Jamie Klein

Jamie Klein

Jamie Klein is one of Motorsport.com’s Global News Editors, reporting primarily on the FIA World Endurance Championship, Super Formula and SUPER GT. He took his first steps into motorsport journalism in 2013 as a freelancer before joining Motorsport Network full-time in April 2015 as UK Editor. In 2016, he moved into a more wide-ranging role as he became a regular in the paddocks of the WEC and MotoGP. After a two-month trip to Japan in late 2018 gave him his first taste of reporting live on Super Formula and SUPER GT, he made the move to Tokyo permanently in October 2019, and covered every round of the country’s two top series in 2020. Away from motorsport, he is studying the Japanese language and can often be found relaxing in an ‘onsen’ (Japanese hot spring) or gorging on ramen, occasionally at the same time. He can be found on Twitter at @JamieKlein_.

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Super GT drivers unhappy with FCY teething issues

Several top SUPER GT drivers have voiced their unhappiness with teething issues surrounding the introduction of the full-course yellow (FCY) system in this week's Fuji 500km race.

Super GT planning to extend race distances in 2022

GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh has revealed plans to increase the distances of SUPER GT races in 2022 in order to encourage better fuel efficiency.

Hirakawa needed "two or three more laps" for Fuji win Fuji
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Hirakawa needed "two or three more laps" for Fuji win

TOM'S Toyota SUPER GT driver Ryo Hirakawa thinks he and Sena Sakaguchi could have won Tuesday's Fuji 500km race had it been "two or three laps longer".

Fukuzumi explains penalty that cost ARTA Fuji 500km win

Nirei Fukuzumi has explained the "unlucky" penalty that cost he and the ARTA Honda SUPER GT team a likely victory in Tuesday's Fuji 500km race.

What to expect from Super GT's longest race in two years

SUPER GT will be holding its first 'long-distance' race since the 2019 season on Tuesday, as the Fuji 500km Golden Week classic makes its return after a year's absence.

Fuji Super GT: Bandoh Toyota claims first pole since 2016 Fuji
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Fuji Super GT: Bandoh Toyota claims first pole since 2016

Toyota SUPER GT team Racing Project Bandoh scored its first pole position since 2016 during qualifying for this week’s Fuji 500km Golden Week race. 

Makino “feeling good” after “struggling” on test return

Reigning SUPER GT champion Tadasuke Makino admits he “really struggled” in a private test at Suzuka last month but is “feeling good” ahead of his return to race action at Fuji Speedway.

Calderon ruled out of Autopolis Super Formula round

Tatiana Calderon will not be able to take part in next weekend’s Autopolis Super Formula round after contesting last weekend’s Spa FIA World Endurance Championship opener.

Di Resta to make WEC return with United at Portimao

Paul di Resta will make his return to the FIA World Endurance Championship with the United Autosports LMP2 team in next month's Portimao round, replacing Filipe Albuquerque.

Corvette's Garcia 'gave it all' for Gavin send-off podium

Corvette Racing's Antonio Garcia says he 'pushed the whole race' in Saturday's FIA World Endurance Championship season opener at Spa to score a podium finish in Oliver Gavin's farewell race.

Deletraz to fill in for van der Zande at Inter Europol

Louis Deletraz will deputise for an absent Renger van der Zande at the Inter Europol Competition LMP2 squad for two FIA World Endurance Championship rounds this season, including next month's Portimao race.

Spa WEC: Toyota Hypercars go fastest ahead of qualifying

Toyota's new Le Mans Hypercar topped an official FIA World Endurance Championship session for the first time in third practice ahead of qualifying for this weekend's Spa season opener.

Spa WEC: Alpine edges Toyota in second practice

Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car topped a session at Spa for the first time this week after edging out Toyota to lead second practice for this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship opener.

Dunlop aiming to attract third GT500 team in Super GT

Dunlop wants to expand its presence further in SUPER GT’s top GT500 class by adding a third car to its roster, according to the tyre manufacturer’s motorsport chief Yoshinao Yasuda.

Slowing LMP2s further fraught with issues, say WEC drivers Prologue
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Slowing LMP2s further fraught with issues, say WEC drivers

Filipe Albuquerque and Anthony Davidson believe slowing LMP2 cars further to create a gap to the Hypercar class could complicate matters in the first season of FIA World Endurance Championship’s new era.

How newlywed Fukuzumi has come of age in Super Formula

Moving from one side of the Dandelion Racing garage to the other in 2021, and some important off-track changes, have served to make Nirei Fukuzumi a true contender for Super Formula title honours this year.

Super GT gives green light for FCY to be used at Fuji

SUPER GT organisers have given the green light for the Full Course Yellow system to be introduced for next week's Fuji 500km ground following discussions with teams and drivers.

WEC Prologue: G-Drive fastest as LMP2s stay on top

LMP2 cars maintained their grip on the overall timesheets in the third session of the FIA World Endurance Championship's Prologue pre-season test at Spa, with G-Drive Racing leading the way on Tuesday morning.

Matsushita brands return Super Formula race a "disaster"

Nobuharu Matsushita has branded his return Super Formula race a "disaster" after finishing in a disappointing 13th at Suzuka on Sunday.

Runaway points leader Nojiri still feels "sense of danger"

Mugen driver Tomoki Nojiri insists that he still feels a "sense of danger" despite building a large lead at the head of the Super Formula points standings with two wins from the opening two races of the season.

Calderon left perplexed by backwards step at Suzuka

Tatiana Calderon was at a loss to explain a sudden loss of form during last weekend's second round of the Super Formula at Suzuka, as she qualified and finished at the rear of the field.

WEC Prologue: LMP2s dominate disrupted first session

LMP2 machines dominated the timesheets during the first session of this week's FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue pre-season test at Spa, marked by two major crashes at Raidillon.

Alesi reflects on 'long and tough day' at Suzuka

Giuliano Alesi says he is satisfied to have come away with a points finish in his Super Formula debut for TOM'S after finishing ninth in last weekend's Suzuka race.

Yamamoto admits current poor form "embarrassing"

Defending Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto admits his current form in the series is "embarrassing" after a disappointing eighth-place finish at Suzuka last weekend.

Fukuzumi devastated to lose win after "perfect" weekend Suzuka
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Fukuzumi devastated to lose win after "perfect" weekend

Nirei Fukuzumi says he was devastated to have lost a clear shot at a first victory in Super Formula after a "perfect" weekend at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri scores second straight win Suzuka
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Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri scores second straight win

Mugen driver Tomoki Nojiri became Super Formula’s first back-to-back race winner in three years at Suzuka after poleman Nirei Fukuzumi suffered a puncture while leading.

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The Super GT champion shaped by two Toyota rejections

Once seemingly destined for Formula 1, two-time SUPER GT champion Kohei Hirate is determined to prove his worth with Nissan after ending up on the receiving end of not one but two career-changing Toyota rejections.

Hirakawa "doesn't understand" Honda's Suzuka Q3 leap

Ryo Hirakawa says his Q3 lap for this weekend's Suzuka Super Formula round was one of the best of his career, but can't understand how his Honda-powered rivals were able to find so much pace.

Matsushita 'gambling' on set-up on Super Formula return

Nobuharu Matsushita says he and his B-Max Racing team have had no choice but to "gamble" on set-up on their return to Super Formula action this weekend at Suzuka.

Alesi unfazed by double duty on Super Formula debut

Giuliano Alesi insists he is unfazed by the prospect of double duties this weekend at Suzuka as he makes his Super Formula debut alongside his regular Super Formula Lights commitments.

Suzuka Super Formula: Fukuzumi scores maiden pole

Dandelion Racing's Nirei Fukuzumi scored his first career Super Formula pole at Suzuka, edging out fellow Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri by just under two tenths of a second.

How Toyota's Sekiguchi rediscovered his motivation

Toyota SUPER GT driver Yuhi Sekiguchi says that being partnered with young and fast teammates at TOM'S has helped him rediscover some of his lost motivation.

Menezes to make ELMS return with DragonSpeed

Gustavo Menezes will make his first European Le Mans Series appearance in almost three years in next month's Red Bull Ring round as he rejoins the DragonSpeed LMP2 squad.

PR1/Mathiasen enters Tech1 alliance for WEC debut

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports has entered into a tie-up with Tech1 Racing ahead of its FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Spa next weekend.

The change that enabled Toyota to dominate at Okayama

Toyota believes that a change in set-up concept for the 2021 SUPER GT season is one of the factors that allowed the GR Supra to dominate at Okayama.

Fenestraz facing prolonged wait to return to Japan

Toyota driver Sacha Fenestraz potentially faces a prolonged wait before he is able to return to Japan and take up his seats in Super Formula and SUPER GT after missing the start of both campaigns this month.

Makino named as third driver for Fuji Super GT race

Tadasuke Makino is set for his return to SUPER GT action in next month's second round of the season at Fuji Speedway as a third driver for the Team Kunimitsu Honda squad.

Kubica didn't expect such an "easy" first LMP2 victory

Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has hailed the preparation done by his WRT team after scoring his first LMP2 victory in Sunday's European Le Mans Series opener at Barcelona.

Estoril given new date on latest WSBK calendar

Estoril has been handed a new date in May on a revised version of the 2021 World Superbike calendar issued on Friday.

Opinion: Why Honda will be green with substitution envy

Both Honda and Toyota had to call upon substitute drivers for last weekend's SUPER GT opener at Okayama, but the drivers they chose put in contrasting performances - with interesting implications for this year's title battle.

Nissan: Okayama result "unfortunate", pace encouraging

Nissan says it is encouraged by the pace its GT-Rs displayed in last weekend's Okayama SUPER GT opener despite failing to achieve a higher result than ninth place.

Full-course yellow back on the agenda for Super GT

SUPER GT is still planning to introduce the Full Course Yellow system this season, and it could be used for the first time next month at Fuji Speedway, Motorsport.com has learned.

Why SARD couldn't match other Toyotas at Okayama Okayama
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Why SARD couldn't match other Toyotas at Okayama

SARD Toyota driver Heikki Kovalainen believes a lack of rear downforce during last weekend's Okayama SUPER GT season stopped the team from challenging the lead GR Supras.

How vacant pit stalls decided Okayama GT300 battle Okayama
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How vacant pit stalls decided Okayama GT300 battle

The layout of the pit stalls in the Okayama pitlane played a key part in Kondo Racing’s GT300 class victory in last weekend’s SUPER GT season opener.

Alesi named as Nakajima's replacement for Suzuka

Giuliano Alesi has been named as Kazuki Nakajima's replacement at TOM'S for next weekend's second round of the Super Formula season at Suzuka.

Honda must react to prevent Toyota Fuji blowout

Honda needs to quickly find the cause of its crushing defeat to Toyota in last weekend's Okayama SUPER GT opener to prevent a similar result in the next round at Fuji Speedway, says Bertrand Baguette.

HubAuto Porsche team joins GTE Pro class for Le Mans

HubAuto Racing has moved up to the GTE Pro category for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, having initially planned to campaign a Porsche in the GTE Am ranks.

Matsushita secures belated Super Formula return

Nobuharu Matsushita will make a surprise return to the Super Formula grid in this month’s second round of the season at Suzuka as part of a one-car B-Max Racing effort.

Okayama loses Super Formula date on revised calendar

Okayama has lost its place on the 2021 Super Formula calendar on a revised calendar issued on Monday, and will instead be replaced by a second round at Motegi.

"Frustrated" Tsuboi reflects on race-deciding error

TOM'S driver Sho Tsuboi has branded the mistake he made while battling fellow Toyota driver Kenta Yamashita for victory in Sunday's Okayama SUPER GT opener "frustrating and something I regret".

Hirakawa explains pitstop that cost TOM'S Okayama win

Ryo Hirakawa has explained what exactly happened during the mid-race pitstop that cost the TOM’S Toyota team a likely victory in the SUPER GT season opener at Okayama.

Baguette unsure how Honda can beat Toyota at Okayama Okayama
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Baguette unsure how Honda can beat Toyota at Okayama

Honda SUPER GT driver Bertrand Baguette admits he can't see a way to beat Toyota in this weekend's Okayama opener after the GR Supra contingent swept the top five on the grid.

Honda braced for "tougher" battle against Toyota in 2021

Honda says it is braced for a "tougher" battle against Toyota in the second year of competition for its front-engined NSX-GT in the 2021 SUPER GT season.

The big questions ahead of the 2021 Super GT season
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The big questions ahead of the 2021 Super GT season

There may be no new cars in SUPER GT's top class this year, but there have been several key developments behind the scenes that could make the 2021 season even more thrilling than last year's campaign, as Jamie Klein explains.

Porsche reveals full line-ups for Le Mans 24 Hours

Porsche has revealed its full driver line-ups for its two-car factory GTE Pro assault in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

De Oliveira wants full ban on no-tyre change GT300 stops

Joao Paulo de Oliveira says he would like to see SUPER GT organisers prevent GT300 teams from executing no-tyre change pitstops for the entire 2021 season.

Kovalainen hails best winter since Super GT title year

Ex-Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen says he has enjoyed his best preparation to a SUPER GT season since his title-winning campaign in 2016.

How Sasahara proved he's more than a 'super-sub'

After losing his Mugen Super Formula seat over the winter, Ukyo Sasahara was handed a chance to deputise for Tadasuke Makino at Dandelion Racing - and he turned in a drive belying his 'super-sub' status.

Super GT doesn't need 'Indy-style' race starts - Baguette

SUPER GT doesn’t need to adopt Indy-style race starts to spice up the show, says Honda GT500 race winner Bertrand Baguette following a trial run in the Fuji pre-season test last month.

Le Mans outlines 2021 schedule, return of test day

The organisers of the Le Mans 24 Hours have released an outline of the schedule for the delayed 2021 edition, while confirming the return of the traditional test day.