In a tumultuous time for Formula 3 racing over in Europe, the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship has remained intact in its structure over the last decade, and now it embarks on its 40th season in 2018 as the stepping stone to the highest levels of Japanese motorsport.
Ten former GT500 champions in Super GT – including the reigning co-champions Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy – and seven former Japanese Top Formula Champions have all won the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship, and in 2018, there is a strong class of elite young drivers who could add their name to a prestigious roll of honour.
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Toyota Techno Craft (TTC) took five of their supported cars from the Autobacs Super GT Series, as well as TOM’s two cars from the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship and the FIA F4 Japanese Championship, to Fuji Speedway for a private test primarily for the GT500 cars.
Four Lexus LC500s, plus a lone GT300 class Lexus RC F GT3, were on hand for the test which was interrupted by a flurry of snow on a cold January morning at the circuit.
The #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500, one of four Lexus sporting their revised 2018 aero package, set the fastest time of the test with a 1:28.483 – but it was an eagle-eyed observer who spotted the biggest story of the test: Felix Rosenqvist, the current FIA Formula E Championship leader, driving the blue and pink number 6.
Continue reading Snow disrupts Toyota tyre test at Fuji; Rosenqvist runs for Team LeMans
Mobile gaming and entertainment developer Mobcast Inc. announced on Wednesday that they have finalized the details of a purchase of 100 percent of TOM’s Co. Ltd, the parent company of TOM’s Racing.
Valued at over ¥1.7 billion JPY, Mobcast’s purchase of TOM’s adds to their portfolio one of Japan’s most renowned automotive partsmakers, tuners, and racing teams – and over twenty-five major racing championships between Super GT, Super Formula, and All-Japan Formula Three, pending the completion of the sale on February 28, 2018.
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This Friday, the champions of all of Japan’s major national racing championships gathered for the annual JAF (Japan Automobile Federation) Motorsports Awards Ceremony in Tokyo.
The drivers and team directors of Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s, and Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO, were presented their awards for winning their respective classes in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series by the GT Association (GTA) – and they weren’t the only Super GT personalities to win awards this racing season.
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