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Toyota names Super Formula drivers for the 2021 season – Motorsports

TOM’S chose last year’s Super Formula Lights champion Miyata as partner Kazuki Nakajima to focus on Formula E after Cassidy finished the series.

Miyata made two starts last year at Okayama and Autopolis. Nakajima was unable to participate due to the mission of the Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship.

Another important change in 2021 is Sena Sakaguchi from SF Light Exchange Hiroaki Ishiura who retired due to inging, Joined Sho Tsuboi.

Honda Junior Sakaguchi was drafted in place of Kenta Yamashita, who missed Okayama, but crashed on a warm-up lap and could not get off to a start.

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The rest of Toyota’s team will drive the same drivers as in 2020.

Ryo Hirakawa and Yuhi Sekiguchi will enter the fourth season as teammates at Impul, Sacha Fenestraz will pair with Yamashita at Cond Racing, and KCMG will maintain Kamui Kobayashi with 2016 champion Yuji Kunimoto.

Ryo Hirakawa (Itochu Enex Team Impul)

Photo: Tomohiro Yoshida

Inging’s third car, running under the rookie racing flag, will be piloted again by Kazuya Oshima.

However, whether WEC drivers Kobayashi and Nakajima will be able to fully participate in this year’s Super Formula remains questionable due to ongoing travel restrictions.

There are no planned conflicts between the two series, The opening round of the WEC Sebring Season may be rescheduled on the same weekend (April 3-4) as the Fuji Super Formula Curtain Razor or the weekend before it...

In the event of a conflict, WEC will prevail and TOM’S and KCMG will need a replacement driver. The June Sugo round will also take place just one week after the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which can cause problems if current quarantine rules are applied.

Toyota hasn’t announced a sci-fi light driver yet, but TOM’S ran Miyata’s 2020 teammate Kazuko Odaka with Japanese F4 champion Hibiki Hira in a post-season test last month.

Less than Last week’s announcement of most Honda Super Formula drivers, 2021 grid has 3 sheets not yet filled. Two for B-Max Racing and one for Team Mugen.

2021 Super Formula Grid so far:

engine

team

driver

Toyota

Inging / CERUMO

Japan Sho Tsuboi

Japan Hiroaki Ishiura

Japan Kazuya Oshima

KCMG

Japan Yuji Kunimoto

Japan Kamui Kobayashi *

Toms

Japan Kazuki Nakajima *

Japan Rito Miyata

Impul

Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi

Japan Ryo Hirakawa

Kondo Racing

Japan Kenta Yamashita

France Sascha Fenestras

Honda

Dandelion Racing

Japan Nirei Fukuzumi

Japan Tadasuke Makino

Team Mugen

Japan Tomoki Nojiri

TBA

Nakajima Racing

Japan Naoki Yamamoto

Japan Toshiki Oyu

Dragokors

Columbia Tatiana Calderon

B-Max Racing

TBA

* May miss race due to Toyota WEC commitment

– Motorsports

Toyota names Super Formula drivers for the 2021 season

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