18-year-old Londoner Daniel Ticktum makes his debut in the Japanese Super Formula Championship this weekend for Red Bull Team Mugen, driving at Sportsland SUGO, the track where seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher made his one and only start in the series way back in 1991.
Further down the paddock, four-time Japanese Top Formula Champion and three-time Super GT GT500 champion, Satoshi Motoyama, is debriefing with his B-Max Racing Team and his driving protegé Katsumasa Chiyo.
Ticktum, the one making his Super Formula debut, had to rebuild his career and his livelihood after being banned for a calendar year and placed on probation for a second for a retaliatory crash with a championship rival in British Formula 4 in 2015. Motoyama, the one who’s now since retired from this championship as an active competitor, can absolutely empathise.
Continue reading Super Formula rookie Ticktum shares a road to redemption with legend Motoyama
Super GT World is proud to share an exclusive in-depth look into Team Mach’s #5 Mach Syaken Toyota MC86, which will compete in the GT300 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series with young drivers Natsu Sakaguchi and Yuya Hiraki.
The Dome-constructed Toyota 86 MC is already a potent challenger in the GT300 class, with its reliable 4.5 litre GTA V8 engine, state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque, and supreme downforce from the bodyshell constructed by Dome Racing.
But some of the Mach Syaken MC86’s improvements in the off-season may be the talk of the Super GT paddock this year – radical and controversial innovations that push the envelope of race car development! What is it that makes this car a potential title contender in 2018?
Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: In-depth with Team Mach’s 2018 challenger!
The 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series’ GT500 class is headlined by the arrival of three world-renowned newcomers to the fastest GT racing category on earth: 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button, FIA World Endurance Championship superstar Kamui Kobayashi, and FIA Formula E Championship contender Felix Rosenqvist.
Button, Kobayashi, and Rosenqvist are all amazing additions to what is already one of the strongest sports car racing grids anywhere on the planet. But in the GT300 category, five more rookie drivers, all from very different racing backgrounds, will embark on their first full-time Super GT campaigns in 2018.
So, for now, and with all respect in the world to the GT500 rookie class who will be spotlighted later on – Super GT World wants to put Jenson Button, Kamui Kobayashi, and Felix Rosenqvist to the side for a brief moment to talk about the five intriguing rookie candidates who will be competing in the GT300 class in 2018.
Continue reading Get to know the 2018 Super GT Rookie Class (not named Jenson, Felix, or Kamui)
Since its introduction in 2014, the Nippon Race Engine (NRE) formula, the two-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engines that power every car in the Autobacs Super GT Series’ GT500 class, have been a roaring success – reliable, efficient, and powerful beyond comprehension.
This generation of GT500 cars is already the fastest in Super GT history, thanks in large part to the new engine formula, combined with the ever-escalating tyre war between Bridgestone, Michelin, Yokohama, and Dunlop.
But believe it or not, a new breakthrough in the engine development battle between Honda, Nissan, and Toyota could result in even more record-breaking performances and higher speeds from the fastest GT race cars on earth: The introduction of Turbulent Jet Injection, or TJI, which was a breakthrough in Formula 1 engine technology in 2014 – and has now made its way into GT500.
Continue reading Turbulent Jet Ignition: The next stage in GT500 engine development