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Rossi to contest Gulf 12 Hours ahead of 2022 GT programme

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will contest January's Gulf 12 Hours at the wheel of a Ferrari at the start of what looks set to be a full programme of car racing in 2022.

Nissan went "over the limit" in search of engine gains

Nissan went "over the limit" in search of extra engine performance in SUPER GT this year following a spate of mechanical issues, believes Ronnie Quintarelli.

Alesi poised for shock TOM'S Toyota SUPER GT move
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Alesi poised for shock TOM'S Toyota SUPER GT move

Giuliano Alesi appears set for a shock promotion to the title-winning TOM’S Toyota team in SUPER GT for the 2022 season. 

Racing Team Nederland joins IMSA for endurance rounds
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Racing Team Nederland joins IMSA for endurance rounds

Racing Team Nederland will contest the enduro rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season after taking title honours in this year's FIA World Endurance Championship.

Toyota considers abandoning Supra low-downforce concept

Toyota has suggested it may move to a more high-downforce concept for the 2022 version of its GR Supra SUPER GT challenger.

SUPER GT veteran Hiranaka departs Gainer after 13 seasons

SUPER GT veteran Katsuyuki Hiranaka has departed the Gainer Nissan GT300 squad after a 13-year association with the team.

Baguette announces exit from Honda SUPER GT fold
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Baguette announces exit from Honda SUPER GT fold

Bertrand Baguette has announced that last weekend's Fuji Speedway finale was his final outing as a Honda SUPER GT driver.

Why Honda’s ‘back-up’ car was powerless to stop Toyota Fuji II
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Why Honda’s ‘back-up’ car was powerless to stop Toyota

ARTA went into the last weekend’s SUPER GT finale at Fuji Speedway second in the standings and in a strong position to help ensure Honda defended its title. But in the end, the team was powerless to hold back the Toyota tide.

Andretti Autosport reveals LMP3 drivers for 2022 IMSA season

Jarett Andretti and Josh Burdon will race full-time for Andretti Autosport in the LMP3 class of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and will be joined by two open-wheel stars for the Rolex 24.

How TOM’S' ‘number two’ car stole the title for Toyota Fuji II
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How TOM’S' ‘number two’ car stole the title for Toyota

The #36 TOM'S Toyota of Yuhi Sekiguchi and Sho Tsuboi winning this year's SUPER GT title is an outcome virtually nobody would have expected before last weekend - and even at the start of the year. So how did the pair defy the odds?

Subaru's first SUPER GT title was "a long time coming"

Subaru's first-ever SUPER GT title with the brand-new BRZ was "a really long time coming" according to marque stalwart Hideki Yamauchi.

Ex-F1 driver Kovalainen announces retirement from SUPER GT

Former Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen has announced that he won’t return to SUPER GT for an eighth consecutive season in 2022, citing personal reasons for his exit from the series.

G-Drive set for full-time WEC return and Rolex 24 in 2022

Former FIA World Endurance Championship title-winning outfit G-Drive Racing will make a full-time return to the series in 2022 after an absence of three seasons.

Ferrari appoints Oreca to build next-gen GT3 car

Ferrari is teaming up with French motorsport organisation Oreca for its forthcoming next-generation GT3 contender scheduled to start racing in 2023.

Baguette takes blame for Fuji melee: "I had to take a risk" Fuji II
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Baguette takes blame for Fuji melee: "I had to take a risk"

Bertrand Baguette has accepted the blame for the early pile-up that ended the Real Racing Honda team's SUPER GT title hopes at Fuji Speedway, but insists that the team lacked the pace to fight anyway.

Tsuboi shocked first GT500 win also yielded SUPER GT title Fuji II
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Tsuboi shocked first GT500 win also yielded SUPER GT title

TOM'S Toyota driver Sho Tsuboi says he is shocked his maiden top-level SUPER GT win in Sunday's Fuji Speedway finale also ended up delivering he and teammate Yuhi Sekiguchi an improbable first title.

Yamamoto details incident that cost him third SUPER GT title Fuji II
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Yamamoto details incident that cost him third SUPER GT title

Honda driver Naoki Yamamoto says he had taken extra care to avoid any trouble with lapped traffic at the time of the incident with a GT300 machine that wrecked his and Team Kunimitsu's SUPER GT title hopes.

Fuji SUPER GT: Toyota steals title from Honda, TOM'S champions Fuji II
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Fuji SUPER GT: Toyota steals title from Honda, TOM'S champions

Toyota stole the SUPER GT title away from Honda in a dramatic Fuji Speedway season finale as TOM'S pair Yuhi Sekiguchi and Sho Tsuboi won the race and Naoki Yamamoto was eliminated by a GT300 car.

Yamamoto still beatable despite poor qualifying, says Baguette Fuji II
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Yamamoto still beatable despite poor qualifying, says Baguette

Bertrand Baguette is adamant that beating fellow Honda driver Naoki Yamamoto to the SUPER GT title remains possible despite a poor qualifying showing for the Real Racing squad at Fuji Speedway.

Fuji SUPER GT: Yamashita gives Rookie Toyota pole for finale Fuji II
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Fuji SUPER GT: Yamashita gives Rookie Toyota pole for finale

Rookie Racing Toyota driver Kenta Yamashita snatched pole position for this weekend's Fuji SUPER GT finale with a new lap record, beating Honda's pre-race points leader Naoki Yamamoto.

Can Kondo Racing make a piece of SUPER GT history?

No team and driver combination has ever won the title in SUPER GT's GT300 class for two years in a row. But that could change this weekend at Fuji Speedway, as Kondo Racing, Joao Paulo de Oliveira and Kiyoto Fujinami aim to defend their 2020 crown.

ARTA momentum worth nothing in SUPER GT decider - Nojiri

ARTA Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri has warned that winning the last two SUPER GT races will count for nothing in this weekend's Fuji Speedway title decider.

Tsuchiya to switch to Toyota Supra GT300 for 2022
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Tsuchiya to switch to Toyota Supra GT300 for 2022

Tsuchiya Engineering will contest the 2022 SUPER GT season with a self-constructed version of the Toyota GR Supra GT300 car, ending a two-year spell running Porsche GT3 machinery.

Intra-Honda fight gives SUPER GT title decider extra dimension Fuji II
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Intra-Honda fight gives SUPER GT title decider extra dimension

Honda is in a strong position to wrap up the SUPER GT title in this weekend's Fuji Speedway finale, but for two drivers in particular there's much more at stake, as Naoki Yamamoto eyes revenge for his defeat to Tomoki Nojiri in Super Formula.

Rosenqvist and O'Ward to join Zak Brown for Gulf 12 Hours

McLaren IndyCar drivers Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O'Ward will share a car with team boss Zak Brown in next January's Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi.

Toyota in focus as 2022 SUPER GT grid takes shape

Ahead of the final SUPER GT race of the season at Fuji Speedway this weekend, more information has come to light concerning the likely make-up of the 2022 grid, with Toyota set for the biggest changes.

Newgarden: 2023 downtown Detroit layout is “fantastic for racing”
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Newgarden: 2023 downtown Detroit layout is “fantastic for racing”

Josef Newgarden says the new IndyCar/IMSA street course for downtown Detroit will be a hit for race fans as well as local businesses given the layout.

Yamashita: Lack of consistency cost Rookie Racing title shot

Kenta Yamashita believes a lack of consistency has cost the Rookie Racing Toyota squad a genuine SUPER GT title shot in its first season as an independent outfit.

Castroneves to race for MSR in IMSA endurance rounds in 2022
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Castroneves to race for MSR in IMSA endurance rounds in 2022

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will be the ‘third man’ in Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura for IMSA’s four enduro rounds next season.

Jani explores other LMDh options while Porsche deal unsigned

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Neel Jani has revealed he has yet to conclude a new contract with Porsche and is talking to other manufacturers about the new LMDh category. 

Bathurst 12 Hour moved to February, avoiding Sebring clash

The 2022 running of the Bathurst 12 Hour has been shifted to a late February date, avoiding a clash with the 12 Hours of Sebring weekend.

Blomqvist returns to IMSA in 2022 with Meyer Shank

Tom Blomqvist will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022, contesting the full season with Meyer Shank Racing in the top DPi class.

Nissan confirms GT-R GT500 car will be replaced for 2022
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Nissan confirms GT-R GT500 car will be replaced for 2022

Nissan has announced that the current-generation of GT-R will be replaced as its GT500 base model for the 2022 SUPER GT season.

Jarvis signs for full IMSA season with Meyer Shank Acura
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Jarvis signs for full IMSA season with Meyer Shank Acura

Oliver Jarvis will remain a full time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver in 2022, having signed up to drive the #60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05.

Against all odds: How Mazda earned its perfect IMSA swansong

The Mazda RT24-P came from three laps down to win its last IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, the 2021 Petit Le Mans. Harry Tincknell, Oliver Jarvis and Jonathan Bomarito reflect on a thrilling race and the end of a chapter in their careers. By David Malsher-Lopez.

Nasr knew Taylor wouldn’t make corner in final-lap lunge

Felipe Nasr says he knew Ricky Taylor wouldn’t be able to pull off his attempt at passing his Action Express Cadillac on the final lap of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Petit Le Mans season finale.

Petit Le Mans IMSA: Mazda wins race, AXR Cadillac takes title Road Atlanta
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Petit Le Mans IMSA: Mazda wins race, AXR Cadillac takes title

A tense final couple of hours saw Harry Tincknell claim Petit Le Mans victory for Mazda in the team’s final IMSA race, while Felipe Nasr held off a hard-charging Ricky Taylor to claim the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title for himself and Pipo Derani.

Petit Le Mans IMSA, H8: Montoya leads with two hours to go

Meyer Shank Racing is leading at Road Atlanta with less than two hours left, with Juan Pablo Montoya holding off the similar Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque.

Corvette’s Taylor slams “clueless” driving in “nightmare” Petit Le Mans

Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor has hit out at “nightmare” driving standards in the 2021 Petit Le Mans, following a seven-car pileup among the GT classes that took him out of the race.

Petit Le Mans IMSA, H5: WTR Acura leads at half-distance

Wayne Taylor Racing is currently on course to win the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as the 10-hour Petit Le Mans reached half-distance, while BMW leads Porsche and Corvette in the GT Le Mans class.

Petit Le Mans IMSA, H2: Bourdais leads Nasr, Corvettes head GTLM

The JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillac of Sebastien Bourdais leads Petit Le Mans after two hours, while the Corvettes run 1-2 in the final ever GTLM-class event.

Bamber to sub for sick Magnussen in Ganassi Cadillac

Earl Bamber has been added to the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac line-up for today’s Petit Le Mans to replace the sickly Kevin Magnussen.

BMW reveals 2022 IMSA GTD Pro entry, LMDh teaser

BMW has announced that it will remain in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year with a two-car GTD Pro entry, while revealing a first teaser of its new LMDh contender.

Petit Le Mans IMSA: AXR’s Nasr edges Mazda to pole by 0.015sec Road Atlanta
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Petit Le Mans IMSA: AXR’s Nasr edges Mazda to pole by 0.015sec

Championship challenger Felipe Nasr claimed pole position for tomorrow’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, putting the #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac on top by just 0.015sec ahead of Mazda’s Harry Tincknell.

Q+A: Alex Lynn on his golden chance of glory with Ganassi

With Chip Ganassi Racing expanding its sportscar program next year to run two Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, Alex Lynn is being given the greatest opportunity of his career. He spoke with David Malsher-Lopez.

Petit Le Mans IMSA: Vautier leads FP3 but rain halts action

Tristan Vautier put JDC Miller Motorsports on top of the times in third practice for Petit Le Mans, before heavy rain sent everyone to the pits long before the 1hr40min session was over.

Petit Le Mans IMSA: Tincknell puts Mazda on top in FP2 Road Atlanta
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Petit Le Mans IMSA: Tincknell puts Mazda on top in FP2

Ahead of Mazda Motorsports’ final race with the RT24-P, Harry Tincknell left it until the dying seconds to put the #55 on top ahead of title contender Felipe Nasr of Action Express Racing.

Corvette IMSA and WEC programs for ’22, customer GT3s in ’24

Corvette Racing has announced it will run full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship entries in 2022, and will offer customer GT3 cars from 2024.

Petit Le Mans IMSA: Nasr tops first practice at Road Atlanta

Felipe Nasr put Action Express Racing at the top of first practice for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s season finale at Road Atlanta.

Rossi feels “a lot of pressure” ahead of Petit Le Mans, Baja

Alexander Rossi says his eagerness to succeed on behalf of others is adding to the pressure of an action-packed few days at the IMSA finale followed by the Baja 1000.

Inging "in two minds" about keeping Lotus Evora for 2022
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Inging "in two minds" about keeping Lotus Evora for 2022

The future of the Lotus Evora in SUPER GT is in doubt as the Inging team which runs the car is considering a model change for the 2022 season. 

BMW drivers aim to send off M8 GTE "in style" at Road Atlanta

BMW's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers are aiming to give the M8 GTE a winning send-off as they gear up for the car's farewell in this weekend's Petit Le Mans season finale.

Duval: JDC-Miller struggles down to financial limitations

Loic Duval says JDC-Miller MotorSports doesn’t have the financial muscle to match the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's top teams following a subdued run of results since its victory in Sebring.

WEC squad High Class Racing enters full IMSA LMP2 season
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WEC squad High Class Racing enters full IMSA LMP2 season

High Class Racing has announced it will take on a full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's LMP2 class in 2022.

Honda can't feel "safe" about SUPER GT title prospects

Honda says it can't feel "safe" about the championship situation in SUPER GT heading to this month's Fuji Speedway finale, despite NSX-GT crews occupying the top three spots in the championship.

Momentum on AXR’s side for IMSA title showdown, says Derani Road Atlanta
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Momentum on AXR’s side for IMSA title showdown, says Derani

Pipo Derani says he and the Action Express Cadillac team head into this weekend’s Petit Le Mans IMSA title decider with “great momentum” as they seek to beat the points-leading Wayne Taylor Racing Acura.

Pacific Ferrari "felt like a GT500 car" during Motegi surge Motegi II
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Pacific Ferrari "felt like a GT500 car" during Motegi surge

The Pacific CarGuy Racing Ferrari was so quick in the first part of last weekend's Motegi SUPER GT round that it "felt like a GT500 car", according to Kei Cozzolino.

Real Racing can be confident of title chances, says Baguette Motegi II
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Real Racing can be confident of title chances, says Baguette

Bertrand Baguette says Real Racing can feel confident about beating its fellow Honda squads to a first SUPER GT title after a strong recovery last weekend at Motegi.

Cars will be turned away from the Bathurst 6 Hour
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Cars will be turned away from the Bathurst 6 Hour

There is set to be competition to get onto the 2022 Bathurst 6 Hour grid thanks to an already oversubscribed entry list.

WeatherTech enter second, all-star GTLM Porsche for Petit

WeatherTech Racing will enter two Porsche 911 RSRs in this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale, Motul Petit Le Mans.