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Team JLOC Completes 2020 Super GT Grid With Driver Announcements

Lamborghini factory driver Dennis Lind joins Kogure, Couto, and Motojima for 2020 season

Ever-present Super GT competitors Team JLOC (Japan Lamborghini Owners Club) have firmed up their driver crews for their pair of Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evos, completing the roster of teams and drivers that will take part this season.

Lamborghini Squadra Corse factory driver Dennis Lind will partner Yuya Motojima in the number 87 T-Dash Huracán GT3, while 2010 GT500 Drivers’ Champion, Takashi Kogure, will continue to pilot JLOC’s number 88 Huracán, alongside 2015 GT300 Champion André Couto.

Lind, 27, called it a dream come true to race in Super GT when the official entry list was updated on Monday. “Ever since I played GT64 on the Nintendo, I always wanted to race in this fantastic championship. It’s hard to describe the feelings in words, and I’m utmost grateful for this opportunity,” said the young Dane.

Lind’s CV includes 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo World and European titles, and the inaugural 2018 GT World Challenge Asia GT3 Championship. He is the nephew of Jan Magnussen, the cousin of Kevin Magnussen, and his fellow countryman Nicki Thiim (Pacific-D’Station Racing) will join him on the grid, as part of a crop of eleven rookie drivers starting their first full GT300 campaigns.

His new co-driver, 28-year-old Yuya Motojima, arrives in 2020 off the back of his best-ever Super GT campaign, with two third-place finishes, five top-tens, and a final result of seventh in the GT300 Drivers’ Championship alongside Kogure in the number 88 JLOC car.

Speaking of Kogure, the 39-year-old former Honda factory racing star will embark on his second GT300 campaign with Team JLOC after a strong showing in his first effort.

And he’ll be partnered with another long-time veteran with winning experience in both classes – as 43-year-old André Couto moves over to the 88 car after winning the Fuji 500 Miles last August, the crowning achievement in his return to Super GT after a back injury sustained in 2017.

Couto, Motojima, and Yusaku Shibata recently wrapped up Team JLOC’s debut campaign in the Asian Le Mans Series. While they fell short of a berth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, they still enjoyed a successful year – third in the GT Class standings, with a win in the rainy 4 Hours of Sepang.

With that, the GT300 grid is set for 2020 – though with COVID-19 postponing and cancelling events in Japan left, right, and centre, the series’ first official test will be barred from spectators, and the opening round at Okayama International Circuit, scheduled for 12 April, is still under consideration.

Image courtesy of the GT Association (GTA)