Kunihiko Akai

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Honda admits 'leak' fears behind Matsushita refusal

Honda has revealed that fears of a “leak” to Nissan were behind Nobuharu Matsushita being initially not allowed to represent the manufacturer in Super Formula this season.

How Japan's first F1 racer accelerated Tsunoda's rise

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda’s meteoric rise up the ranks is well-documented, but less well known is the contribution of Japan’s first full-time grand prix racer to that progress.

Super GT eyes Asian expansion as DTM tie-up flounders

SUPER GT boss Masaaki Bandoh says he is aiming for the series to expand its presence elsewhere in Asia in future years, following the failure of its Class One tie-up with the DTM.

My job in F1: Pirelli race engineer

There are people you don't see on TV, but who help the F1 circus to deliver the show. In this series, looks at some of the unseen but important figures from the sport. Here is the story of Manuel Munoz, the chief race engineer for Pirelli.

Super GT, DTM unlikely to hold 2020 Dream Race

A follow-up to last year’s SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race appears very unlikely to take place this year amid the coronavirus-induced disruption to both series’ schedules.

Fenestraz: TOM'S wanted me in Super Formula too

Sacha Fenestraz has revealed that Toyota flagship outfit TOM'S wanted him for its Super Formula programme this season as well as for SUPER GT.

Toyota to evaluate Yamashita for hypercar seat in Bahrain test

Toyota will use this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship rookie test in Bahrain to evaluate Kenta Yamashita for a seat with the factory team in 2020/21.

Honda set for major refresh of Super GT line-up

Honda is set for a major overhaul of its SUPER GT line-up in 2020, with Nobuharu Matsushita, Nirei Fukuzumi and Hiroki Otsu all in the frame for GT500 seats.

Title-winning Super GT team set for Toyota split

This year’s SUPER GT title-winning Team LeMans is looking unlikely continue in the Toyota stable in 2020, has learned.

McLaren set to join Super GT grid with 720S

McLaren is set to be represented in the Japan-based Super GT series next year with its all-new 720S GT3.

Markelov closing on 2019 Super Formula move

Formula 2 frontrunner Artem Markelov is close to a deal to race in Super Formula next season, understands.

Fukuzumi, Makino won't return to F2 in 2019

Honda juniors Nirei Fukuzumi and Tadasuke Makino will not return to Formula 2 next season and will instead race in Super Formula, understands.