The Super GT champion shaped by two Toyota rejections
Once seemingly destined for Formula 1, two-time SUPER GT champion Kohei Hirate is determined to prove his worth with Nissan after ending up on the receiving end of not one but two career-changing Toyota rejections.
Rejection is an inevitable part of almost every racing driver’s career, whether it’s from sponsors, teams or manufacturers. Few are the drivers that are blessed with the backing and prodigious talent needed to ascend the single-seater ladder all the way from karting to Formula 1 (or their desired career destination) without ever being told ‘no’.
But for two-time SUPER GT champion Kohei Hirate, rejection by the same organisation on two occasions – a decade apart – has pretty much defined a career which can be neatly split into three chapters, each separated by some puzzling Toyota decision-making.
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