Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Honda (ARTA) and Ralph Firman parts company in Super-GT

According to Autosport Japan magazine, Honda via ARTA have decided to part company with english racer and ex-F1 driver Ralph Firman. Firman have been with the ARTA team racing in the GT-500 class of Japan's Super GT championship for many years, winning at least one driver & manufacturer title and delivering countless race wins and pole positins. Also confirmed to be leaving ARTA is team-mate Yuji Ide, this time confirmed via his personal homepage at

Note that at this time however, news of Ralph Firman's leaving is only from Autosport and Honda has not yet issued an official press release confirming his departure. As the Super GT championship nears its start later this year, Honda will issue press statements detailing their challenge - teams using the new HSV 010GT race car, as well as drivers and team personnel. We will publish the official announcements when that becomes available.

In the meantime, Team Kunimitsu have already announced their intention to continue with their drivers lineup of Takuya Izawa and Naoki Yamamoto during the Tokyo Auto Salon on January 15th last week. This has also been posted on the official Super GT website.

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