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Sugo escapes damage as earthquake hits northern Japan

The Sugo track in northern Japan has reported it has escaped damage from the earthquake that struck the country on Saturday night.

Tsuchiya team no longer ‘flapping about’ with new Porsche

Takeshi Tsuchiya says his eponymous SUPER GT team won’t be ‘flapping about’ in its second season using Porsche GT3 machinery this year.

Cassidy open to future return to Japanese racing

Formula E-bound Nick Cassidy says he is open to the possibility of returning to Japanese racing once travel restrictions subside.

Yamamoto and Makino set for Super Formula seat swap

Honda drivers Naoki Yamamoto and Tadasuke Makino appear on course to swap Super Formula seats for the 2021 season.

The state of play in the 2021 Super GT silly season

The 2021 SUPER GT silly season rumour mill has taken a while to get going because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the New Year upon us and GT500 driver announcements not far away, here’s what we know about what Toyota, Honda and Nissan are planning.

Hirakawa has "no regrets" about falling short of title Fuji
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Hirakawa has "no regrets" about falling short of title

Ryo Hirakawa insists he has "no regrets" about coming up two points shy of his first Super Formula title after losing out to Naoki Yamamoto in last weekend's title-deciding race at Fuji Speedway.

Cassidy: Yamamoto should've won title "much more easily" Fuji
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Cassidy: Yamamoto should've won title "much more easily"

Naoki Yamamoto should have won this year's Super Formula title "much more easily" considering Honda's engine advantage, says Nick Cassidy.

Honda speed leaves Hirakawa "gloomy" about title chances

Honda's straight line speed advantage during Super Formula practice at Fuji Speedway has left Ryo Hirakawa "feeling gloomy" for his prospects of winning the title.

Hirakawa resigned to chance of second Fuji title defeat

Ryo Hirakawa says that the bitter experience of losing the SUPER GT title at Fuji Speedway means he's taking nothing for granted ahead of this weekend's final Super Formula round at the same track.

Makino withdraws from Fuji Super Formula finale

Tadasuke Makino will miss this weekend’s Super Formula season finale at Fuji Speedway, and will be replaced at Nakajima Racing by Hiroki Otsu.

Calderon "getting closer" to first Super Formula points

Tatiana Calderon says she believes she is "getting closer" to her first points finish in Super Formula after matching her best finish of the season so far at Suzuka last weekend.

Hirakawa concerned by "scary" Suzuka punctures

Joint Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa has expressed his concerns at the number of punctures seen in last weekend's Suzuka double header following the introduction of tyre warmers.

How Honda's “mentally exhausted” young star came good Suzuka II
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How Honda's “mentally exhausted” young star came good

Honda protege Toshiki Oyu became the sixth different Super Formula race winner of the season on Sunday, but up to that point the rookie’s season had been anything but plain sailing.

Kunimitsu glad to repay Raybrig for loyalty in lean years

Legendary SUPER GT team boss Kunimitsu Takahashi says he is grateful that outgoing sponsor Raybrig stuck by his eponymous outfit even after years of poor results.

Yamamoto left to rue ‘what-ifs’ after Autopolis defeat

Naoki Yamamoto was left to regret several ‘what-if’ scenarios after his defeat to fellow Honda Super Formula driver Tomoki Nojiri at Autopolis.

Fukuzumi had "nightmares" en route to first GT500 win

ARTA Honda driver Nirei Fukuzumi says he had "nightmares" during his stint on his way to an overdue first top-class SUPER GT victory.

Matsushita not treating Super GT call-up as 2021 audition

Nobuharu Matsushita says he is not treating his unexpected call-up to a Honda SUPER GT drive as an audition for a 2021 drive.

Hirakawa sad to lose Cassidy for Super GT title run-in

TOM’S Toyota title contender Ryo Hirakawa says he is disappointed not to be able to complete the SUPER GT season alongside Nick Cassidy.

Nissan downplays title chances despite shock Suzuka win

Nissan has downplayed its chances of fighting for the SUPER GT title as it believes the GT-R will not be competitive enough against Honda and Toyota without weight handicaps.

Honda's Fukuzumi slams "dangerous" Hiramine tactics

Honda driver Nirei Fukuzumi has hit out at Nissan rival Kazuki Hiramine for what he describes as "very dangerous" defending during their battle in last weekend's Suzuka SUPER GT round.

Impul Nissan had "last chance" for 2020 win at Suzuka

The Impul Nissan team may have lost its "last chance" of a SUPER GT win in 2020 after its defeat to the works NISMO GT-R last weekend at Suzuka, fears Kazuki Hiramine.

Cerumo Toyota pair lament stint length miscalculation

SUPER GT championship leaders Kazuya Oshima and Sho Tsuboi were left to rue a miscalculation by the Cerumo Toyota team that forced them into a second pitstop in last weekend's Suzuka round.

Honda needs pre-Fuji points buffer over Toyota

Honda concedes that its chances of SUPER GT title glory this year will likely hinge on having a points advantage over Toyota heading into the final round of the season at Fuji Speedway.

Yamashita admits limited schedule impacting performance

Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship protege Kenta Yamashita feels his limited 2020 schedule is impacting his performance in Super Formula.

Yamamoto didn't have "potential" for Sugo hat-trick

Naoki Yamamoto has conceded he simply didn't have the "potential" to score a third straight Super Formula win at Sugo last weekend, despite his most competitive showing of the season so far.

Yamamoto: I've already used up my dropped scores

Naoki Yamamoto says he can't afford any further poor results in Super Formula to have any chance of remaining in contention for a third title.

Super GT prepares to clamp down on off-season testing

SUPER GT organisers are considering a clampdown on testing during the off-season in a bid to control costs and restrain development.

SARD boss says "the usual Kovalainen" returned at Fuji

Heikki Kovalainen was back to his "usual" self in last weekend's Fuji SUPER GT round, according to SARD Toyota team boss Juichi Wakisaka.

Nojiri: ARTA Honda has "too much missing" to win

The ARTA Honda team has "too many things missing" to be in a position to fight for SUPER GT wins, Tomoki Nojiri has admitted after a chastening defeat in last weekend's Fuji race.

New Super GT points leaders regret poor Fuji qualifying

Cerumo Toyota driver Sho Tsuboi admits he's "disappointed" not to have qualified better in last weekend's SUPER GT round at Fuji Speedway, as he felt a win was within the team's grasp.

Quintarelli: Nissan hopes depend on all GT-Rs performing

Ronnie Quintarelli believes Nissan's SUPER GT title hopes this year rest on the three other GT-R crews upping their performance and fighting at the sharp end of the field.

Honda bracing for Toyota Super GT fightback

Honda says it is steeling itself for a Toyota GR Supra comeback in the latter half of the 2020 SUPER GT season.

Cassidy laments the "win that got away" at Okayama Okayama
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Cassidy laments the "win that got away" at Okayama

Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy has described last weekend's Okayama race as the "win that got away", as he felt he had the pace to beat Sho Tsuboi to victory.

TOM'S rookie Miyata "worried" by Okayama double duty

TOM'S Super Formula rookie Ritomo Miyata admits he's "worried" as he faces double duty at Okayama on Sunday.

Super Formula makes OTS tweak to encourage passing

Super Formula has revealed a minor change to its Overtake System (OTS) for this weekend's Okayama race in a bid to encourage more passing.

Honda: Real Racing has found new NSX-GT's "sweet spot"

Honda says that the SUPER GT points-leading Real Racing squad has found the "sweet spot" of the manufacturer's new front-engined NSX-GT.

Motegi podium provides Mugen Honda "morale boost"

The Mugen Honda team's first SUPER GT podium finish in 18 years in last weekend's Motegi race will provide an important "morale boost" going forward, believes Hideki Mutoh.

Super GT to allow limited number of spectators at Fuji

Up to 5,000 spectators per day will be permitted to attend the fifth round of the 2020 SUPER GT season at Fuji in October.

Bandoh Toyota drivers insist pole was possible in dry

Bandoh Toyota drivers Yuji Kunimoto and Ritomo Miyata are convinced that they could have taken pole for this weekend's Motegi SUPER GT round if it had stayed dry in the second part of qualifying.

Salo to race alongside son Max in Fuji 24 Hours

Ex-Formula 1 driver Mika Salo will race alongside his son Max in this weekend's Fuji 24 Hours, marking his first race appearance on Japanese soil in 18 years.

Calderon satisfied to hold off Yamamoto in last-lap battle

Tatiana Calderon says she was satisfied to come out on top of a late-race battle with two-time Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto in her first race in the Japanese series.

Rookie’s Super Formula debut in doubt after dehydration

Teppei Natori’s Super Formula debut has been thrown into doubt after he suffered from dehydration during Saturday’s track action at Motegi.

Nissan was too "conservative" before Suzuka breakthrough

Nissan admits it was overly "conservative" in the first two rounds of the SUPER GT season and its Suzuka success was a result of it going "all-out" with its revised GT-R contender.

Honda's Yamamoto has mixed feelings after Suzuka podium

Honda SUPER GT driver Naoki Yamamoto has admitted to mixed feelings after scoring his first podium of the 2020 season for at Suzuka.

Points-leading Toyota crew in disbelief at Suzuka podium

Toyota's SUPER GT points leaders Sacha Fenestraz and Yuhi Sekiguchi were left in disbelief at finishing on the podium in last weekend's Suzuka race with the heaviest car in the field.

Why Suzuka is a "must-win" for Toyota's 'Fuji masters'

Cerumo Toyota pair Hiroaki Ishiura and Yuji Tachikawa have an enviable SUPER GT record at Fuji Speedway. So why was the #38 car shown up by its fellow GR Supras in the first two races of 2020?

Kovalainen faces “big challenge” on Super GT return

Heikki Kovalainen says he “doesn’t know what to expect” from his first SUPER GT race in nine months, as he rejoins the SARD Toyota squad for this weekend’s Suzuka round.

Honda NSX-GT struggling in dirty air, say Kunimitsu pair

Honda's NSX-GT SUPER GT contender is still struggling in dirty air despite its clear one-lap prowess, say Team Kunimitsu drivers Naoki Yamamoto and Tadasuke Makino.

Toyota engine "in another dimension", says Yamamoto

Naoki Yamamoto says Toyota is in “another dimension” with its SUPER GT engine compared to Honda after the new GR Supra dominated the season opener at Fuji Speedway.

Yamashita "made up" for missing Kovalainen at Fuji

Reigning SUPER GT champion Kenta Yamashita made up for the absence of regular SARD Toyota driver Heikki Kovalainen in last weekend's Fuji race, feels team boss Juichi Wakisaka.

Honda drivers "really shocked" by Supra race pace

Two of Honda's leading SUPER GT drivers have declared themselves "surprised" and "shocked" by the race pace advantage shown by Toyota in the Fuji season opener.

Why pacesetter Honda still sees itself as "challenger"

Honda may have swept the board in SUPER GT pre-season testing, but it still doesn’t see itself as favourite ahead of this weekend’s opening round at Fuji Speedway.

Honda’s Fukuzumi "worried" about GT500 debut

Honda SUPER GT driver Nirei Fukuzumi admits he feels “pretty worried" ahead of his first race outing in the NSX-GT as he steps up to the GT500 class.

Kunimitsu Honda saved from "terrible" start to season

The delay to the 2020 SUPER GT season caused by the global coronavirus pandemic has saved the Kunimitsu Honda team from a "terrible" first round, believes Naoki Yamamoto.

Honda experiments with new front aero in Fuji test

Honda rolled out a revised front aerodynamic package for last weekend's SUPER GT pre-season test at Fuji Speedway, setting the quickest time on both days while using the new parts.

BMW considered 2020 Super GT entry with DTM car

BMW held discussions with its Japanese partner team to enter its Class One DTM car in SUPER GT this year, it has been revealed.

Kovalainen approves of wide-ranging SARD changes

Heikki Kovalainen has given the wide-ranging changes made to the SARD Toyota SUPER GT team for this season his early approval.

"Mega" Fukuzumi tipped for Super Formula title bid

Reigning Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy has backed Nirei Fukuzumi to star in this year's title fight off the back of his performance in last month's Fuji pre-season test.

Star rookie Oyu worried about losing Fuji momentum

Star Super Formula rookie Toshiki Oyu admits he is concerned about losing the momentum gained from a strong showing in last month's Fuji pre-season test during a long period of inactivity.

Oshima targeting debut victory for new Supra

Kazuya Oshima feels that giving Toyota's new GR Supra a victory on its SUPER GT debut is achievable after his Cerumo team concluded last month's Okayama test with the second-fastest time.