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Toyota GR Supra crew will be penalized for engine replacement

In last month’s Sugou race, only two of the six GR Supra finished, the # 19 Racing Project Bandoh, # 38 CERUMO and # 14 rookie racing cars all retired due to mechanical problems and the # 37 Toms car eliminated. it was done. # 39 SARD Delayed following contact with Supra.

Motorsport.com reported last week that # 37 and # 38 Toyota were set to take a new engine. Following these issues, for Autopolis, and breaking news released Friday night confirmed that both cars and the # 14 Supra certainly took their third power unit this season.

The SUPER GT rules stipulate that the GT500 crew can only use two engines each season, and Toyota had already installed a second engine in all six cars at Sugo.

In other words, Ryo Hirakawa / Sacha Fenestraz (# 37), Yuji Tachikawa / Hiroaki Ishiura (# 38), Kazuya Oshima / Kenta Yamashita (# 14) all three crew members have a 5-second stop-and-go penalty. Must be imposed. race.

Sugo Retirement of the # 19 Bando Machine was due to a fuel leak, but both # 38 and # 14 cars suffered a turbo failure due to a clogged debris in the air intake system.

Takahiro Sasaki, the boss of TCD’s engine division, said the issue had some impact on all six Supras and that measures were taken to prevent the problem from recurring at Autopolis.

“There were more debris than expected [at Sugo] This meant that the air filter was clogged, causing problems with the turbo and engine, “Sasaki told the Japanese version of Motorsport.com.

“Given that I ran in Sugo without any problems in the days of Lexus LC and RCF, the problem seems to be on the bodywork side. [Kazumoto] Yuasa [TCD head of car development] We are taking measures. “

Like the three Toyotas facing stop-and-go penalties in the Sunday race, there is the # 360 Tomei Sports Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 that had to take a new chassis for Autopolis. The team was disqualified from the previous race at Sugo because they ignored the penalty for pit stop violations.

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