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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.

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.

SUPER GT wants to reduce GT300-rules cars' cornering speed

SUPER GT chairman Masaaki Bandoh has suggested that the cornering speeds of GT300-spec cars will be pegged back as part of the series’ Balance of Performance system in the future.

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.

SUPER GT unlikely to return to Thailand, Malaysia next year

SUPER GT is unlikely to race outside of Japan in 2023, with GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh saying that it still remains "difficult" to hold events in Thailand and Malaysia.

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.

SARD boss concedes Sekiguchi triggered huge Fuji SUPER GT crash Fuji
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SARD boss concedes Sekiguchi triggered huge Fuji SUPER GT crash

SARD Toyota chief Juichi Wakisaka admits that Yuhi Sekiguchi's “dangerous” manoeuvre triggered the massive crash for Nissan driver Mitsunori Takaboshi in Wednesday’s 450km SUPER GT race at Fuji.

Fuji SUPER GT: ARTA Honda wins bizarre, crash-shortened race Fuji
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Fuji SUPER GT: ARTA Honda wins bizarre, crash-shortened race

ARTA Honda was declared the winner of SUPER GT’s Fuji 450km Golden Week race that was overshadowed by a terrifying crash for Nissan driver Mitsunori Takaboshi.

Fuji SUPER GT red-flagged again after horrifying Nissan accident Fuji
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Fuji SUPER GT red-flagged again after horrifying Nissan accident

The Fuji 450km SUPER GT race has been red-flagged for the second time following a horrific incident for Nissan driver Mitsunori Takaboshi on lap 58 at the start/finish straight.

Fuji SUPER GT red-flagged after major Mercedes crash Fuji
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Fuji SUPER GT red-flagged after major Mercedes crash

SUPER GT has red-flagged the Fuji 450km Golden Week race after 49 of 100 laps to allow for barrier repairs following a hefty crash for a GT300 Mercedes.

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.

Fuji SUPER GT: Bandoh Toyota on pole for Golden Week enduro Fuji
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Fuji SUPER GT: Bandoh Toyota on pole for Golden Week enduro

Sena Sakaguchi put the Racing Project Bandoh Toyota team on pole position for Wednesday’s Golden Week SUPER GT race at Fuji Speedway, with Kondo Racing making it a front row lock-out for Yokohama.

Watch both SUPER GT and WEC on Motorsport.tv this week

Motorsport.tv subscribers will be treated to a feast of sportscar racing action this week, with both SUPER GT and the FIA World Endurance Championship resuming battle.

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.

Fuji 450km SUPER GT – schedule, how to watch, entry list Fuji
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Fuji 450km SUPER GT – schedule, how to watch, entry list

SUPER GT continues its 2022 season on Tuesday and Wednesday with its traditional Golden Week fixture at Fuji Speedway, the first of three 450km races this year. Here's how you can follow all the action.

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 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.

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.

Nissan coy on Fuji chances despite "good start" at Okayama

Nissan remains cautious on its prospects of scoring a first SUPER GT victory for its Z GT500 challenger despite getting its 2022 campaign off to a “good start” at Okayama.

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.

Okayama SUPER GT: Rookie Toyota wins thrilling opener Okayama
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Okayama SUPER GT: Rookie Toyota wins thrilling opener

Rookie Racing delivered Toyota victory in a thrilling opening SUPER GT race of the 2022 season at Okayama, as NISMO gave the new Nissan Z GT500 a podium on its debut.

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.

Nissan Z qualifying showing hampered by "safe" tyre choice

Nissan SUPER GT driver Ronnie Quintarelli admits a "safe" tyre choice compromised the marque's qualifying showing at Okayama with the new Z, as he and NISMO teammate Tsugio Matsuda qualified ninth.

Okayama SUPER GT: Toyota locks out front row for season opener Okayama
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Okayama SUPER GT: Toyota locks out front row for season opener

Toyota locked out the front row of the grid for the opening round of the 2022 SUPER GT season at Okayama, with Kazuya Oshima claiming pole position in the Rookie Racing GR Supra.

Gallery: More liveries revealed ahead of Okayama SUPER GT opener

SUPER GT gets its 2022 season underway this weekend at Okayama, with the final few hitherto unseen liveries on display on Friday.

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 will the 'Z factor' impact SUPER GT's 2022 title fight?

The 2022 SUPER GT season kicks off this weekend at Okayama, and the arrival of the Nissan Z has only lended extra intrigue to what should be another sensational fight between Japan's 'big three'. Jamie Klein is your guide to the season ahead.

Okayama SUPER GT – schedule, how to watch, entry list

SUPER GT will kick off its 2022 season with a visit to the fast and furious Okayama International Circuit this weekend. Here's how you can follow all the action.

De Oliveira: Moves to slow GT300-rules cars "not unexpected"

Moves to slow SUPER GT's GT300-rules cars ahead of the 2022 season are welcome but "not unexpected" according to Kondo Racing's Joao Paulo de Oliveira.

Quintarelli not ready to retire: 'As long as I'm in my 40s...'

Four-time SUPER GT champion Ronnie Quintarelli says he can see himself racing in the series for at least another five or six years before retiring. 

Team Kunimitsu reveals livery for 2022 SUPER GT season

Team Kunimitsu has revealed the livery for its Honda NSX-GT for the 2022 SUPER GT season ahead of this week's opener at Okayama.

BMW's Farfus gets all-clear for Okayama SUPER GT opener

BMW has confirmed that factory driver Augusto Farfus will take up his seat with Team Studie for next weekend's opening round of the SUPER GT season at Okayama.

Watch both Super Formula and SUPER GT live on Motorsport.tv

Both of Japan's two premier racing categories, Super Formula and SUPER GT, will be shown live this season on Motorsport.tv with English commentary.

Nissan will consider Baguette for future NISMO drive

Nissan has said that Bertrand Baguette is among the candidates for a future seat at its flagship NISMO SUPER GT team following his move from Honda.

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.

GT300-rules cars slowed for Okayama SUPER GT opener

SUPER GT's GT300-rules cars have been slowed in relation to their FIA GT3 rivals according to the Balance of Performance for next weekend's Okayama season opener.

SUPER GT reveals 42-car entry list for Okayama opener

SUPER GT has revealed a 42-car entry list for the opening round of the 2022 season at Okayama next weekend.

Impul Nissan could have race pace edge over NISMO cars

Team Impul's Nissan Z showed a race pace advantage over the marque's two factory NISMO-operated cars in last weekend's Fuji pre-season test, says Bertrand Baguette.

Is Rookie Racing mega-factory an ominous sign for its rivals?

When Super Formula and SUPER GT made their annual visits to Fuji Speedway for pre-season testing this March, there was a major new landmark near the circuit entrance.

Pacific Ferrari can fight for SUPER GT wins after "big" step

Pacific CarGuy Racing is now in a position to fight for wins in SUPER GT's GT300 class with its Ferrari 488 Evo GT3 after topping last weekend's Fuji pre-season test, says Kei Cozzolino.

Matsushita bullish for Okayama: "We can be top three easily"

Honda driver Nobuharu Matsushita feels he can "easily" finish inside the top three in the opening round of the new SUPER GT season next month at Okayama following a strong winter of testing with Real Racing.

Nissan Z hits magic 300km/h mark in Fuji SUPER GT test

Nissan's hopes of a more competitive showing at Fuji Speedway in SUPER GT this year were boosted as one of the brand-new Z machines clocked 300km/h (186.4mph) in the speed traps in last weekend's pre-season test.

SARD Toyota concludes Fuji SUPER GT test on top

The SARD Toyota team concluded the final day of SUPER GT pre-season testing at Fuji Speedway with the fastest time courtesy of Yuhi Sekiguchi.

Dunlop puzzled by dramatic Mugen puncture at Fuji

Dunlop says its has no firm answers for the dramatic puncture suffered by the Mugen Honda squad during SUPER GT pre-season testing at Fuji Speedway.

TOM'S, Tsuboi continue perfect SUPER GT testing run at Fuji

Toyota and TOM'S topped the opening day of SUPER GT's Fuji Speedway pre-season test, with Sho Tsuboi continuing his perfect record of fastest times during official running this winter.

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.

TOM'S #37 drivers unfazed by sister car's testing pace

TOM'S Toyota SUPER GT duo Ritomo Miyata and Sacha Fenestraz say they are not concerned by the apparent deficit they faced to the sister #36 machine during Okayama pre-season testing.