This week’s Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours is the premier race on the calendar for the pro-am Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, one of the most diverse endurance racing categories in the world – featuring GT3, GT4, and TCR touring cars mixed with a wide collection of race-tuned production cars.
Super Taikyu is not a full professional series like the GT500 class of Super GT, or Super Formula, but in this race there are many accomplished racing drivers who have achieved stardom both in Japan and abroad. Even some of the less-heralded gentleman drivers have earned a great deal of respect for their contributions inside and outside of motorsport.
At Super GT World, we’ve broken down the entire entry list and highlighted the top teams from the top three classes, and the big-name drivers competing in the lower categories, to help you find a team to support in this weekend’s landmark endurance event.
Continue reading The Big Names in the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours
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
The 46th running of the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours is the greatest challenge for endurance racers of all skill levels and production based cars of all kinds.
This year, a contingent of 10 current and 13 former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series will take part in this year’s running of the great race around the fabled “Green Hell”, including four former champions of the series and several other former race winners from both the GT500 and GT300 class past and present.
Continue reading 23 current and former Super GT drivers to tackle 2018 Nürburgring 24 Hours
It is not just a stepping stone to Formula 1, but a true professional championship contested by 19 of the world’s greatest drivers. It is the Japanese Super Formula Championship, whose 2018 season begins this weekend at the legendary spiritual home of single-seater racing in Japan, Suzuka Circuit.
2018 is a year of change for Super Formula. The final year of the dependable SF14 chassis. A prime/option tyre regulation similar to that employed in Formula 1 and IndyCar. And no fewer than six drivers making their debut in the series alongside two returning challengers.
It’s going to be a fascinating season ahead, seven rounds across Japan’s six great circuits, and will end at Suzuka with the fabled JAF Grand Prix.
Continue reading 2018 Super Formula Preview: The Ultimate Challenge