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BMW won't enter Super GT just to keep DTM cars running

BMW has ruled out fielding its Class One-spec DTM cars in Japan’s SUPER GT series next season, even if the German series stops using the ruleset.

Honda: Real Racing has found new NSX-GT's "sweet spot"

Honda says that the SUPER GT points-leading Real Racing squad has found the "sweet spot" of the manufacturer's new front-engined NSX-GT.

Why Nissan’s new Z car could be its next GT500 challenger

In taking the covers off its Z Proto concept car, Nissan may have provided us with a first glimpse of its next-generation SUPER GT car.

Motegi podium provides Mugen Honda "morale boost"

The Mugen Honda team's first SUPER GT podium finish in 18 years in last weekend's Motegi race will provide an important "morale boost" going forward, believes Hideki Mutoh.

Nissan's Hiramine can't understand Impul's Motegi collapse

Nissan driver Kazuki Hiramine says he can't explain the Impul team's failure to score points in last weekend's Motegi SUPER GT round, having run as high as fourth prior to the pitstops.

Breaking down the clash of the TOM’S teammates at Motegi

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.

De Oliveira "sad" rival Nissan team appealed for penalty

Joao Paulo de Oliveira says he finds it "sad" a rival Nissan team informed SUPER GT stewards about a pitstop infraction that led to his Kondo Racing squad being handed a post-race penalty at Motegi.

Motegi Super GT: Real Honda pair dominate fraught race

Real Racing Honda drivers Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi scored their second SUPER GT win in three ways with a commanding drive in a frenetic Motegi race.

Super GT to allow limited number of spectators at Fuji

Up to 5,000 spectators per day will be permitted to attend the fifth round of the 2020 SUPER GT season at Fuji in October.

Bandoh Toyota drivers insist pole was possible in dry

Bandoh Toyota drivers Yuji Kunimoto and Ritomo Miyata are convinced that they could have taken pole for this weekend's Motegi SUPER GT round if it had stayed dry in the second part of qualifying.

Real Honda has rediscovered winning form - Baguette

Real Racing Honda driver Bertrand Baguette believes the team has the potential to take a second SUPER GT win of the season this weekend at Motegi after solving a "big" set-up issue.

Motegi Super GT: Cerumo Toyota survives investigation for pole

Cerumo Toyota drivers Yuji Tachikawa and Hiroaki Ishiura secured pole position for this weekend's Motegi SUPER GT round in damp conditions.

ARTA “really needs” Motegi win to keep title hopes alive

The ARTA Honda team “really needs” a victory in this weekend’s SUPER GT race at Motegi to stay in the championship fight, says Nirei Fukuzumi.

Nissan was too "conservative" before Suzuka breakthrough

Nissan admits it was overly "conservative" in the first two rounds of the SUPER GT season and its Suzuka success was a result of it going "all-out" with its revised GT-R contender.

Kovalainen philosophical about lost Super GT podium

Heikki Kovalainen has described losing a possible podium finish on his SUPER GT return at Suzuka as "a bit annoying", but says his first weekend back with the SARD Toyota team was "positive".

Five takeaways from Super GT's return to Suzuka

After two races at Fuji Speedway, SUPER GT's trip to Suzuka for the third round of the season turned the established form book on its head. Jamie Klein looks at the main talking points from an action-packed race.

Honda's Yamamoto has mixed feelings after Suzuka podium

Honda SUPER GT driver Naoki Yamamoto has admitted to mixed feelings after scoring his first podium of the 2020 season for at Suzuka.

Points-leading Toyota crew in disbelief at Suzuka podium

Toyota's SUPER GT points leaders Sacha Fenestraz and Yuhi Sekiguchi were left in disbelief at finishing on the podium in last weekend's Suzuka race with the heaviest car in the field.

Quintarelli explains pit call that sealed Nissan Suzuka win

Ronnie Quintarelli believes that a last-second pit strategy deviation was key to he and Nissan teammate Tsugio Matsuda’s first SUPER GT win in two years at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super GT: NISMO pair take first win since 2018

Nissan drivers Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda took their first SUPER GT in two years in a thrilling third round of the season at Suzuka.

Why Suzuka is a "must-win" for Toyota's 'Fuji masters'

Cerumo Toyota pair Hiroaki Ishiura and Yuji Tachikawa have an enviable SUPER GT record at Fuji Speedway. So why was the #38 car shown up by its fellow GR Supras in the first two races of 2020?

Nakajima pole no surprise, say rival Honda drivers

Nakajima Racing’s first SUPER GT pole in eight years does not come as a surprise according to two of the team’s former drivers now driving for rival Honda squads.

Suzuka Super GT: Nakajima Honda gets first pole since 2012

The Nakajima Racing Honda squad secured its first SUPER GT pole position in eight years in scorching temperatures at Suzuka.

Kovalainen faces “big challenge” on Super GT return

Heikki Kovalainen says he “doesn’t know what to expect” from his first SUPER GT race in nine months, as he rejoins the SARD Toyota squad for this weekend’s Suzuka round.

The Japan-based Aussie racer you've never heard of

Plenty of Australian drivers get the chance to try their hand in various overseas categories, but while most aim for success in Formula 1 or IndyCar, Jake Parsons is forging a very different path for himself as he tries to establish himself in Japan's top racing series.

Honda NSX-GT struggling in dirty air, say Kunimitsu pair

Honda's NSX-GT SUPER GT contender is still struggling in dirty air despite its clear one-lap prowess, say Team Kunimitsu drivers Naoki Yamamoto and Tadasuke Makino.

Super GT performs U-turn on GT300 pitstop rules

SUPER GT's GT300 teams will no longer be forced to change all four tyres during their mandatory pitstops from next weekend's Suzuka round.

De Oliveira had to give up ByKolles Le Mans seat

SUPER GT driver Joao Paulo de Oliveira would have driven in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours for the ByKolles LMP1 team without the travel restrictions introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sixth was the limit for Nissan at Fuji, says Hiramine

Sixth place was the limit in last weekend's second Fuji SUPER GT race for Nissan, according to Impul driver Kazuki Hiramine.

Cassidy: Engine woes behind gap to sister TOM'S car

Nick Cassidy says that engine issues for the #37 car were behind the gap in performance between the two TOM'S Toyotas in last weekend's second SUPER GT round at Fuji Speedway.

Baguette elated by Fuji win in "super-tough" situation

Honda driver Bertrand Baguette says his first SUPER GT victory in three years is made more significant by the "super-tough" circumstances of not knowing when he'll see his family again.

Kovalainen to make Super GT return at Suzuka

Heikki Kovalainen will return to SUPER GT action for this month’s third round of the season at Suzuka after successfully gaining re-entry to Japan.

Fuji Super GT: Real Racing gives new Honda first win

Honda scored the first SUPER GT victory with its new front-engined NSX-GT in the second round of the season at Fuji Speedway, as Real Racing earned its first win for more than two years.

Fukuzumi "happy but disappointed" after Fuji Q1 error

ARTA Honda driver Nirei Fukuzumi says he is "happy and disappointed" following his qualifying error that nearly cost his team a shot at pole position for this weekend's second Fuji SUPER GT race.

Nissan now has “no excuses” after poor Fuji opener

Ronnie Quintarelli says there are “no more excuses” for Nissan in this weekend’s second Fuji SUPER GT round after a disappointing start to the year for the brand.

Fuji Super GT: ARTA leads Honda front row lockout

Honda secured a front row lockout for the second round of the 2020 SUPER GT season at Fuji Speedway, as Tomoki Nojiri took pole for the ARTA squad.

Second Fuji race will be "massively" different to opener

A combination of success ballast and hotter temperatures will make this weekend's second Fuji SUPER GT race "massively different" to the season opener, believes TOM'S driver Nick Cassidy.

Super GT to return to Malaysia, Thailand in 2021

Japan’s SUPER GT has announced the calendar for the 2021 season, with both overseas races in Thailand and Malaysia making a return.

Why there’s little new about Toyota’s ‘new’ Super GT team

In the SUPER GT season opener at Fuji Speedway last month, Toyota’s ‘new’ GT500 team scored a podium first time out – but scratch beneath the surface and there’s not much new about Rookie Racing.

Super GT bans GT300 no-tyre change pitstops

SUPER GT has moved to ban no-tyre change pitstops in the GT300 class for next weekend's second round of the season at Fuji Speedway.

Super GT returns to conventional schedule for Round 2

SUPER GT will return to a conventional two-day schedule for next weekend's second round of the 2020 season at Fuji Speedway.

Toyota engine "in another dimension", says Yamamoto

Naoki Yamamoto says Toyota is in “another dimension” with its SUPER GT engine compared to Honda after the new GR Supra dominated the season opener at Fuji Speedway.

SARD calls up new driver to replace absent Kovalainen

The SARD Toyota team has called up Sena Sakaguchi to replace Heikki Kovalainen for next weekend's second round of the SUPER GT season at Fuji Speedway.

Yamashita "made up" for missing Kovalainen at Fuji

Reigning SUPER GT champion Kenta Yamashita made up for the absence of regular SARD Toyota driver Heikki Kovalainen in last weekend's Fuji race, feels team boss Juichi Wakisaka.

Super GT committed to Class One despite DTM uncertainty

SUPER GT remains committed to the Class One platform for the foreseeable future despite the DTM’s anticipated move to GT3 cars in 2021, according to the boss of the Japanese racing series.

Nissan's Chiyo reflects on troubled debut for new GT-R

Nissan doesn't have enough knowledge of its new-for-2020 GT-R yet to be a real threat to rival SUPER GT manufacturers Honda and Toyota, believes Katsumasa Chiyo.

Honda drivers "really shocked" by Supra race pace

Two of Honda's leading SUPER GT drivers have declared themselves "surprised" and "shocked" by the race pace advantage shown by Toyota in the Fuji season opener.

Five takeaways from the Fuji Super GT curtain-raiser

SUPER GT roared back into life with an action-packed first round of the delayed 2020 season at Fuji Speedway. Jamie Klein looks back at some of the main talking points of the weekend.

Rookie Fenestraz "surprised" to keep up with Yamamoto

Sacha Fenestraz admits he was "surprised" he could keep up with Honda driver Naoki Yamamoto on his first outing as a Toyota GT500 driver in Sunday's Fuji SUPER GT race.

Cassidy explains "easiest" Super GT win, Supra domination

Nick Cassidy believes that tyre selection was the key to the dominance of the #37 TOM'S car and Toyota generally in Sunday's SUPER GT season opener at Fuji Speedway.

Fuji Super GT: Cassidy, Hirakawa win on Supra debut

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.

Fuji Super GT: Toyota takes surprise pole for 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.

Fuji Super GT: Makino tops practice for Honda

Ex-Formula 2 racer Tadasuke Makino set the pace in the Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT on the opening day of practice for the 2020 SUPER GT season at Fuji Speedway.

Why pacesetter Honda still sees itself as "challenger"

Honda may have swept the board in SUPER GT pre-season testing, but it still doesn’t see itself as favourite ahead of this weekend’s opening round at Fuji Speedway.

Gallery: Super GT gears up for action at Fuji

Check out the best images from set-up day for the opening round of the 2020 SUPER GT season at Fuji Speedway.

Ten big questions ahead of the new Super GT season

This weekend marks the beginning of the long-delayed 2020 SUPER GT season at Fuji Speedway, as well as a new era for the Japanese championship. Jamie Klein looks at all the big talking points ahead of this weekend's action.

Cassidy replaces Bird at Virgin FE team for 2020/21

Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy will join Envision Virgin Racing for the 2020/21 Formula E season, replacing the Jaguar-bound Sam Bird.

Honda’s Fukuzumi "worried" about GT500 debut

Honda SUPER GT driver Nirei Fukuzumi admits he feels “pretty worried" ahead of his first race outing in the NSX-GT as he steps up to the GT500 class.

Aston Martin's Thiim forced to miss Super GT opener

Aston Martin factory driver Nicki Thiim will not be able to take up his seat with the D'station Racing team when the SUPER GT season commences at Fuji Speedway this weekend.

Who gains from Super GT's Fuji-centric calendar?

Every category of motorsport is facing an unusual 2020 campaign as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but none more so than SUPER GT.