News from Japan

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

2020 is D'Station Racing's busiest season yet with their Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage fleet as the Japanese team embarks upon another year within the Super GT Series as a well as a dual GT3 and GT4 entry into the forthcoming Pirelli Super Taikyu Series.

Having also been delayed due to their own COVID-19 lockdown situation in Japan, the Super Taikyu Endurance Series embark upon another pre season test tomorrow at the Fuji Speedway with their two AMR Vantage platforms in readiness for the opening 24hr round of the series at Fuji in early September.

Having tested their latest AMR acquisition at Fuji just a week after receiving the car from Prodrive back in March, all national motorsport in Japan was of course postponed due to their lockdown and only now have teams competing within that series been able to prepare for what will now be a six round series that will now conclude at Suzuka in early January 2021.

Whilst no drivers in either car have yet been confirmed by the team we believe that Tatsuya Hoshino, Manabu Orido and Kenji Hama will be those aboard the #47 GT4 car having been the ones who tested it back in March but we still await those for the #777 GT3 car.

In their parallel Super GT programme, the team have also recently confirmed that AMR factory driver Nicki Thiim shall again be sadly absent from their garage for the second round of that series (again at Fuji Speedway) solely because of the travel restrictions placed upon non nationals entering and re-entering the country. 

His seat within their #9 AMR Vantage GT300 car has again been given to Italian licensed and presently Japan resident Kei Cozzolino after he and usual co-driver Tomonobu Fujii claimed a P10 points finish at the opening round of the season at Fuji two weeks ago.

Photo credits - D'Station Racing
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