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FIA GT1 World Championships

Wednesday 3rd April 2013


  • Firman leads five car Super GT attack
  • Honda Team revs up for FIA World Endurance Championship

Firman leads five car Super GT attack

The opening round of the spectacular Japanese SUPER GT Series blasts off this weekend (6-7 April) at the Okayama International Circuit with Honda aiming to recapture its dual drivers’ and teams’ championship titles.

Five significantly developed Honda HSV-010 GTs are contesting the premier GT500 class with a driver line-up including former F1 star Ralph Firman. The Anglo-Irish driver won the SUPER GT title with Honda back in 2007 and this year joins one time IndyCar driver Kosuke Matsuura in the number 8 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri entry.

First introduced at the start of the 2010 campaign, the HSV-010 GT is a purpose-built, front engined, rear-driven coupe powered by a 3.4-litre, normally aspirated V8 producing around 500bhp.

Although the HSV-010 GT has been upgraded over the winter, this is its final season as Honda has already announced plans to introduce a competition version of its new ‘NSX Concept’ for the GT500 class in 2014 ahead of production models.

Honda Team revs up for FIA World Endurance Championship
Silverstone-based Strakka Racing has completed its final preparations for this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. The team completed more than 200 trouble-free laps with its new Honda Performance Development ARX-03c during a weather-interrupted two-day test at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Southern France last week.

It was the first time the team had run its upgraded 2013 specification HPD ARX-03c car at a race track, and was encouraged with the progress it made in understanding the car’s new wider front Michelin tyres, front suspension geometry, steering configuration and front aero package.

Despite wet weather limiting running on both mornings, and dense fog curtailing the team’s planned night time session, drivers Nick Leventis, Danny Watts and Jonny Kane together completed a total test distance of close to 800 miles.

Strakka Racing’s technicians are now busy analysing all the technical data and driver feedback in the final run-up to the opening round of the series – the 6 Hours of Silverstone – on Sunday 14 April and thereafter the Le Mans 24 Hour classic in June.

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