For now, this is a rumour in its infancy, but it’s one worth tracking – that the Saitama Toyopet GreenBrave team may be coming to Super GT next season with a GT300 Mother Chassis entry.
There’s very little plausible evidence beyond just chatter in the paddock during this weekend’s Super Taikyu Fuji Super-Tec race, but the rumour is that GreenBrave is going to enter a Dome-constructed MC, based on the Toyota Mark X luxury sedan that the team competes with in Super Taikyu’s ST-3 category.
Saitama Toyopet is a prominent chain of Toyota dealerships, operating over 40 shops in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
The racing division, Saitama Toyopet GreenBrave, was founded in 2013, and currently competes in both the ST-3 and ST-4 classes of Super Taikyu, as well as the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, and the 86/BRZ Race series.
Their current driver roster in Super Taikyu includes three-time GT500 champion Juichi Wakisaka, his younger brother Shigekazu, as well as 2011 GT300 champion Taku Bamba, and 1996 GT500 runner-up Naoki Hattori.
The company’s involvement in racing even extends as far as North America, where they sponsored second-generation NASCAR prospect Ross Kenseth in a one-off deal.
The rear-wheel drive Mark X sedan is the latest in a line of cars that has quite a racing lineage in Japan: Its predecessor, the Toyota Chaser, was a dominant car in the final years of the Japanese Touring Car Championship (JTCC), and remains a popular vehicle for drift drivers to this day.
To re-emphasize, this is only a faint rumour for now, but this team would make a great addition to what is already an incredible GT300 class – if they do decide to make the jump.