In the lead up to the 45th International Suzuka 1000km on August 29th, we’re pleased to publish our first-ever interview – a brief chat with a driver making his Super GT debut in the great race – New Zealand’s Jono Lester.
Well-traveled, well-spoken, and tenaciously quick, Lester is one of a small handful of drivers making their Super GT debuts at the 1000km. Continue reading Interview: Jono Lester
At Suzuka Circuit, allegiance to Honda runs deeper than any other manufacturer. It’s not hard to see why – Honda Motor Company has owned this circuit for the better part of a half-century, and some of their greatest triumphs in motor racing have come at this fabled figure-eight circuit.
But there’s just one problem for one of Honda’s star GT500 teams, Keihin Real Racing: The Suzuka 1000km has often been a haunted ground of hardship for them – hardship that they hope to reverse in their tenth entry in this race. Continue reading Keihin Real Racing wants to reverse woeful Suzuka fortune
Team R’Qs Motorsports driver and team principal Hisashi Wada has been barred from driving in all Saturday sessions of the 45th International Suzuka 1000km, including qualifying, for penalty points accrued under the Driving Moral hazard prevention system.
The points accrued stem from his involvement two crashes in two consecutive races.
Continue reading Hisashi Wada suspended from Suzuka qualifying
Driver Katsumasa Chiyo was extremely fortunate to walk away from a high-speed crash at the first corner at Fuji Speedway last week, but according to his most recent blog entry, further tests revealed a minor spinal injury that will take three to four weeks to fully recover.
Chiyo has been withdrawn from this weekend’s All-Japan Formula Three race meeting at Twin Ring Motegi, and his participation in the 45th International Suzuka 1000km on August 28 is not 100 percent certain. Continue reading Chiyo suffers spinal injury in Fuji crash