Honda are giving two of its most outstanding single-seater prospects a massive push towards a promotion into the Formula 1 World Championship, as they have placed Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) drivers Nobuharu Matsushita and Nirei Fukuzumi into the Japanese Super Formula Championship in 2018.
Fukuzumi makes his Super Formula debut in the Red Bull Team Mugen car formerly driven by Pierre Gasly, as part of a double campaign that will see the 20-year-old also compete in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for Arden International.
Seven of Honda’s eight available driver slots were announced over the weekend, with one vacancy, at B-Max Racing Team, still yet to be determined.
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One of the greatest drivers in the history of auto racing has announced his retirement from the Japanese Super Formula Championship.
André Lotterer, the 2011 series champion, announced Thursday that he would no longer race in Super Formula after fifteen seasons in the series – a career that made him the most successful foreign driver in Japanese Top Formula racing history, and also laid the groundwork for one of the most successful endurance racing careers of all time.
The decision comes as Lotterer takes on new challenges in racing in 2018, and with his career at a crossroads at 36 years of age, the German racing legend opted to call time on his single-seater career.
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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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The final of the big three manufacturer fan festivals in Japan brings us back to Fuji Speedway, home circuit of the Toyota Motor Corporation, for the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival this Sunday.
It’s a celebration of Toyota’s successes across the world of motorsport – their winning return to the FIA World Rally Championship, a solid season in the World Endurance Championship, and of course, winning Japan’s two biggest championships – the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Japanese Super Formula Championship.
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