Former Porsche Carrera Cup Japan champion and two-time Super Taikyu champion Yuya Motojima will drive the #33 D’station Porsche 911 GT3-R at the following two rounds of the Autobacs Super GT Series, the team confirmed in a press release today.
The 26-year old will replace the injured former champion André Couto, who himself was set to replace the absent rookie Sven Müller, this weekend at Sportsland SUGO and again on August 5-6 at Fuji International Speedway for the Fuji GT 300km Race.
Motojima has eight career Super GT races to his name, the most recent coming in May when he drove the #87 Shop Channel Lamborghini Huracán GT3 for Team JLOC to a fourth-place finish, a career best for the Fukuoka native.
Motojima was 17th in last year’s GT300 Drivers’ Championship driving for Team Taisan SARD. In 2015, he won the Porsche Carrera Cup of Japan with 9 race wins from 10 entries, and he also won the ST-X championship with Endless Sports in Super Taikyu the same year, followed by the ST-4 class championship with the same team in 2016.
For his performance last year, Motojima was selected as a finalist for the inaugural Shingo Tachi Memorial Award, given to the most outstanding first-year driver in Super GT as decided on by Super GT World.
He currently drives for Endless Sports and their Nissan GT-R GT3.
Motojima tested for D’station Racing at a recent semi-private tyre test this past week, in preparation to take over for the injured Couto, who sustained serious back injuries in a violent crash while competing in the China GT Championship. Couto is expected to miss the next three months of racing.
Couto was selected to replace Müller in May, with the German rookie unable to compete in Rounds 3 through 5 due to prior commitments in the ADAC GT Masters Championship in his native country.