Just one week after the sudden and tragic passing of Lexus Team LeMans Wako’s chief engineer Kenji Yamada, Lexus Gazoo Racing have installed their succession plan, beginning next week at the Fuji GT 500km Race.
Championship-winning engineer Kotaro Tanaka will join Lexus Team LeMans as their new chief engineer, in an official press release from Saturday. In a corresponding move, Lexus Team SARD have promoted Akinori Kasai to chief engineer in place of Tanaka, that announcement also put out by SARD on the same day.
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Two-time Suzuka 1000km winner James Rossiter confirmed his return to the Autobacs Super GT Series in 2018, via social media on Thursday.
The 34-year-old British driver will compete in the second and third rounds of the 2018 Super GT Season, alongside his full-time commitments in the Japanese Super Formula Championship in 2018 with Vantelin Team TOM’s.
His two race run includes driving in the prestigious Fuji GT 500km Race on the Golden Week holiday of May 4, and in the Suzuka GT 300km Fan Festival on May 20.
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Kazuya Oshima and Lexus Team LeMans Wako’s led the way on Saturday in the first of a two-day test session for the Autobacs Super GT Series, held under clear yet chilly conditions at Okayama International Circuit.
Oshima drove today’s test on his own in the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500, as his new co-driver for the 2018 Super GT season, Felix Rosenqvist, is in Uruguay this weekend – driving for Mahindra Racing in the Formula E Punta del Este ePrix. In GT300, the #25 Hoppy Toyota 86 MC of Takamitsu Matsui & Sho Tsuboi led the 29-car class, with Matsui setting the car’s fastest lap in the afternoon session.
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