Former F1 racer Kovalainen joins Japanese Super GT series


Former Formula 1 racer Heikki Kovalainen will race in the Japanese Super GT series this season.

Kovalainen, whose last F1 appearance came for Lotus at the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix as a stand-in for Kimi Raikkonen, confirmed on Friday that he will make the move to Japan in 2015.

The Finn will race a Lexus RC-F for Team SARD in the GT500 class of the Super GT series.

“I replied immediately when I received the offer from SARD because I knew that Super GT is a high level, competitive and interesting race series like no other in the world,” said Kovalainen.

The 33-year-old will share the #39 Lexus with Kohei Kirate, and will form part of a six-team Lexus entry in the series.

“At the test the other day, I drove the Lexus RC F with Super GT spec for the first time and got the impression that it is a very stable, fast machine.

“It’s a small team with a family atmosphere. Each member was very professional and Kohei [team mate] is a nice guy too.

“I am delighted with the opportunity to compete at the Super GT with this team, in front of everyone in Japan. I would like to express my gratitude to Toyota TRD also.”

The Japanese Super GT series kicks on April 5 at Okayama.

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Toyota Media


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