The European Le Mans Series 4 Hours of Estoril in Portugal was the final race of Lexus Super GT driver Ryo Hirakawa’s first European sports car racing campaign. He, along with his Thiriet by TDS Racing co-drivers Pierre Thiriet and Mathias Beche, came into the final race of the season with a sizeable championship advantage in the LMP2 Teams’ Championship, and with one more good result, could win the title on the day.
But fate had other plans. Just as Hirakawa was set to take the wheel of the #46 Oreca 05/Nissan for his middle stint of the race, a suspected electrical failure struck the TDS Racing machine, costing them several laps – and ultimately costing them the LMP2 Championship for 2016 in a dramatic final race of the ELMS season.
That put the “Mighty ’38” of G-Drive Racing in position to take the title, which it did with style as Giedo van der Garde, Simon Dolan, and Harry Tincknell drove the beloved #38 Gibson 015S/Nissan to victory in Estoril – and with it, taking the LMP2 Championship in the car’s swansong race.
Continue reading Cruel finale to Ryo Hirakawa’s 2016 European Le Mans Series season
The first day of Super GT manufacturer tests at Autopolis circuit saw all three manufacturers out on track for the first time with their 2017 GT500 challengers – including the first look at the new Honda NSX-GT, the ultimate rendition of the ultimate Japanese mid-engined supercar.
Honda’s new NSX-GT, along with the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 and Lexus LC 500 Super GT, had a trouble-free opening day of testing at the newly re-opened Autopolis circuit.
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The most recent Buriram Super GT Race gave us an opportunity to do something we could not do for any other round of the championship: To provide detailed rankings and evaluations of nearly every driver who ran in the race.
In-depth analysis of every driver’s individual performance has become commonplace in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in IMSA, and the European Le Mans Series, just to name a few major sports car racing series. It’s never been done for Super GT, however – so we wanted to give it a shot.
Using the lap time data made available from RaceResults.nu, who also provided live timing and scoring of the Buriram Super GT Race, here is our driver rankings from the most recent round in the Autobacs Super GT Series.
Continue reading Analysis: Buriram Super GT Race – Individual driver rankings
The Super Taikyu Endurance Series has just two more races left to decide its championships, with the penultimate round in the 2016 championship taking place this weekend at Okayama International Circuit, with two three-hour races this Sunday.
62 cars will be entered for this weekend, with the field split between the 35 cars of the ST-4 and ST-5 classes, and the 27 cars in the upper level ST-X, ST-1, ST-2, and ST-3 categories.
Continue reading Penultimate Super Taikyu round heads to Okayama