Fuji Speedway, July 14: Though the grids may not be as big as one might hope (13 cars split across two classes) the competition in the All-Japan F3 Championship is nevertheless fierce. While most attention is paid to the Champion class and its Dallara F312 chassis, campaigned most successfully by TEAM TOM'S, the National class (F306 N) is being utterly dominated by Mitsunori Takaboshi, who until the Fuji round, had scored seven poles, seven fastest laps and seven victories - from the first seven races of the 2013 season!
Fuji Speedway, July 14: Just weeks after winning his first Le Mans 24 Hours, Loic Duval was back in Super Formula action at Fuji Speedway on July 13-14. Securing pole position (his seventh in the series), the Frenchman looked set for the race win until his pitstop was deemed illegal, and he had to serve a drive-through penalty.
Sepang, Malaysia, June 17: The GT300 class reached another milestone at the Sepang round, when not one but both of the new Honda CR-Z machines, fielded by two different teams, ended up locking out the front row of the grid in a dominant display in qualifying. On the grid, the #55 ARTA entry led the #16 MUGEN car off the line.
Sepang, Malaysia, June 16: History was made in Sepang as J.P. de Oliveira and Tsugio Matsuda each scored their third victory in the midsummer Malaysian event. The weekend started out strong when the TEAM IMPUL squad planted the blue machine at the top of the timesheets in both official qualifying sessions.
Tokyo, May 4: A completely revised and updated RACENOW Japan website went online today. Featuring coverage of Japan’s top motorsport and historic motoring series and events, the site is the broader world’s portal to what’s going on in the Japanese motorsport scene.
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Shizuoka, April 29: Round 2 of the 2013 SUPER GT was a runaway success for Toyota's Lexus brand as no fewer than a quartet of its SC430 machines took the top four places in the GT500 class after 110 closely-fought laps round the famous circuit located at the base of Mt. Fuji. Rival manufacturers Nissan and Honda could fare no better than fifth (CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R) and seventh (Round 1 winners, RAYBRIG HSV-010 GT), respectively.
Shizuoka, April 28: This season's opening round in SUPER GT at Okayama may have been all about Nissan and Honda, but when the most popular spectator sport in the country visited Fuji Speedway over the Golden Week holidays, it was Toyota that asserted itself as a pair of the world's largest volume car maker's SC430s locked out the front row on the grid for the 500km race the following day.
Suzuka, April 21: The second annual Ferrari Racing Days saw a bumper crowd of over 24,000 fans of the iconic marque gather at world-renowned Suzuka Circuit over the April 19-21 weekend. With on-track racing action, static displays of some of the most valuable examples of the brand and passenger rides in the Prancing Horse's latest creations, it was a festival of fun for aficionados.
Okayama, April 7: The season-opening round at Okayama International Circuit over the weekend was a nail-biter right to the finish as the pole-starting NISSAN GT-R of Masataka Yanagida came under increasing pressure from a pair of Honda HSV-010 GT entries in the closing stages of the two-hour event.
Okayama, April 6: Reigning double GT500 drivers' champions Ronnie Quintarelli and Masataka Yanagida got their 2013 SUPER GT season off to the best start possible when the pair netted pole position for the season-opening round at Okayama International Circuit.
Tokyo, March 26: Japan’s top formula car series, the newly-named Super Formula (nee: Formula Nippon) had its launch, driver and team presentations in central Tokyo.
Okayama, March 16-17: The first official test of the 2013 SUPER GT season was held at Okayama International Circuit for two days, March 16 and 17, with a total of eight hours’ track time (four two-hour sessions) given to competitors.
Tokyo, March 15: Students from over two dozen universities in the Kanto region visited Nihon University’s Ochanomizu campus for a special seminar on damper technology, given by Dr. Rainer Kirchner, Senior Manager at Germany’s ZF Race Engineering GmbH.
Yokohama, February 26: The long-anticipated launch of NISMO’s new global motorsports headquarters was held amid much fanfare when the purpose-built facility was christened by Nissan/Renault alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn in front of a throng of domestic and international media.