TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Presentsits 2024 motorsport team setups in Japan

Itumeleng Garebatshabe
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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) announced its 2024 motorsport team setups in Japan at the CITY CIRCUIT TOKYO BAY facility in Tokyo on December 12. “Morizo” (Chairman Akio Toyoda), Tomoya Takahashi, President of GAZOO Racing Company, and the drivers leading the TGR activities in Japan joined the attendees. A live broadcast featured updates on new challenges for the 2024 season and TGR’s racing team setup, in addition to the history of TGR and the significance of its motorsport engagements.

■ Major Results for the 2023 Race Season

SUPER GTGT500 Class
– Team champion TGR TEAM au TOM’S
– Drivers’ champions Sho Tsuboi / Ritomo Miyata (TGR TEAM au TOM’S)
Japanese Super Formula ChampionshipDrivers’ champion Ritomo Miyata (VANTELIN TEAM TOM’S)
Japanese Rally ChampionshipJN1 Class
– Ranked 2nd Norihiko Katsuta / Yusuke Kimura (GR YARIS JP4-RALLY2)

<SUPER GT>

GT500 Class

  • TGR will participate with the GR Supra GT500 again in 2024.
  • We will support six teams (six vehicles) through TOYOTA CUSTOMIZING & DEVELOPMENT Co., Ltd. (TCD).
  • Nirei Fukuzumi and Toshiki Oyu will join the TGR driver line-up in 2024.
TeamVehicleNo.DriverTires
TGR TEAM ENEOS ROOKIEENEOS X PRIME GR Supra14Kazuya Oshima (Japan)BS
Nirei Fukuzumi (Japan)
TGR TEAM WedsSport BANDOHWedsSport ADVAN GR Supra19Yuji Kunimoto (Japan)YH
Sena Sakaguchi (Japan)
TGR TEAM au TOM’Sau TOM’S GR Supra36Sho Tsuboi (Japan)BS
Kenta Yamashita (Japan)
TGR TEAM Deloitte TOM’SDeloitte TOM’S GR Supra37Ukyo Sasahara (Japan)BS
Giuliano Alesi (France)
TGR TEAM KeePer CERUMOKeePer CERUMO GR Supra38Hiroaki Ishiura (Japan)BS
Toshiki Oyu (Japan)
TGR TEAM SARDDENSO KOBELCO SARD GR Supra39Yuhi Sekiguchi (Japan)BS
Yuichi Nakayama (Japan)

Tires = BS: Bridgestone YH: Yokohama

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GT300 Class

  • The team set-up for the GT300 class will be announced at a later date.

<Japanese Super Formula Championship>

  • TRD (Toyota Racing Development) will supply 11 vehicles from six teams with two-liter in-line four-cylinder direct injection gasoline turbo engines (TRD 01F).
  • All vehicles will be equipped with tires produced by Yokohama.
  • Théo Pourchaire, who was recent crowned 2023 FIA Formula 2 champion, Nirei Fukuzumi and Toshiki Oyu will join TGR driver line-up in 2024.
TeamNo.Driver
KONDO RACING3Kenta Yamashita (Japan)
4Kazuto Kotaka (Japan)
Kids com Team KCMG7Kamui Kobayashi (Japan)
8Nirei Fukuzumi (Japan)
docomo business ROOKIE14Kazuya Oshima (Japan)
ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL19Théo Pourchaire (France)
20Yuji Kunimoto (Japan)
VANTELIN TEAM TOM’S36Sho Tsuboi (Japan)
37Ukyo Sasahara (Japan)
VERTEX PARTNERS CERUMO・INGING38Sena Sakaguchi (Japan)
39Toshiki Oyu (Japan)

<Japanese Rally Championship>

We will hone human resources, with Toyota Motor Corporation employees participating as the team principal, engineers, and mechanics, whilst continuing to make ever-better motorsports-bred cars and engaging in activities to broaden the base of rally fans.

  • Following on from 2023, Tomoyuki Shinkai and Yuichi Ando will again compete in the GR YARIS GR4 DAT Rally, which is equipped with a next-generation sports automatic transmission (DAT) that is currently under development, to hone the cars and their major components in the JN1 class, the top category of the Japanese Rally Championship.
Team nameTOYOTA GAZOO Racing
Vehicle/classGR YARIS GR4 DAT Rally/JN1 class
Main specificationsEngine1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder intercooler turbo
Drive system“GR-FOUR” sport 4WD system
Driver/Co-driverTomoyuki Shinkai/Yuichi Ando

<Super Taikyu series / Nürburgring>

  • We will participate in endurance races in Japan and abroad with the purpose of making ever-better motorsports-bred cars and developing human resources through motorsport.
  • In the Super Taikyu series, in addition to the above, we will continue to take up the challenge of expanding new options to achieve carbon neutrality with “purposeful passion and action”.
  • At the Nürburgring, we will challenge our car and team by making spot entries in the NLS series and preparing for our entry in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race from 2025 onwards.
Professional driver line-upGuliano Alesi (France)
Hiroaki Ishiura (Japan)
Kazuya Oshima (Japan)
Tatsuya Kataoka (Japan)
Naoya Gamo (Japan)
Shunsuke Kohno (Japan)
Masahiro Sasaki (Japan)
Sho Tsuboi (Japan)
Takamitsu Matsui (Japan)
Kenta Yamashita (Japan)
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Itumeleng is the Managing Editor of The Auto Magazine. He is a tech and car enthusiast