Makino, who gained final 12 months’s SUPER GT title alongside Naoki Yamamoto, was struck down by meningitis final December shortly after the penultimate spherical of the Tremendous Formulation season at Suzuka, and was compelled to overlook the ultimate race of the season at Fuji Speedway.
The ex-Formulation 2 racer has but to make an look in a check session in both of Japan’s high two home sequence since leaving hospital in January.
His place alongside Yamamoto within the Workforce Kunimitsu Honda squad was taken on this month’s Okayama SUPER GT pre-season check by Hideki Mutoh, whereas Ukyo Sasahara has stuffed in for Makino in each of the Tremendous Formulation exams at Dandelion Racing.
Dandelion crew boss Kiyoshi Muraoka supplied a uncommon replace on Makino’s situation to Motorsport.com throughout this week’s Tremendous Formulation check at Fuji, however wouldn’t be drawn on precisely when the 23-year-old is prone to return.
“He’s coaching and making ready,” Muraoka mentioned of Makino. “He left hospital a while in the past and now he’s coaching. However when he’ll return relies on how his restoration goes.
“In fact it might be nice if he may make it for the opening spherical, however there’s no use in dashing. He’s ready till he’s in good situation.
“It relies on his coaching scenario. It could be pointless for him to return again in a rush if it meant his situation grew to become worse once more.
“And in addition to, he’s a full-time driver, so he can return to the cockpit any time he’s feeling properly sufficient.”
Ukyo Sasahara（DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING）
Photograph by: Masahide Kamio
Though not confirmed, it seems doubtless Sasahara will deputise for Makino within the opening race of the season at Fuji on April 3-4, and probably within the following race at Suzuka.
Sasahara ended up contesting the total Tremendous Formulation season final 12 months as a substitute for Pink Bull junior driver Juri Vips at Workforce Mugen, however misplaced the seat for 2021 to rookie Hiroki Otsu.
In SUPER GT, Mutoh appears to be like set to take Makino’s place in at the very least the Okayama curtain-raiser, on April 10-11, sharing the #1 Honda NSX-GT with Yamamoto.
Mutoh, who was changed at Workforce Mugen by Toshiki Oyu for 2021, has been confirmed to drive alongside Yamamoto once more on this weekend’s official SUPER GT check at Fuji.
Interview by Kenichiro Ebii
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