De Oliveira to defend Super GT GT300 title with Nissan
Joao Paulo de Oliveira will remain in SUPER GT's GT300 class this year to defend his title with Nissan partner team Kondo Racing.
The Brazilian will continue his partnership with Kiyoto Fujinami at the wheel of Kondo's Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 after the pair won the championship in their first season as teammates.
It will be de OIiveira's third season in the GT300 ranks after being dropped from Nissan's GT500 roster at the end of the 2018 season.
Fujinami had been tipped for a potential promotion to the top class for this year but ultimately missed out following an audition at Fuji Speedway in December.
Also part of that evaluation test were Keishi Ishikawa and Hironobu Yasuda, both of whom will likewise remain in the GT300 ranks with Nissan squad Gainer.
In an unchanged line-up in both Gainer cars, Ishikawa is joined in the #10 entry by Kazuki Hoshino, while Yasuda once again teams up with Katsuyuki Hiranaka in the #11 car.
One significant change however is that both of the team's cars will be on Dunlop tyres, with the #10 having previously used Yokohamas. The Kondo car, which will again carry the #56 this year, continues to use Yokohama rubber.
Two more Nissan GT-Rs will appear on the GT300 grid, with NILZZ Racing and RUNUP (formerly Tomei Sports) campaigning a single car each. Yuki Tanaka and Taiyou Iida return for NILZZ, while Takayuki Aoki, Atsushi Tanaka and newcomer Yudai Uchida share duties for RUNUP.
Nissan's announcement of its GT300 partner team line-ups made no mention of Jann Mardenborough, who has been axed from the marque's GT500 roster for 2021.
Yanagida switches to Arnage
Earlier this week, it was announced that Masataka Yanagida will be joining Masaki Kano at the wheel of Arnage Racing's Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the new season.
Two-time GT500 champion Yanagida had been left without a drive following the merger of his previous team, Cars Tokai Dream28, with Inging Motorsport.
Kano raced with three different teammates last year, failing to score points all year, although he did finish 11th in the Fuji Speedway season finale alongside Hideto Yasuoka.
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GT300 teams and drivers so far:
|2||Inging & Cars Tokai Dream28||Lotus Evora MC||Bridgestone||
|4||Goodsmile Racing with Team Ukyo||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Yokohama||
|6||Team LeMans with Motoyama Racing||Audi R8 LMS||Yokohama||
|10||Gainer||Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3||Dunlop||
|11||Gainer||Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3||Dunlop||
|18||Team UpGarage||Honda NSX GT3||Yokohama||
|25||Team Tsuchiya||Porsche 911 GT3 R||Yokohama||
|30||apr||Toyota Prius GHV GR Sport||Yokohama||
|31||apr||Toyota Prius GHV GR Sport||Bridgestone||
|35||Team Thailand||Lexus RC F GT3||Yokohama||
|48||NILZZ Racing||Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3||Yokohama||
|50||Arnage Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Yokohama||
|52||Saitama Toyopet Green Brave||Toyota GR Supra GT300||Bridgestone||
|55||ARTA||Honda NSX GT3||Bridgestone||
|56||Kondo Racing||Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3||Yokohama||
Joao Paulo de Oliveira
|60||LM Corsa||Toyota GR Supra GT300||Dunlop||
|61||R&D Sport||Subaru BRZ (2021)||Dunlop||
|65||LEON Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Bridgestone||
|96||K-Tunes Racing (LM Corsa)||Lexus RC F GT3||Dunlop||
|244||Max Racing||Toyota GR Supra GT300||Yokohama||
|360||RUNUP (Tomei Sports)||Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3||Yokohama||
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