D'Station Racing back behind the wheel this weekend at Super Taikyu Test Day

Friday, February 26, 2021

Just a week after concluding their first racing duties of the year at the final double header round of the Asian Le Mans Series at Yas Marina last weekend, it will be back to business for many of the returning contingent of the Japanese based D’Station Racing this weekend as they attend the first official test weekend for their domestic Super Taikyu Series.

With the final round of last years delayed 2020 season being cancelled due to the escalation of their national COVID-19 situation and honours being awarded to the class leading cars by the end of the penultimate round, the sole Japanese team again return with both an Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 and GT4 with an unchanged driver line up in either car.

Team boss Satoshi Hoshino again pairs up with Tomonobu Fujii and Tsubasa Kondo in the #777 ST-X Class GT3 whilst Tatsuya Hoshino, Max Orido, Takuro Shinohara and Kenji Hama all return in the team’s #47 ST-Z classed AMR GT4 having potentially missed out on a championship winning finale with the cancellation of last season’s finale.

Tomorrow’s test will see four sessions running between 10:00hrs and 20:00hrs local at the Fuji International Speedway circuit and will be critical for all teams as this year has seen the Series swap to the Hankook tyre.

In what will be a very busy year for the team having stepped up to a full season in an AMR Vantage GTE in the World Endurance Championship, it appears that the team may have had to sacrifice their continued participation within the Super GT Series as a price worth paying for the national and world racing programme.

The Super Taikyu Series is due to start at the end of March at Motegi and will cover five more rounds (interrupted by a further Series test at Fuji in April) before concluding at Okayama in November.

Update - Appears that the team elected not to run the Vantage GT3 at this non-mandatory test after members of team who recently returned from Abu Dhabi were still serving a voluntary period of self isolation

Photo credits – D’Station Racing

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