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How Toyota's Sekiguchi rediscovered his motivation

Toyota SUPER GT driver Yuhi Sekiguchi says that being partnered with young and fast teammates at TOM'S has helped him rediscover some of his lost motivation.

The change that enabled Toyota to dominate at Okayama

Toyota believes that a change in set-up concept for the 2021 SUPER GT season is one of the factors that allowed the GR Supra to dominate at Okayama.

Fenestraz facing prolonged wait to return to Japan

Toyota driver Sacha Fenestraz potentially faces a prolonged wait before he is able to return to Japan and take up his seats in Super Formula and SUPER GT after missing the start of both campaigns this month.

Makino named as third driver for Fuji Super GT race

Tadasuke Makino is set for his return to SUPER GT action in next month's second round of the season at Fuji Speedway as a third driver for the Team Kunimitsu Honda squad.

Opinion: Why Honda will be green with substitution envy

Both Honda and Toyota had to call upon substitute drivers for last weekend's SUPER GT opener at Okayama, but the drivers they chose put in contrasting performances - with interesting implications for this year's title battle.

Nissan: Okayama result "unfortunate", pace encouraging

Nissan says it is encouraged by the pace its GT-Rs displayed in last weekend's Okayama SUPER GT opener despite failing to achieve a higher result than ninth place.

Full-course yellow back on the agenda for Super GT

SUPER GT is still planning to introduce the Full Course Yellow system this season, and it could be used for the first time next month at Fuji Speedway, Motorsport.com has learned.

Why SARD couldn't match other Toyotas at Okayama Okayama
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Why SARD couldn't match other Toyotas at Okayama

SARD Toyota driver Heikki Kovalainen believes a lack of rear downforce during last weekend's Okayama SUPER GT season stopped the team from challenging the lead GR Supras.

How vacant pit stalls decided Okayama GT300 battle Okayama
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How vacant pit stalls decided Okayama GT300 battle

The layout of the pit stalls in the Okayama pitlane played a key part in Kondo Racing’s GT300 class victory in last weekend’s SUPER GT season opener.

Honda must react to prevent Toyota Fuji blowout

Honda needs to quickly find the cause of its crushing defeat to Toyota in last weekend's Okayama SUPER GT opener to prevent a similar result in the next round at Fuji Speedway, says Bertrand Baguette.

"Frustrated" Tsuboi reflects on race-deciding error

TOM'S driver Sho Tsuboi has branded the mistake he made while battling fellow Toyota driver Kenta Yamashita for victory in Sunday's Okayama SUPER GT opener "frustrating and something I regret".

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.

Okayama Super GT: Yamashita beats Tsuboi in thrilling duel Okayama
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Okayama Super GT: Yamashita beats Tsuboi in thrilling duel

Kenta Yamashita and Kazuya Oshima claimed a maiden victory for the Rookie Racing team in the opening round of the 2021 SUPER GT season at Okayama, as Toyota monopolised the top four spots.

Baguette unsure how Honda can beat Toyota at Okayama Okayama
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Baguette unsure how Honda can beat Toyota at Okayama

Honda SUPER GT driver Bertrand Baguette admits he can't see a way to beat Toyota in this weekend's Okayama opener after the GR Supra contingent swept the top five on the grid.

Okayama Super GT: TOM'S on pole as Toyota Supras dominate Okayama
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Okayama Super GT: TOM'S on pole as Toyota Supras dominate

Sena Sakaguchi put the TOM’S Toyota team on pole position for the 2021 SUPER GT season opener at Okayama, as Toyota GR Supras locked out the top five spots on the grid.

Honda braced for "tougher" battle against Toyota in 2021

Honda says it is braced for a "tougher" battle against Toyota in the second year of competition for its front-engined NSX-GT in the 2021 SUPER GT season.

Super GT returns to Motorsport.tv for the 2021 season
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Super GT returns to Motorsport.tv for the 2021 season

International live coverage of Japan's SUPER GT series returns to Motorsport.tv for the 2021 season, which begins this weekend in Okayama.

The big questions ahead of the 2021 Super GT season
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The big questions ahead of the 2021 Super GT season

There may be no new cars in SUPER GT's top class this year, but there have been several key developments behind the scenes that could make the 2021 season even more thrilling than last year's campaign, as Jamie Klein explains.

De Oliveira wants full ban on no-tyre change GT300 stops

Joao Paulo de Oliveira says he would like to see SUPER GT organisers prevent GT300 teams from executing no-tyre change pitstops for the entire 2021 season.

Kovalainen hails best winter since Super GT title year

Ex-Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen says he has enjoyed his best preparation to a SUPER GT season since his title-winning campaign in 2016.

Super GT doesn't need 'Indy-style' race starts - Baguette

SUPER GT doesn’t need to adopt Indy-style race starts to spice up the show, says Honda GT500 race winner Bertrand Baguette following a trial run in the Fuji pre-season test last month.

How does Yamamoto stack up against Japan's greats?

Naoki Yamamoto's haul of five titles across Super Formula and SUPER GT mark him out as statistically the most successful driver in Japan's top two series in recent years. But can he really be considered the equal of past legends?

"Big changes" pay dividends for Rookie Racing at Fuji

Toyota SUPER GT driver Kazuya Oshima was left encouraged by "big changes" made to the Rookie Racing GR Supra in last weekend's Fuji Speedway pre-season test.

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.

New Michelin tyre "worth a few tenths" for Nissan

Ronnie Quintarelli says a new spec of Michelin tyre introduced for last weekend's SUPER GT pre-season test at Fuji Speedway has boosted the works Nissan by as much as "a few tenths".

Fenestraz, Makino forced to miss Super GT opener

Sacha Fenestraz and Tadasuke Makino will both miss next weekend’s opening round of the new SUPER GT season at Okayama following their absence from pre-season testing.

Nissan tops rain-hit final day of Super GT testing

The works NISMO Nissan GT-R set the pace on a rain-hit final day of SUPER GT pre-season testing at Fuji Speedway.

TOM'S Toyota fastest on first day of Fuji Super GT test

TOM'S newcomer Sho Tsuboi put Toyota at the head of the times on the opening day of SUPER GT's final pre-season test at Fuji Speedway.

Makino waiting to be in "perfect condition" for comeback

Honda driver Tadasuke Makino will not return to the cockpit until he is in “perfect condition” following his illness, according to his Super Formula team boss.

Toyota's 'new' Super GT team facing same old problems

Now independent from Cerumo, Toyota outfit Rookie Racing goes into its second year of SUPER GT competition facing similar issues to the ones that blunted its 2020 title challenge.

De Oliveira concerned by increased Supra GT300 count

Joao Paulo de Oliveira believes he and his Kondo Racing SUPER GT team face a tough GT300 title defence this year owing to the increase in Toyota GR Supras in the field for 2021.

Nissan, Michelin grappling with cold-track weakness

Nissan faces a "critical" first couple of races in the 2021 SUPER GT season as Michelin continues to battle its weakness in cold conditions, says Ronnie Quintarelli.

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.

Kunimitsu Honda fastest overall in Suzuka testing

Team Kunimitsu concluded this week's private SUPER GT test at Suzuka with the fastest time overall, heading up an all-Honda top three.

Dunlop test speed shows it's "in the game" - Baguette

The Okayama SUPER GT pre-season test has confirmed that Dunlop will have two cars "in the game" in 2021, according to Bertrand Baguette.

Honda on top as Super GT testing continues at Suzuka

Private SUPER GT testing continues at Suzuka this week, with the majority of the GT500 class in action at the Japanese Grand Prix venue.

Mugen adapting to "completely different" Dunlop tyre

Mugen Honda SUPER GT driver Ukyo Sasahara says the Dunlop tyres the team are racing with this season are "completely different" to the Yokohamas it used previously.

Nissan "has a chance" at Okayama, says Matsushita

Nissan "has a chance" to fight against rival SUPER GT marques Honda and Toyota in the opening round of the new season at Okayama, believes Nobuharu Matsushita.

Kovalainen: SARD carrying momentum into new season

Heikki Kovalainen says the SARD Toyota team's strong late-2020 momentum has carried into this year after ending Okayama SUPER GT pre-season testing with the fastest time.

Gallery: Super GT's class of 2021 gathers at Okayama

SUPER GT held its first official pre-season test this weekend at the Okayama International Circuit, marking the first time that the 2021 grid shared a track. Check out the best images from the test with our gallery.

TOM’S admits Fenestraz could miss Super GT opener

Sacha Fenestraz is in danger of missing the opening round of the SUPER GT season amid his current travel woes, admits his TOM’S Toyota team.

Kovalainen fastest as Okayama Super GT test ends

Heikki Kovalainen put the SARD Toyota team at the top of the timesheets on the second and final day of SUPER GT's official pre-season testing at Okayama.

Alesi: Japan offered best opportunity after F2 exit

Giuliano Alesi says Japan offered him the best opportunity to pursue a career in professional motorsport after a two-year stint in Formula 2 where he “didn’t even have a chance” to win.

Mugen Honda tops first day of Okayama Super GT test

Honda young gun Toshiki Oyu topped the timesheets on the opening day of SUPER GT pre-season testing at Okayama at the wheel of Team Mugen's NSX-GT.

All you need to know ahead of Super GT pre-season testing

The SUPER GT season kicks into gear this weekend with the start of official pre-season testing at Okayama. Jamie Klein summarises everything you need to know ahead of the new campaign.

Makino sits out Okayama Super GT pre-season test

Honda driver Tadasuke Makino will sit out this weekend's SUPER GT pre-season test at Okayama as he continues his recovery from illness.

Mugen reveals special black Red Bull test livery

Honda SUPER GT squad Mugen has revealed a new special black livery for pre-season testing, while also confirming its switch to Dunlop tyres for the 2021 season.

Cerumo recruits Kovalainen's title-winning engineer

The Cerumo Toyota SUPER GT team has recruited title-winning chief engineer Kotaro Tanaka for the 2021 season.

Baguette: No qualms about being 'Cerumo of Honda'

Bertrand Baguette believes that he and Real Racing teammate Koudai Tsukakoshi remain a match for any of Honda's other SUPER GT driver pairings featuring younger drivers, ahead of his third season with the team.

How an Indy 500 'nearly man' found a home in Japan Prime

How an Indy 500 'nearly man' found a home in Japan

Having come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, having already had the door to Formula 1 slammed in his face, Bertrand Baguette finally found a stable home in Japan with Honda. Ahead of his eighth season as a SUPER GT driver, he looks back on his career so far with Jamie Klein.

Alesi joins Super GT test as Sakaguchi replaces Fenestraz

Giuliano Alesi will make his first SUPER GT appearance at the Okayama pre-season test next month, while Sena Sakaguchi will replace the absent Sacha Fenestraz at TOM’S.

Parsons targets Super GT return alongside Mercedes deal

Japan-domiciled Australian racer Jake Parsons will contest the 2021 Super Taikyu season with the 5Zigen team, and is targeting a return to SUPER GT later in the year.

Subaru officially uncovers new BRZ Super GT challenger

Subaru has officially revealed the next-generation BRZ with which it will tackle the GT300 class of this year's SUPER GT season.

Remembering Super GT's one-off foray into America

The idea of SUPER GT racing in the United States today seems so ambitious as to be bordering on the absurd. But the series’ forerunner did just that back in 2004 with a one-off exhibition event at Fontana.

Thailand Super GT team clarifies Alesi situation

Giuliano Alesi is still on course to race for Toyota Team Thailand in SUPER GT this year, despite not appearing on this week's entry list.

Fenestraz set to miss Okayama Super GT pre-season test

TOM’S Toyota driver Sacha Fenestraz is set to miss next month's Okayama official SUPER GT pre-season test due to Japan’s ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions.

Super GT reveals 44-car entry list for 2021 season

A entry list comprising a total of 44 cars has been revealed for the 2021 SUPER GT season.

Ferrari brand returns to Super GT with Pacific Racing

Ferrari returns to SUPER GT after an absence of three seasons this year thanks to a new tie-up between Pacific Racing and CarGuy Racing.

Sugo escapes damage as earthquake hits northern Japan

The Sugo track in northern Japan has reported it has escaped damage from the earthquake that struck the country on Saturday night.

Drago Corse seals Super GT grid spot with new backer

Drago Corse has secured a return to the SUPER GT grid for the 2021 season with a new backer to replace Modulo.