Very last 7 days, series organisers released a checklist of motorists that will take part in the 3-working day check, which begins on Tuesday, but unusually with out specifying which workforce they will be driving for.
However, on the eve of check it has turn into clear which groups each individual driver will be in action for, with Toyota acquiring presently verified its full driver line-up for the 2022 marketing campaign.
The only transform is Giuliano Alesi landing a complete-time seat at TOM’S in position of Kazuki Nakajima, who is retiring from racing altogether to just take up a management purpose with Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe.
Nakajima nonetheless was named on past week’s driver checklist and will get some jogging this 7 days sharing Rookie Racing’s sole entry with the team’s normal driver Kazuya Oshima.
KCMG has also verified that Atsushi Miyake will share a car with Yuji Kunimoto for the initial two times of the take a look at prior to driving by yourself on the third day, which is reserved for rookie motorists.
In the Honda camp, one of the primary changes from the 2021 line-up is sequence runner-up Nirei Fukuzumi going from Dandelion Racing to the a single-auto Drago Corse crew, changing Tatiana Calderon.
Fukuzumi’s place at Dandelion alongside Tadasuke Makino is taken for this take a look at by Hiroki Otsu, who moves throughout from Group Mugen.
Tremendous Formula Lights graduate Ren Sato takes about Otsu’s place at Mugen upcoming to 2021 champion Tomoki Nojiri, even with the backlash that followed his involvement in the incident at Fuji Speedway that price tag Honda’s Naoki Yamamoto the Super GT title.
Toshiki Oyu stays at Nakajima Racing alongside Yamamoto for now even with possessing been linked to a transfer in other places for the 2022 marketing campaign, while Ukyo Sasahara stays a notable absentee from the check line-up.
Nobuharu Matsushita is on the other hand predicted to take part with B-Max inspite of not currently being named on past week’s driver listing.
Tremendous Method Lights testing took area on Monday at Suzuka, with TOM’S driver Kazuko Kotaka location the speed throughout the two classes in advance of Honda junior Kakunoshin Ota for B-Max.
Ota was a single of a few Honda Japanese F4 graduates in action on Monday alongside Iori Kimura and Shun Koide, who were being fourth- and fifth-fastest respectively at the rear of B-Max’s Matsushita.
Kimura and Koide each put in 1 session each individual driving for Toda Racing and B-Max, with both equally setting their fastest moments driving for the latter workforce, when Ota put in the overall working day with B-Max.
UPDATE: The formal entry record was unveiled on Tuesday morning at Suzuka. Nojiri is entered in the two Mugen cars, even though Hibiki Taira will travel for Rookie Racing in Thursday morning’s rookie-only periods.
Sato and Miyake are the only other individuals established to be in action on Thursday, which is reserved for drivers who have manufactured three Tremendous Components commences or less.
Suzuka check entry record (December 7-9):
* Only jogging on Thursday