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Alesi wins full-time Super Formula and GT500 promotion at TOM’S

Former Formula 1 driver Jean’s son will step up to two senior categories in Japan after the season has spent primarily in the lower GT300 categories of Super Formula Lights and Super GT.

He will also replace Kazuki Nakajima in five of this year’s seven Super Formula races at TOM’S this season and take over his seat full-time in the 2022 campaign. Nakajima chooses to retire completely from the race..

The 22-year-old Alesi won a shocking victory in May with Toms in his second Super Formula. In addition, he won second place in the Super Formula Lights following Teppei Natori.

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In SUPER GT, after a season race with the GT300 class team Tyrexus team, he jumped into the top GT500 category with the # 36 Tom’s lineup that won the title, and teamed up with the new winner Sho Tsuboi.

Veteran Yuhi Sekiguchi, who won the title alongside Tsuboy last month, will move to the SARD Toyota team, where 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix winner Heikki Kovalainen has vacant seats. Last month, it announced that it wouldn’t stay in Japan next year...

The # 37 TOM lineup has also changed, with Ryo Hirakawa leaving the Super GT and focusing on the World Endurance Championship commitment, which was confirmed as a replacement for Nakajima in Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar program, as well as Super Formula and Impul.

Ritomo Miyata, who spent the last two seasons at Racing Project Bandoh, replaced Hirakawa as a partner of Sacha Fenestraz at the # 37 Toyota GR Supra.

Alesi was handed a full-time Super Formula drive and stepped up from GT300 to GT500 in Super GT

Photo: Masahide Kamio

Haruna Sakaguchi will take over Miyata’s seat in the Bando team, winning his first full-time GT500 drive after filling the Fenestraz who missed in TOM’S in five races this season.

In Super Formula, Toyota’s remaining lineup remains the same as in 2021.

Sacha Fenestraz was associated with the possibility of Tom’s promotion, but Kenta Yamashita continued as a teammate instead and remained at Kondo Racing for the third season.

Kamui Kobayashi, who missed all but one Super Formula race this year due to Toyota WEC’s commitment, continues the next season with the KCMG team.

Toyota Super GT lineup

Rookie racing
Kenta Yamashita / Kazuya Oshima

Racing project bandoo
Yuji Kunimoto / Sena Sakaguchi

Toms
Giuliano Aresi / Sho Tsuboi
Sacha Fenestraz / Ritomo Miyata

Selmo
Yuji Tachikawa / Hiroaki Ishiura

SARD
Yuhi Sekiguchi / Yuichi Nakayama

Toyota Super Formula Lineup

Kondo Racing
Kenta Yamashita
Sacha Fenestraz

KCMG
Kamui Kobayashi
Yuji Kunimoto

Rookie racing
Kazuya Oshima

Impul
Yuhi Sekiguchi
Ryo Hirakawa

Toms
Giuliano Aresi
Rito Miyata

Inging
Sho Tsuboi
Sena Sakaguchi

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