On Wednesday, Callaway Competition and Bingo Sports revealed the livery and announced their complete driver lineup for the upcoming Suzuka 10 Hours to be held 24-26 August at Suzuka Circuit.
The Suzuka 10 Hours will be the Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R’s competitive debut in Japan, and having just arrived in Japan a few weeks ago, the #37 Corvette will be wrapped in a maroon, blue, and white livery with prominent sponsorship from steel manufacturer Fujimaki Group, and Italian watchmaker Bulgari.
The team will be headed by Shinji Takei, who first came to prominence as the CEO and founder of Bingo Sports, Japan’s most prominent collector and exotic car dealership, and of BH Auction, the first Japanese-based collector car auction.
But Takei is also a capable gentleman racer in his own right, starting his career in 2014 in the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan. In 2017, he won the overall PCCJ Championship against a field headlined by young rising stars such as Porsche Scholarship driver, Yuta Kamimura, who finished runner-up to Takei, and Yuichi Mikasa, who finished third in the championship.
Now, Kamimura and Mikasa will join Takei in a unified front: Three Porsche Carrera Cup stars in a very different car, the front-engined, 6.2 litre, V8-powered, Corvette C7 GT3-R.
25-year-old Yuichi Mikasa (above, left) brings with him winning experience in single-seaters and in touring cars. Mikasa won the JAF Formula 4 East Series championship in 2014, then stepped up to PCCJ in 2016 as the Porsche Scholarship driver, where he finished runner-up to champion Tsubasa Kondo.
This year, Mikasa is racing in the one-make Inter Proto Series, which he’ll skip the next round, to be at Suzuka for the 10H.
The same applies for 23-year-old Yuta Kamimura (right), who spent two years with the Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) Racing team in the FIA F4 Japanese Championship in 2015 and 2016, before switching gears to PCCJ, winning the Porsche Scholarship in 2017 and again in 2018.
Kamimura also has experience in the Asian Le Mans Series, driving for TKS Racing in the LMP3 class at the 4 Hours of Fuji this past December.
The additions of Kamimura and Mikasa, both excellent Silver-rated drivers, to compliment Bronze-rated Takei will make the Callaway/Bingo Sports Corvette one of the more potent Am-class entries in the Suzuka 10 Hours field.
Images courtesy of Bingo Sports