On Tuesday, Audi Team Hitotsuyama announced their participation plans for the upcoming 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, and also declared their entry into the 2018 Suzuka 10 Hours.
Following a dismal 2017 followup to their impressive 2016 season, Audi Team Hitotsuyama will once again re-tool their driver lineup around team leader Richard Lyons, who will now be joined by former Gainer driver Ryuichiro Tomita for the 2018 season.
Looking towards the future of Japanese motorsport, Audi Team Hitotsuyama have also drafted in 23-year-old FIA F4 graduate Takuro Shinohara as their third driver for the 2018 season, serving as an apprentice under the experienced duo of Lyons and Tomita.
Continue reading Tomita & Shinohara join Lyons at Audi Team Hitotsuyama
64 teams will make the annual late July venture to the Circuit du Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for the 69th annual 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the crown jewel of global GT3 endurance racing, and the marquee event of the Blancpain GT Series – an event with a history dating back to 1923.
With a field loaded with the finest stars in global endurance racing, there are also 12 drivers representing the past, and the present of the Autobacs Super GT Series: From current GT500 stars such as Katsumasa Chiyo and Andrea Caldarelli, to Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO making their one-off European debut, the Super GT contingent at Spa will be well represented in this race around the clock on July 29 & 30.
Continue reading Super GT’s finest stars set to tackle Spa 24 Hours
The next installment in our 2016 Super GT Race Analysis series looks at the second race from Fuji Speedway this season, the Fuji GT 300km Race, held on August 7, 2016.
Continue reading 2016 Race Analysis: Fuji 300km
Audi Team Hitotsuyama announced their entry into the GT300 class of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series on Tuesday, confirming one of the blockbuster free agent driver signings of the off-season – as two-time GT500 champion Masataka Yanagida will join fellow former GT500 champion Richard Lyons in their Audi R8 LMS.
Audi Team Hitotsuyama, the top-ranked FIA GT3 entry in last year’s GT300 championship, also maintains their excellent relationship with top Audi customer squad W Racing Team (WRT) and their partnership with Dunlop Tyres, which propelled the team to their first winning season and their best-ever result in the GT300 championship in 2016.
Continue reading Masataka Yanagida joins Richard Lyons at Audi Team Hitotsuyama