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BMW M4 GT3 set to race in SUPER GT next year

Long-time BMW customer team Studie has revealed it plans to race the all-new M4 GT3 in Japan’s SUPER GT series next year.

How Honda prevented another 'Supra festival' at Motegi

After being humbled by Toyota in the opening round of the SUPER GT season at Okayama, Honda faced question marks over its form at its home track at Motegi. But in the end the strength of the NSX-GT averted another 'Supra festival'.

Kovalainen fears pre-season testing form was an "illusion"

Heikki Kovalainen admits he's concerned the SARD Toyota's strong SUPER GT pre-season testing form may have been an "illusion" after managing just one point for 10th last weekend at Motegi.

Nissan can't afford to qualify so badly, says Quintarelli

Nissan can no longer afford to qualify poorly in SUPER GT, Ronnie Quintarelli has stated following another disappointing outing in last weekend's third round of the season at Motegi.

De Oliveira shocked by Kogure’s “violent” move at Motegi

Nissan GT300 ace Joao Paulo de Oliveira has expressed his surprise at being eliminated from Sunday’s Motegi SUPER GT round by what he feels was a “violent move” from the JLOC Lamborghini of Takashi Kogure.

SUPER GT 2022 schedule won't feature overseas races

SUPER GT will not attempt to run any overseas races in 2022, with the series set for an entirely Japan-based calendar for a third year in a row.

Miyata "happy to be frustrated" with Motegi SUPER GT defeat Motegi
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Miyata "happy to be frustrated" with Motegi SUPER GT defeat

Toyota SUPER GT driver Ritomo Miyata says he is "happy to be frustrated" about Racing Project Bandoh's narrow defeat to Naoki Yamamoto and Team Kunimitsu in Sunday's Motegi race.

Motegi SUPER GT: Yamamoto holds off Miyata to win for Honda Motegi
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Motegi SUPER GT: Yamamoto holds off Miyata to win for Honda

Kunimitsu Honda duo Naoki Yamamoto and Tadasuke Makino claimed their first SUPER GT victory of the 2021 SUPER GT season at Motegi after Yamamoto resisted the advances of Toyota’s Ritomo Miyata.

Yamamoto back to "champion-like" form with Motegi pole

Honda driver Naoki Yamamoto says he was finally able to give a "champion-like" performance in qualifying for this weekend's Motegi SUPER GT round after scoring a first pole in three years for Team Kunimitsu.

Motegi SUPER GT: Yamamoto puts Kunimitsu Honda on pole Motegi
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Motegi SUPER GT: Yamamoto puts Kunimitsu Honda on pole

Naoki Yamamoto delivered the Kunimitsu Honda squad its first SUPER GT pole position in nearly three years at Motegi, beating Toyota outfit Bandoh in Saturday’s qualifying.

Points-leading Toyota now facing “crucial” SUPER GT races Motegi
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Points-leading Toyota now facing “crucial” SUPER GT races

The SUPER GT championship-leading Rookie Racing Toyota crew is now facing a series of “crucial” races following its dream start to the season, says Kenta Yamashita.

Can Toyota break Honda's SUPER GT stronghold at Motegi?

After a break of nearly 11 weeks, SUPER GT is finally back in action this weekend for its third round of the season at Motegi. But will Honda's 2020 dominance at the track continue, or is Toyota poised to strike back?

The car Subaru hopes will end an 18-year title wait

After missing out on last year’s SUPER GT GT300 title, Subaru has introduced an all-new car for the 2021 campaign as it aims for its first major championship title since its WRC heyday.

Pacific Ferrari gets all-pro line-up for Motegi race Motegi
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Pacific Ferrari gets all-pro line-up for Motegi race

Pacific CarGuy Racing will field an all-pro line-up for the next round of the SUPER GT season at Motegi, as former GT300 champion Naoki Yokomizo returns to the series.

Sugo’s new pitlane exit branded “dangerous” by drivers

Sugo’s revised pitlane exit layout has attracted criticism from Super Formula drivers, who have labelled the new design “dangerous”.

The junior driver Honda (probably) regrets letting go of

Toyota youngster Sena Sakaguchi has been making waves in both SUPER GT and Super Formula this year. His performances might be giving his former employer Honda food for thought, says Jamie Klein.

Yokohama sure "catastrophic" 2020 form now behind it

Yokohama is convinced that its SUPER GT race pace has taken a step forward compared to what it labelled as a "catastrophic" 2020 campaign.

Suzuka SUPER GT round to clash with Le Mans 24 Hours

The postponed Suzuka round of the SUPER GT season has been rescheduled for late August, creating a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Long SUPER GT races are great – so let’s have more of them

A pulsating final stint in the Fuji 500km earlier this month has left Jamie Klein wondering how SUPER GT might be able to find ways to recreate that drama more regularly throughout the season.

TOM'S: Sakaguchi could replace Fenestraz for full season

The TOM'S SUPER GT squad admits that replacement driver Sena Sakaguchi may end up replacing Sacha Fenestraz for the entire season in the #37 Toyota GR Supra.

Mardenborough on Super GT: “I will be back for sure”

Jann Mardenborough has declared that he “will be back for sure” in SUPER GT in the future following his surprise dismissal by Nissan at the end of last year.

Super GT postpones Suzuka race amid COVID-19 surge

SUPER GT has announced that the third round of the season at Suzuka has been postponed owing to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the Western part of Japan.

Nissan: Suzuka a 'must-win' race after Fuji engine blow-up

Nissan concedes that this month's third round of the SUPER GT season at Suzuka is a 'must-win' event following a rare engine failure for the manufacturer's flagship NISMO car last week at Fuji Speedway.

Honda concerned by ballasted Toyotas' Fuji speed Fuji
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Honda concerned by ballasted Toyotas' Fuji speed

Honda admits that the speed demonstrated by Toyota's heavier GR Supras in last week's Fuji 500km is a reminder that it still has work to do to get its NSX-GT on level terms.

Super GT drivers unhappy with FCY teething issues

Several top SUPER GT drivers have voiced their unhappiness with teething issues surrounding the introduction of the full-course yellow (FCY) system in this week's Fuji 500km race.

Super GT planning to extend race distances in 2022

GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh has revealed plans to increase the distances of SUPER GT races in 2022 in order to encourage better fuel efficiency.

Baguette admits Real Honda "got lucky" twice at Fuji Fuji
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Baguette admits Real Honda "got lucky" twice at Fuji

Bertrand Baguette admits he and Real Racing Honda teammate Koudai Tsukakoshi got “lucky” twice on their way to victory in SUPER GT’s Fuji 500km round having spent much of the race struggling for pace.

Hirakawa needed "two or three more laps" for Fuji win Fuji
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Hirakawa needed "two or three more laps" for Fuji win

TOM'S Toyota SUPER GT driver Ryo Hirakawa thinks he and Sena Sakaguchi could have won Tuesday's Fuji 500km race had it been "two or three laps longer".

Fukuzumi explains penalty that cost ARTA Fuji 500km win

Nirei Fukuzumi has explained the "unlucky" penalty that cost he and the ARTA Honda SUPER GT team a likely victory in Tuesday's Fuji 500km race.

Fuji Super GT: Real Honda holds on to win after late drama Fuji
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Fuji Super GT: Real Honda holds on to win after late drama

Real Racing Honda duo Koudai Tsukakoshi and Bertrand Baguette held on to take an unlikely SUPER GT victory in a dramatic Fuji 500km Golden Week race on Tuesday.

What to expect from Super GT's longest race in two years

SUPER GT will be holding its first 'long-distance' race since the 2019 season on Tuesday, as the Fuji 500km Golden Week classic makes its return after a year's absence.

Fuji Super GT: Bandoh Toyota claims first pole since 2016 Fuji
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Fuji Super GT: Bandoh Toyota claims first pole since 2016

Toyota SUPER GT team Racing Project Bandoh scored its first pole position since 2016 during qualifying for this week’s Fuji 500km Golden Week race. 

Makino “feeling good” after “struggling” on test return

Reigning SUPER GT champion Tadasuke Makino admits he “really struggled” in a private test at Suzuka last month but is “feeling good” ahead of his return to race action at Fuji Speedway.

Dunlop aiming to attract third GT500 team in Super GT

Dunlop wants to expand its presence further in SUPER GT’s top GT500 class by adding a third car to its roster, according to the tyre manufacturer’s motorsport chief Yoshinao Yasuda.

Super GT gives green light for FCY to be used at Fuji

SUPER GT organisers have given the green light for the Full Course Yellow system to be introduced for next week's Fuji 500km ground following discussions with teams and drivers.

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The Super GT champion shaped by two Toyota rejections

Once seemingly destined for Formula 1, two-time SUPER GT champion Kohei Hirate is determined to prove his worth with Nissan after ending up on the receiving end of not one but two career-changing Toyota rejections.

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.