Ryo Hirakawa

Ryo Hirakawa

1994-03-07 (age 27)


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Hirakawa admits Toyota WEC test is “quite a big chance”

Ryo Hirakawa has acknowledged his upcoming test outing in Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar at Portimao this month is a “big chance” to revive his career on the international stage.

Hirakawa "lucky" to suffer DNF in half-points race

Ryo Hirakawa admits the timing of his first non-finish of the 2021 Super Formula season at Autopolis is "lucky" given only half points were awarded in the rain-shortened race.

Hirakawa needed "two or three more laps" for Fuji win Fuji
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Hirakawa needed "two or three more laps" for Fuji win

TOM'S Toyota SUPER GT driver Ryo Hirakawa thinks he and Sena Sakaguchi could have won Tuesday's Fuji 500km race had it been "two or three laps longer".

Hirakawa explains pitstop that cost TOM'S Okayama win

Ryo Hirakawa has explained what exactly happened during the mid-race pitstop that cost the TOM’S Toyota team a likely victory in the SUPER GT season opener at Okayama.

Hirakawa: Luck 'not on my side' in Fuji opener

Ryo Hirakawa admits that luck wasn't on his side in last weekend's Super Formula season opener as he finished fourth behind an all-Honda top three at Fuji Speedway.

Honda runners out of reach at Fuji, admits Hirakawa

Ryo Hirakawa says there was no way he could have matched the Honda drivers in qualifying for Super Formula's season opener at Fuji Speedway, as Toyota continues to struggle with a top speed deficit.

Hirakawa wary of threat from sister TOM'S Toyota

Ryo Hirakawa admits he is likely to face a bigger challenge from the other side of the TOM'S garage in SUPER GT this season after the #36 Toyota GR Supra set the fastest time in last weekend's Fuji Speedway test.

Toyota Super GT drivers fear "tough" 2021 season

Toyota SUPER GT ace Ryo Hirakawa admits he expects a "tough" season in 2021 with a schedule less well-suited to the GR Supra than last year's unorthodox calendar.

Striking new colours for Impul Super Formula team

Super Formula stalwart team Impul has revealed a striking new black-and-gold livery ahead of the 2021 season.

The Top 10 Super GT/Super Formula drivers of 2020

One driver may have walked away with the top prize in both SUPER GT and Super Formula season, but there was no shortage of other standouts in one of the most intense and dramatic years on the Japanese domestic scene in recent memory.

Hirakawa has "no regrets" about falling short of title Fuji
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Hirakawa has "no regrets" about falling short of title

Ryo Hirakawa insists he has "no regrets" about coming up two points shy of his first Super Formula title after losing out to Naoki Yamamoto in last weekend's title-deciding race at Fuji Speedway.

Yamamoto hails "fair" Hirakawa after title-deciding battle Fuji
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Yamamoto hails "fair" Hirakawa after title-deciding battle

Naoki Yamamoto has lavished praise on his defeated rival Ryo Hirakawa following their fight in the Fuji Speedway finale that determined the outcome of their title battle.

Hirakawa resigned to chance of second Fuji title defeat

Ryo Hirakawa says that the bitter experience of losing the SUPER GT title at Fuji Speedway means he's taking nothing for granted ahead of this weekend's final Super Formula round at the same track.

Hirakawa concerned by "scary" Suzuka punctures

Joint Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa has expressed his concerns at the number of punctures seen in last weekend's Suzuka double header following the introduction of tyre warmers.

Sasahara: Video doesn't tell story of huge Suzuka crash Suzuka
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Sasahara: Video doesn't tell story of huge Suzuka crash

Ukyo Sasahara has offered his version of the huge Turn 1 crash in Saturday's Suzuka Super Formula race, saying the reality on the race track was "completely different" to that suggested by the TV pictures.

Hirakawa using Super Formula to forget Super GT heartbreak

Ryo Hirakawa says he is using this weekend's Suzuka Super Formula double-header as an opportunity to "forget" his painful defeat in last weekend's SUPER GT title-decider.

The fuel error that cost Hirakawa the Super GT title

The chief engineer for the #37 TOM’S Toyota has shouldered the blame for the fuel shortage that cost Ryo Hirakawa the SUPER GT title.

Super Formula tyre warmer ruling draws sceptical reaction

Super Formula points leader Ryo Hirakawa admits he is sceptical about the championship's move to allow the use of tyre warmers for the final three rounds of the season.

Hirakawa frustrated to lose chance to win from 19th

Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa believes a slow pitstop cost him the chance of winning from 19th on the grid at Autopolis.

Hirakawa hails Yamashita's Motegi Super GT turnaround

Ryo Hirakawa has praised his new TOM’S Toyota teammate Kenta Yamashita for his turnaround in Sunday’s Motegi SUPER GT race.

Super GT drivers criticise safety car "lottery" at Motegi

SUPER GT drivers have expressed their frustration at the timing of the safety car period at Motegi, as a caution period strongly influenced the outcome for a second race in a row.

Hirakawa sad to lose Cassidy for Super GT title run-in

TOM’S Toyota title contender Ryo Hirakawa says he is disappointed not to be able to complete the SUPER GT season alongside Nick Cassidy.

How Toyota’s LMP1 reject became a formidable force

Ever since being passed over for a Toyota LMP1 drive, Ryo Hirakawa has been steadily building his reputation in his native Japan – to the point where he deserves consideration for another crack at the big-time.

Fenestraz admits "we messed ourselves up" at Fuji

Sacha Fenestraz admits the #36 TOM'S Toyota crew "messed ourselves up" in last weekend's Fuji SUPER GT race as he and Yuhi Sekiguchi lost ground in the championship.

Breaking down the clash of the TOM’S teammates at Motegi

One of the biggest talking points of last weekend’s SUPER GT race at Motegi was the clash between the two TOM’S Toyotas, an incident which could have significant championship ramifications at the end of the season.

Yamashita fears TOM'S fightback in Super GT decider

SUPER GT points leader Kenta Yamashita says he is wary of a TOM'S revival in Sunday's Motegi title-decider after missing out on pole position in the Team LeMans Lexus.

How Cassidy can do the Super Formula/Super GT double

The 2019 SUPER GT title fight is going down the wire, with two Lexus teams engaged in a titanic scrap heading into this weekend’s Motegi season finale. And whichever driver pairing comes out on top will make history in one way or another, as Rachit Thukral explains.

TOM'S pair bullish of Super GT title chances

TOM'S Lexus drivers Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa are confident of overhauling the points-leading Team LeMans squad in the final two rounds of the SUPER GT season, as they chase a second title in three years.

Lexus, Nissan unveil star line-ups for DTM finale

Lexus and Nissan have revealed their driver line-ups for the DTM finale at Hockenheim, following the announcement that Jenson Button will drive for Honda at the same event.

Honda favouring Button car would be “natural” - Cassidy

Nick Cassidy says it would only be “natural” for Honda to use team orders in support of Jenson Button and Naoki Yamamoto’s title bid in the Super GT finale at Motegi.

Will Button prevail in Motegi Super GT showdown?

This year’s Super GT title fight has proven one of the closest in recent years, with Jenson Button and Naoki Yamamoto heading into the Motegi finale this weekend equal on points with Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa.

Cassidy: Experience could be key in Button title fight

Defending Super GT champion Nick Cassidy believes the experience he gained last year could prove crucial in his title battle with ex-Formula 1 star Jenson Button and Naoki Yamamoto.

Autopolis Super Formula: Hirakawa scores maiden pole

Ryo Hirakawa claimed his maiden Super Formula pole position at Autopolis amid an improved showing from Toyota, but will start fourth on the grid after a penalty.

Portimao ELMS: G-Drive Racing secures 2017 title

G-Drive Racing’s Memo Rojas and Leo Roussel clinched the European Le Mans Series title with fourth place at the Portimao finale.

Buriram Super GT: Hirakawa/Cassidy take points lead with win

Lexus TOM'S duo Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa eased to victory in a wet-dry Super GT race at Buriram, taking the championship lead in the process.

Buriram Super GT: Hirakawa, Cassidy claim pole by 0.049s

Team TOM'S duo Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy topped a close Super GT qualifying session at Buriram, which ended with Lexus, Nissan and Honda separated by just 0.113s at the front.

Monza ELMS: G-Drive wins despite late penalty

The #22 G-Drive crew of Ryo Hirakawa, Memo Rojas and Leo Roussel claimed victory in the ELMS 4 Hours of Monza, despite being hit by a drive-through penalty for a Full Course Yellow infringement.

Silverstone ELMS: United Autosports pips G-Drive to victory

United Autosports began the 2017 European Le Mans season with a thrilling victory in the 4 Hours of Silverstone, with Filipe Albuquerque snatching the win on the penultimate lap.

Okayama Super GT: Hirakawa, Cassidy win season opener

The Team TOM’S duo Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy won the opening round of the new Super GT season at Okayama, as Lexus squads locked out the top six.

Spielberg ELMS: Thiriet by TDS scores second straight win

The #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing car of Pierre Thiriet, Mathias Beche and Ryo Hirakawa took a confident second straight European Le Mans Series victory at Spielberg.

TOM'S Lexus cruises to Super GT opener win

Andrea Caldarelli and Ryo Hirakawa braved difficult conditions at Okayama to take the first Super GT win of the season.

PAC: ART Okayama summary

Strong performance of Asia Racing Team in Okayama Asia Racing Team's Yuichi Nakayama finished 3rd in the Race 2 of the Formula BMW Pacific in Okayama, after setting the Pole-Position time and being stripped of Race 1 victory, while his teammate ...

PAC: Series Okayama race 2 report

Wong earns maiden Formula BMW Pacific win in Japan. Okayama, Japan - Calvin Wong (MAS/18/PETRONAS Mofaz Racing) won his maiden Formula BMW Pacific race after taking victory in Round 14 at the 3.7km Okayama International Circuit in support of the ...

PAC: ART set Okayama and Macau driver line-up

Asia Racing Team announces driver line up for Okayama and Macau Asia Racing Team are pleased to announce that Yuichi Nakayama and Ryo Hirakawa will drive for the team in the final races of the 2011 Formula BMW Pacific season in Okayama and ...