Former Indian Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan is hoping for a change of fortunes after a difficult start to life in Japan’s SUPER GT series.
Karthikeyan switched to the world’s fastest sportscar racing series at the start of 2019, signing up for a factory Honda drive with Nakajima Racing.
However, the Satoru Nakajima-owned squad has turned out to be one of the slowest teams on the grid this year, with the gap to the rest of the field particularly amplified in qualifying.
That means Karthikeyan and teammate Tadasuke Makino sit 14th in the championship, with a trio of 10th place finishes in the first four races.
The 42-year-old admits that his team has struggled for pace so far, but is hoping for an upturn in form in the second half of the season.
“Yeah, the racing is quite different of course because after some laps you catch up with the [GT]300 cars,” Karthikeyan told Motorsport.com prior to last weekend’s Thailand race. “And also the first three races our tyre was not performing very well.
“So it’s been quite a difficult start to the season. But I hope from now it’s getting better and better. That’s all I can hope.”