Kovalainen to race in Japanese Super GT

Former Formula One driver Heikki Kovalainen will compete in the Japanese Super GT championship during the 2015 season.

Kovalainen to race in Japanese Super GT
#39 Lexus Team Sard Lexus RC F: Oliver Jarvis, Hiroaki Ishiura
Heikki Kovalainen
Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus F1 Team
#39 Lexus Team Sard Lexus RC F: Oliver Jarvis, Hiroaki Ishiura
#39 Lexus Team Sard Lexus RC F: Oliver Jarvis, Hiroaki Ishiura

The Finn, who was left without a full-time racing drive at the end of the 2012 season, made a return to racing in 2013 with Lotus, competing in the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix with the team.

Since then, however, Kovalainen has not raced at international level.

But the 33-year-old will be back behind the wheel of a racing car after securing a deal in Super GT with the SARD Racing team, driving a Lexus RC F alongside Kohei Hirate.

I am delighted with the opportunity to compete at the Super GT with this team.

Heikki Kovalainen

"I replied immediately when I received the offer from SARD because I knew that Super GT is a high level, competitive and interesting race series like no other in the world," said Kovalainen.

"At the test the other day, I drove the Lexus RC F with Super GT spec for the first time and got the impression that it is a very stable, fast machine.

"It's a small team with a family atmosphere. Each member was very professional and Kohei is a nice guy too.

"I am delighted with the opportunity to compete at the Super GT with this team, in front of everyone in Japan."

The eight-round Japanese Super GT series kicks off at Okayama on April 15.

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