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Mugen Honda for switching to Dunlop tires – Motorsports

Since returning to SUPER GT in 2017, MUGEN has used Yokohama Rubber to achieve the first Top 3 finish in Motegi last year.

However, the team still ended their relationship with Yokohama and aimed to form a partnership with Dunlop, which supplied only Nakajima Racing last year.

This year, GT500 rookie Toshiki Oyu will replace Honda’s longtime driver Hideki Mutoh and Ukyo Sasahara at the same time as Mugen renews its driver lineup.

With this move, Dunlop won the SUPER GT’s two top-class cars for the first time since 2010, when both the Nakajima and SARD Lexus teams used British brand products.

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On the other hand, Yokohama is scheduled to be represented only by Nissan team Kondo Racing and Toyota Costume Racing Project Bando in 2021, which is the lowest number of GT500 cars since 2016.

Continue testing in Okayama

The GT500 runner’s pre-season test will continue this week, running for two days in Okayama with 12 cars participating. Honda and Toyota put all their cars on the truck, but Nissan is represented only by Team Impul.

Real Racing Honda driver Bertrand Baguette has been active for the first time this year after returning to Japan from Europe and missing a Fuji Speedway test last month due to a forced quarantine period.

However, Team Kunimitsu’s Tadasuke Makino has yet recovered from meningitis and has not been driving this week. Tom’s Toyota driver Sacha Fenestraz is also absent.

The test continues this week in Okayama for two days running for several Yokohama and Dunlop GT300 runners-with the Subaru team who have not yet officially announced the new BRZ. Team LeMans newly announced by the efforts of Motoyama Racing Audi..

Okayama Exam Entry List

Honda: # 1 Team Kunimitsu (Naoki Yamamoto), # 8 ARTA (Tomoki Nojiri / Nirei Fukuzumi), # 16 Team Mugen (Ukyo Sasahara / Fumiki Oyu), # 17 Real Racing (Bertrand Baguette / Koudai Tsukakoshi), # 64 ( Takuya Izawa) / Hiroki Otsu)

Toyota: # 14 Rookie Racing (Kenta Yamashita / Kazuya Oshima), # 19 Racing Project Bando (Yuji Kunimoto / Ritomo Miyata), # 36 Tom’s (Yuhi Sekiguchi / Sho Tsuboi), # 37 Tom’s (Yuji Hirakawa), # 38 CERUMO (Hiroaki) Hiroaki Ishiura / Yuji Tachikawa), # 39 SARD (Heikki Kovalainen / Yuichi Nakayama)

Nissan: # 12 Team Impul (Nobuharu Matsushita / Kazuki Hiramine)

– Motorsports

Mugen Honda for switching to Dunlop tires

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