The official entry list for the second and final Super GT pre-season test at Fuji Speedway has been published today, with 43 cars in total – all 15 GT500 teams, and 28 GT300 teams will be present during the two-day test from 27-28 March.
Over on the GT500 side, Hideki Mutoh and Sena Sakaguchi will continue their current roles as substitute drivers after driving at the first pre-season test at Okayama International Circuit held from 6-7 March.
On the eve of the pre-season test at Okayama, Mutoh was asked to take over for Tadasuke Makino at Team Kunimitsu – as defending GT500 co-champion Makino continues an extended recovery period from a case of meningitis suffered in December. The 2013 GT300 champion and longtime Honda factory driver will once again drive the #1 Stanley Honda NSX-GT alongside the two-time and defending GT500 champion Naoki Yamamoto.
Sena Sakaguchi, as he did at Okayama, will once again drive the #37 KeePer TOM’s Toyota GR Supra in place of Sacha Fenestraz – who is still unable to enter Japan due to visa issues and tightened travel restrictions.
With Sakaguchi being asked to stand in for Fenestraz at TGR Team KeePer TOM’s, reigning FIA F4 Japanese Champion Hibiki Taira will once again stand in for Sakaguchi at K-Tunes Racing in their #96 K-Tunes Lexus RC F GT3, highlighting a number of key points on the GT300 side of the entry list.
After missing the Okayama test, Max Racing look set to debut their new #244 Takanoko-no-yu Toyota GR Supra GT300, which will be driven by Atsushi Miyake, Yuui Tsutsumi, and Tsuchiya Engineering Team Director, Takeshi Tsuchiya. On the other hand, R’Qs Motor Sports will forgo the test at Fuji, after completing the fewest laps of any GT300 team during the two days of testing at Okayama.
Giuliano Alesi – a busy young man upon his arrival in Japan – will continue to drive the #35 arto RC F GT3 for arto Ping An Team Thailand, as Nattapong Hortongkum is still unable to enter Japan due to visa restrictions, and looks increasingly unlikely to take part in the upcoming season.
After the Okayama test, Toyota Gazoo Racing Driver Challenge (TGR-DC) academy driver Kazuto Kotaka was announced as the third driver for muta Racing INGING and their #2 Lotus Evora MC. While Kotaka will have a limited role in Super GT this year as he focuses on a championship challenge in Super Formula Lights – he will be testing with his team at Fuji.
Another young third driver added to the mix is 25-year-old Yuta Kamimura, who will join regulars Manabu Orido and Hiroaki Nagai in the fluorescent yellow #30 Toyota GR Sport Prius PHV GT for apr Racing. Kamimura is a four-time runner-up in the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan series, and also drives alongside Nagai in the Super Taikyu Series for Porsche Center Okazaki.
NILZZ Racing have confirmed the return of Taiyou Iida to the team for the Fuji test, and joining their regular crew of Iida and Yuki Tanaka is gymkhana legend Yusaku Shibata, who drove their #48 Shokumou/K’s Frontier Nissan GT-R at Suzuka last October. Rookie gentleman driver Yudai Uchida will once again join Takayuki Aoki and Atsushi Tanaka in the #360 RunUp Rivaux GT-R for Tomei Sports.