Sometime Renault, McLaren and also Lotus Formula 1 racer Kovalainen is heading right into his 6th project as component of Toyota’s SUPER GT lineup, sticking with the SARD team with which he won the title in2016 He will certainly once more companion Yuichi Nakayama.
The Finnish motorist made obvious of his exasperation after a difficult 2019 project in which he and also Nakayama fell short to match the various other Lexus teams, with a success in damp problems at Autopolis noting both’s only platform surface of the year.
For 2020, the Lexus LC500 has actually been changed by the GR Supra, which Kovalainen had the possibility to example at Sepang last month throughout a personal suppliers’ examination.
The 38- year-old stated he was motivated both by just how the vehicle done in Malaysia and also by adjustments made at SARD over the winter months, consisting of the arrival of a new group supervisor in the kind of three-time GT500 champ Juichi Wakisaka.
“I’m proud and grateful to be able to be able to continue in this world-class and extremely competitive championship with Team SARD for this new season,” stated Kovalainen.
“By partnering Yuichi momentarily period, we can concentrate on the growth of the new GRSupra Juichi signed up with as a supervisor and also the design team has actually been reinforced.
“The sensation of the GR Supra in Sepang progressed in an excellent instructions, and also the adverse points of the Lexus LC500 have gone.
“Although I’m concerned about the momentum of our rivals, I feel that with the strengthening of our team, if we can perfectly apply the finishing touches to the car, we can fight for the title.”
Wakisaka reaches SARD, where he competed in 2012-13, fresh from managing the now-defunct Team LeMans team’s GT500 title success in 2019.
Other vital visits at the group for 2020 consist of Takafumi Kondo as the entrant rep and also Narunobu Makino as the primary designer.
Wakisaka stated: “The vehicle and also the design team have transformed considerably, yet our objective is constantly to make those that sustain our objective of winning the collection title smile.
“In the top-level globe of SUPER GT, it is difficult to go one action even more. But we will certainly aim to produce an atmosphere in which the group is well ordered, motorists and also staff member have a solid interest, and also every person can show their abilities and also beam.”
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