Super Formula rookie Ticktum shares a road to redemption with legend Motoyama

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.

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23 current and former Super GT drivers to tackle 2018 Nürburgring 24 Hours

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.

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2018 Suzuka GT 300km Fan Festival: Weekend Schedule

Legendary Suzuka Circuit is the home of the upcoming Suzuka GT 300km Fan Festival, the third round of the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, on May 19-20. Here’s a look at the weekend schedule to come for this pivotal race:


SUZUKA GT 300KM RACE – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

all times JST

Saturday, 19 May

  • 9:00 – 10:45: Practice (1 hour, 45 minutes)
  • 14:35 – 15:10: Qualifying Session 1 (15 minutes x 2)
  • 15:20 – 15:48: Qualifying Session 2 (10 minutes x 2)

Sunday, 20 May

  • 13:05 – 13:25: Warm-Up (20 minutes)
  • 14:40 – 17:40: Race (52 laps)

The FIA F4 Japanese Championship and the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan will be the supporting categories for the Suzuka GT 300km Race. Rounds 5 and 6 of the FIA F4 Japanese Championship will be held Saturday at 13:40 JST, and Sunday at 8:45 JST respectively. The PCCJ races will be held Saturday at 16:20 JST, and Sunday at 12:00 JST.

Below the cut are the session times for other major regions of the world including Europe, the United States, and the United Kingdom & Ireland.

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2018 Suzuka GT 300km Fan Festival: Entry List

On Friday, the GT Association (GTA), promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, released the entry list for the third round of the 2018 season, the Suzuka GT 300km Fan Festival, held at the legendary Suzuka Circuit.

The first 300km sprint at Suzuka will feature all 44 cars and 88 drivers entered in total, with Kazuki Nakajima and Kamui Kobayashi both returning to Super GT action on May 19-20.

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