Jamie Klein
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Jamie Klein

Jamie Klein is one of Motorsport.com’s Global News Editors, reporting primarily on the FIA World Endurance Championship, Super Formula and SUPER GT. He took his first steps into motorsport journalism in 2013 as a freelancer before joining Motorsport Network full-time in April 2015 as UK Editor. In 2016, he moved into a more wide-ranging role as he became a regular in the paddocks of the WEC and MotoGP. After a two-month trip to Japan in late 2018 gave him his first taste of reporting live on Super Formula and SUPER GT, he made the move to Tokyo permanently in October 2019, and covered every round of the country’s two top series in 2020. Away from motorsport, he is studying the Japanese language and can often be found relaxing in an ‘onsen’ (Japanese hot spring) or gorging on ramen, occasionally at the same time. He can be found on Twitter at @JamieKlein_.

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Calderon, Floersch set to race as a duo at Monza

Tatiana Calderon and Sophia Floersch are set to become the first prototype drivers since 2018 to contest a six-hour FIA World Endurance Championship race as a duo next month at Monza.

Tandy, Vanthoor join KCMG for Spa 24h title defence 24 Hours of Spa
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Tandy, Vanthoor join KCMG for Spa 24h title defence

Nick Tandy and Laurens Vanthoor will defend their Spa 24 Hours title next month in a works-supported Porsche fielded by the KCMG squad.

Calado "quite surprised" to beat Porsche in Portimao

Ferrari's James Calado admits he was "quite surprised" to beat Porsche in Sunday's FIA WEC Portimao 8 Hours considering the pace advantage the German marque appeared to hold.

Super Formula has 'no real desire' to bring back refuelling
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Super Formula has 'no real desire' to bring back refuelling

Super Formula has indicated it has no real desire to bring back refuelling even after the justification of the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

Portimao WEC: Toyota in control at half-distance Algarve
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Portimao WEC: Toyota in control at half-distance

Toyota's pair of Le Mans Hypercars held the advantage over the Alpine LMP1 as the Portimao 8 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round reached the halfway mark.

Magnussen: Ending eight-year win drought "really special" Detroit
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Magnussen: Ending eight-year win drought "really special"

Formula 1 outcast Kevin Magnussen says ending an eight-year winless run in Saturday's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round in Detroit feels "really special".

Portimao WEC: LMP2s fastest again in FP2, di Resta quickest Algarve
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Portimao WEC: LMP2s fastest again in FP2, di Resta quickest

LMP2 cars locked out the top three places in Saturday morning’s second practice session for this weekend’s Portimao FIA World Endurance Championship round, as United Autosports' Paul di Resta set the overall pace. 

The junior driver Honda (probably) regrets letting go of

Toyota youngster Sena Sakaguchi has been making waves in both SUPER GT and Super Formula this year. His performances might be giving his former employer Honda food for thought, says Jamie Klein.

The epic finale to the Le Mans 'diesel wars' - 10 years on
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The epic finale to the Le Mans 'diesel wars' - 10 years on

The latest entry in our My Favourite Race series looks back at one of the closest finishes in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours, which also marked the final heavyweight encounter between Audi and Peugeot.

Scherer to miss Portimao WEC after positive COVID test Algarve
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Scherer to miss Portimao WEC after positive COVID test

United Autosports LMP2 driver Fabio Scherer has been forced to sit out this weekend's Portimao FIA World Endurance Championship round after testing positive for COVID-19.

Alesi keeps seat for Sugo, Calderon still on sidelines Sugo
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Alesi keeps seat for Sugo, Calderon still on sidelines

Super Formula's newest race winner Giuliano Alesi will contest a third successive race next weekend at Sugo as Japan's travel restrictions continue to prevent several series regulars from taking part.

Baz move shows MotoAmerica's level, says Gerloff

World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff believes that Loris Baz’s move to MotoAmerica this year shows the high level of the domestic American Superbike championship.

Yokohama sure "catastrophic" 2020 form now behind it

Yokohama is convinced that its SUPER GT race pace has taken a step forward compared to what it labelled as a "catastrophic" 2020 campaign.

Marco Andretti to make IMSA debut with family team

Marco Andretti will make his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut later this month as he teams up with cousin Jarett for the Sahlen's Six Hours of Watkins Glen.

BMW showed M6 still fast on Nurburgring farewell - van der Linde

BMW showed its ageing M6 GT3 could be competitive in the car’s final front-line Nurburgring 24 Hours outing, says ROWE Racing’s Sheldon van der Linde.

Cancelled Suzuka IGTC race won't be replaced

The Intercontinental GT Challenge season will comprise just three races this year following championship organiser SRO's decision to not replace the cancelled Suzuka 10 Hours.

Estre: Nurburgring 24h win payback for near misses

Porsche GT ace Kevin Estre says the Manthey Racing squad's victory in last weekend's Nurburgring 24 Hours "feels really good" following his near misses on the Nordschleife in 2018 and 2019.

Why the Super Formula title battle looks as good as over

The recent news that Ryo Hirakawa won't be on the grid for next weekend's fourth round of the Super Formula season at Sugo has Jamie Klein wondering if the title battle is already as good as over.

Nurburgring 24h: Manthey Porsche wins shortest-ever edition

The Manthey Porsche squad scored its seventh Nurburgring 24 Hours in what was the shortest-ever running of the famed German event.

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.

Suzuka SUPER GT round to clash with Le Mans 24 Hours

The postponed Suzuka round of the SUPER GT season has been rescheduled for late August, creating a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Honda WSBK's challenger losing time "in all areas"

Honda's World Superbike challenger is losing out to its rivals "in all areas" and there is no one single focus for future improvement, according to Alvaro Bautista.

Hirakawa handed surprise Toyota hypercar test chance
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Hirakawa handed surprise Toyota hypercar test chance

Ryo Hirakawa has been handed an unexpected chance to drive Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar in a test following the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Portimao. 

WEC set for largest grid since 2012 at Monza Monza
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WEC set for largest grid since 2012 at Monza

The FIA World Endurance Championship has released a bumper 38-car provisional entry list for next month's third round of the season at Monza.

Ricky Taylor to act as Oreca LMP2 reserve at Le Mans

Dominant LMP2 chassis supplier Oreca has named IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title-winner Ricky Taylor as a reserve driver for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Honda admits 'leak' fears behind Matsushita refusal

Honda has revealed that fears of a “leak” to Nissan were behind Nobuharu Matsushita being initially not allowed to represent the manufacturer in Super Formula this season.

Razgatlioglu "doesn't understand" jump-start penalty

Yamaha World Superbike rider Toprak Razgatlioglu says he "doesn't understand" why he was given a double long-lap penalty in the final race of the weekend at Estoril after he jumped the start.

Rea: Estoril no longer a "bogey" track after wins

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says Estoril is no longer his “bogey” track after scoring a brace of wins at the Portuguese track on Sunday.

Redding “pissed off with myself” after costly Estoril crash

Scott Redding admits he wasn’t patient enough in his battle for victory with Jonathan Rea as he crashed out of the final race of the Estoril World Superbike weekend.

Estoril WSBK: Rea wins final race as Redding crashes Estoril
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Estoril WSBK: Rea wins final race as Redding crashes

Jonathan Rea won the third and final race of the Estoril World Superbike weekend to extend his championship advantage, as Scott Redding crashed shortly after being passed by his rival.

Estoril WSBK: Rea beats Razgatlioglu to win Superpole Race Estoril
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Estoril WSBK: Rea beats Razgatlioglu to win Superpole Race

Jonathan Rea scored his third race win in five World Superbike races so far this season with a victory over Toprak Razgatlioglu in Sunday morning's Superpole Race at Estoril.

Estoril WSBK: Redding takes victory after tyre gamble Estoril
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Estoril WSBK: Redding takes victory after tyre gamble

Ducati rider Scott Redding secured victory in the first victory of the Estoril World Superbike weekend after gambling on Pirelli's soft-compound SCX rear tyre.

Estoril WSBK: Rea beats Redding for back-to-back poles

Jonathan Rea made it two pole positions from two events in the 2021 World Superbike season so far as he beat Scott Redding to the top spot in qualifying at Estoril.

Kobayashi: Hydrogen car finish 'like a win in the old days'

Kamui Kobayashi says that Toyota's hydrogen-powered car finishing last weekend's Fuji 24 Hours is an achievement comparable to a "win in the old days" of endurance racing.

Project 1 withdraws one car from Portimao WEC race Algarve
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Project 1 withdraws one car from Portimao WEC race

The Project 1 Porsche squad has withdrawn one of its two GTE Am entries from next month's second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season at Portimao.

Long SUPER GT races are great – so let’s have more of them

A pulsating final stint in the Fuji 500km earlier this month has left Jamie Klein wondering how SUPER GT might be able to find ways to recreate that drama more regularly throughout the season.

TOM'S: Sakaguchi could replace Fenestraz for full season

The TOM'S SUPER GT squad admits that replacement driver Sena Sakaguchi may end up replacing Sacha Fenestraz for the entire season in the #37 Toyota GR Supra.

Ducati 'raised eyebrows' at Redding slick tyre call Aragon
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Ducati 'raised eyebrows' at Redding slick tyre call

Ducati World Superbike rider Scott Redding says his team "raised their eyebrows" when he told them he wanted to use slick tyres ahead of his victory in the final race of the weekend at Aragon.

Toyota gives hydrogen car successful debut in Fuji 24 Hours

Toyota has said it wants to use motorsport to promote hydrogen as a viable alternative to electric cars following a successful debut for its hydrogen-powered Corolla Sport in last weekend's Fuji 24 Hours.

Super Formula drivers call for Autopolis changes

Leading Super Formula drivers have called for changes to be made to the Autopolis circuit following this month's rain-shortened race.

Bautista unsure improved Honda ready to win races

Alvaro Bautista is unsure Honda's World Superbike project is ready to win races despite the improvements made to the Fireblade ahead of this weekend's Aragon curtain-raiser.

Makino could feel "big difference" with Dandelion car

Tadasuke Makino says he could feel a "big difference" in his first race weekend with his new Super Formula team Dandelion Racing, despite the atrocious conditions at Autopolis.

The championship going its own way with race numbers

While just about every championship in motorsport has gone down the route of allowing drivers or teams to choose their own race numbers, one series in Japan has caused a stir by moving in the opposite direction for 2021.

Gerloff "in a really good place" for sophomore WSBK season

American rider Garrett Gerloff says he feels "in a really good place" ahead of the start of his sophomore World Superbike campaign with the GRT Yamaha squad.

Vergne to make ELMS return at Paul Ricard

Two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne will return to the European Le Mans Series after a year's absence in next month's Paul Ricard round.

Duval set to miss Portimao WEC due to IMSA clash

Loic Duval is set to miss next month's second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Portimao owing to a clash with his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship commitments.

Yamamoto upbeat at Autopolis despite worst 2021 finish

Reigning Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto says he finally felt "progress" with his Nakajima Racing last weekend at Autopolis, despite scoring his worst finish of the so far.

TOM'S boss says Alesi Super Formula win allayed doubts Autopolis
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TOM'S boss says Alesi Super Formula win allayed doubts

TOM’S boss Nobuhide Tachi says that Giuliano Alesi’s shock Super Formula win at Autopolis has allayed doubts he had pre-season that the Frenchman was ready to race in the series.

How Giuliano Alesi has reinvented himself in Japan Autopolis Prime
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How Giuliano Alesi has reinvented himself in Japan

A relatively modest set of results in Formula 1's support categories meant Giuliano Alesi was at a crossroads at the end of 2020. Landed in Japan's second-tier Super Formula Lights category, an unexpected opportunity to try his hand in the main series yielded a shock maiden win that suggests he shouldn't be written off just yet.

Matsushita hails B-Max progress after Autopolis podium

Nobuharu Matsushita says the B-Max Racing Super Formula squad has "raised its standards" since its comeback to the series after scoring a shock podium from 13th on the grid at Autopolis.

Nasr says AXR's fuel-saving strategy was "too extreme"

Felipe Nasr says his Action Express Racing Cadillac team's fuel-saving strategy was "a little too extreme" after losing out to the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura in Sunday's Mid-Ohio IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.

Rea eager to clear 100th win landmark early in season

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says he is eager to reach the milestone of 100 race victories in the series as early as possible in the 2021 campaign.

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.

Five factors that enabled Alesi's first Super Formula win

In just his second Super Formula start, TOM'S substitute Giuliano Alesi converted pole position into victory at a soaking Autopolis. Here, we pick out five key factors that set the Frenchman up for an unlikely triumph.

Heavy fog threatens Autopolis Super Formula race

Sunday's third round of the Super Formula season has been thrown into doubt as a result of a thick blanket of fog descending on Autopolis.

Alesi: First Super Formula pole "reward for tough times" Autopolis
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Alesi: First Super Formula pole "reward for tough times"

Giuliano Alesi says he is “over the moon” after clinching his maiden pole position in Super Formula, and feels it is a “reward for the tough times” he faced during his previous stint in Europe.

Autopolis Super Formula: Alesi takes shock pole in wet Autopolis
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Autopolis Super Formula: Alesi takes shock pole in wet

Giuliano Alesi sensationally scored his maiden pole in only his second weekend as a Super Formula driver during a wet, crash-strewn qualifying session for this weekend's Autopolis round.

Risi announces Le Mans line-up, will race at Monza

Risi Competizione has announced its full driver full line-up for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, while also confirming an entry into the preceding round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Monza.

Huff makes WTCR return with Zengo Cupra squad
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Huff makes WTCR return with Zengo Cupra squad

Rob Huff will make his return to the FIA World Touring Car Cup this year after a season away with the Zengo Motorsport Cupra squad.

Mardenborough on Super GT: “I will be back for sure”

Jann Mardenborough has declared that he “will be back for sure” in SUPER GT in the future following his surprise dismissal by Nissan at the end of last year.