honda says a second-place finish for the best of its updated NSX Type S-based machines in the opening race of the new SUPER GT season at Okayama exceeded its expectations.

Yamashita "not that happy" to win after late Okayama scare Okayama
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Yamashita "not that happy" to win after late Okayama scare

Toyota SUPER GT driver Kenta Yamashita admits he was "not that happy" with the way he clinched Rookie Racing's Okayama victory as a late scare almost cost the team dearly.

SUPER GT confirms carbon neutral fuel for 2023 season

SUPER GT has announced an agreement with German firm Haltermann Carless to supply next-generation carbon neutral fuel to all cars for the 2023 season.

Honda's Makino confident of taking Okayama fight to Toyota Okayama
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Honda's Makino confident of taking Okayama fight to Toyota

Honda SUPER GT driver Tadasuke Makino is hopeful of taking the fight to the all-conquering Toyota contingent after qualifying third for this weekend's Okayama curtain-raiser.