On Monday, one of Super GT’s hottest rising stars signed a new sponsorship deal with a top watchmaker in motorsport – as Yuhi Sekiguchi, driver of the #19 WedsSport Advan Lexus RC-F for Racing Project Bandoh, is now sponsored by BRM Chronographes.
Sekiguchi is in the midst of a breakout season in Japanese motorsport, emerging as the lead driver for the WedsSport Bandoh team in Super GT’s top division, while also scoring his first Super Formula podium in July at Fuji Speedway.
Currently, Sekiguchi and his WedsSport co-driver Yuji Kunimoto are twelfth in the GT500 drivers’ championship. The 28-year-old Sekiguchi is in his first season as the team’s lead driver, taking over from Juichi Wakisaka.
His best result of the season was a fourth place at Sportsland Sugo, where during his opening stint, he climbed from 14th on the grid to as high as 2nd in just over twenty laps.
BRM (Bernard Richards Manufacture) is a French luxury watchmaker founded in 2003, that has been prominently involved in motorsport through sponsorship deals of individual drivers, racing series, and circuits alike.
Among the most prolific of BRM-sponsored drivers Sekiguchi joins include: Current IndyCar championship leader Simon Pagenaud, reigning Daytona 24 Hours champion Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani, Mercedes-AMG Blancpain GT driver Jazeman Jaafar, and second-generation British driver Will Palmer (brother of F1 driver Jolyon).
BRM also sponsors the World Series by Renault, which includes the Renault Sport Trophy and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championships, as well as the pro-am 24H Series in Europe.