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Hirakawa, Rossiter return to Super Formula with Toyota

Catching up with the Japanese Super Formula Championship, as part of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s 2018 motorsport activities announcement, Toyota confirmed 10 of their 11 drivers for the upcoming Super Formula campaign.

Two-time and defending Super Formula champion Hiroaki Ishiura will lead the charge for Toyota in 2018, with Ryo Hirakawa returning to the series after a two-year absence for Itochu Enex Team Impul, and James Rossiter returning full-time to replace the retired André Lotterer at Vantelin Team TOM’s.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing outlines 2018 Super GT Activities

Toyota Gazoo Racing announced their global motorsports activities for the 2018 season in a press release on Thursday, and with it, outlined their participation for the Autobacs Super GT Series.

Super GT series is the top category of Japanese car racing, and in 2018, Lexus Gazoo Racing will continue to enter the Lexus LC 500. Lexus Gazoo Racing will support 6 teams and 6 vehicles through TRD. In the GT300 class, Toyota Gazoo Racing will enter 2 Toyota Prius and 3 Lexus RC F GT3 models.

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Andrea Caldarelli bids farewell to Super GT

Andrea Caldarelli, veteran of six seasons in Super GT, announced via his Instagram on Wednesday that he will not return to Lexus Team Wako’s LeMans, or the Autobacs Super GT Series, in 2018.

Caldarelli, who turns 28 in two weeks’ time, will be moving on to focus solely on his duties as a factory racing driver for Lamborghini Squadra Corse across the world, after a decade-long relationship with Toyota that dates back to his time in the European ladder to Formula 1.

He leaves the series as a two-time GT500 championship runner-up in 2014 and in 2016, a perennial title contender throughout his career, and a legacy as one of the most passionate and rapid drivers in recent memory.

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F4 champion Miyata set for Super GT debut with LM Corsa

Ritomo Miyata, the two-time back-to-back FIA Formula 4 Japanese Champion and prospect of the Toyota Young Driver Programme, will make his Autobacs Super GT Series debut in the 2018 GT300 class.

The news was announced on TV Tokyo’s weekly digest show, SUPER GT+, and it was announced by the man that Miyata will replace in the #60 LM Corsa Lexus RC F GT3, Akira Iida – who is expected to retire after 18 seasons as a Super GT driver.

Miyata, who turned 18 just this past August, will be the youngest driver on the Super GT grid next year when he joins the Toyota Gazoo Racing-supported LM Corsa team in 2018.

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