Sacha Fenestraz, Tadasuke Makino to overlook opener

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A 44-car entry listing for the season opener revealed on Monday has, as anticipated, neither Fenestraz nor Makino listed of their respective vehicles, the #37 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra and the #1 Crew Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT.

It means the 2 groups that fought for the 2020 title till the final lap of final yr’s Fuji Speedway finale each go into the brand new marketing campaign with solely considered one of their common drivers.

Reigning champion Naoki Yamamoto can be joined within the Kunimitsu Honda by Mugen outcast Hideki Mutoh at Okayama as common teammate Makino continues his restoration from meningitis.

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It is going to mark ex-IndyCar racer Mutoh’s first race with the crew since 2014, and his first on Bridgestone tyres since 2016.

#1 STANLEY NSX-GT

#1 STANLEY NSX-GT

Photograph by: Masahide Kamio

Ryo Hirakawa in the meantime is partnered within the #37 TOM’S automobile by Sena Sakaguchi, who will make solely his second begin within the GT500 ranks following his debut in a one-off outing for fellow Toyota crew SARD final yr at Fuji.

Fenestraz stays unable to enter Japan owing to visa points, and also will have to take a seat out this weekend’s Tremendous Method opener at Fuji that he was as a result of contest for Kondo Racing.

Japanese Method 4 champion Hibiki Taira will get a SUPER GT debut at Okayama changing Sakaguchi within the Okay-Tunes Racing Lexus RC F GT3 alongside Morio Nitta.

Giuliano Alesi additionally retains his place alongside Sean Walkinshaw in the one different Lexus within the 29-car GT300 discipline, the Crew Thailand automobile, rather than the absent Nattapong Hortongkum.

The one GT300 crew that had but to formally affirm its drivers, Crew Mach, will proceed with its line-up from pre-season testing of brothers Yuya and Reiji Hiraki aboard its Toyota 86 MC (pictured beneath).

After skipping final weekend’s Fuji check, the R’Qs Motor Sport Mercedes-AMG GT3 will return to motion for the season opener on April 11.

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Photograph by: Masahide Kamio



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