After picking up his first point of the season last weekend, GT Sport World Champion Igor Fraga could have been forgiven for some optimism in Barcelona this week. Indeed in our exclusive interview, the Brazilian was looking forward to more progress and putting the memories of the first few races behind him.
Brazilian GT Sport world champion Igor Fraga may currently be leading the Toyota Racing Series, but already his eyes are on the next stage of his motorsport career. This summer he’ll move up to his highest level of competition yet, in the FIA Formula 3 Championship.
Brazil’s Igor Fraga is going to have a busy schedule this year. Not only will he be defending his title in the 2019 FIA-Certified Gran Turismo Championship, he’ll be duking it out on track in a full-blown open-wheel race car.
The grand finale of the 2016 All-Japan Formula 3 open-wheel series wrapped up this past weekend, but not in a way many of us may have expected. Despite heading into the final weekend at Sportland Sugo with a points lead, GT Academy graduate Jann Mardenborough lost the title by only three points to Kenta Yamashita after a hard-fought final three rounds.
Okayama International Speedway brought an interesting turn of events for the 2016 All-Japan Formula 3 season. An unfortunate off-course excursion combined with mechanical difficulty during the second qualification session forced Jann to start from behind. Not being able to reach for the points, Jann would face a drastic reduction in the championship lead he had worked so hard to build.
With only two race weekends left on the calendar, the 2016 season of the All-Japan Formula 3 open-wheel series is slowly coming to a close. Normally, this puts enormous pressure on drivers whose overall standing depends on a point or two. Jann Mardenborough has managed to avoid this unpleasant position by winning the last two races at Motegi. This perfect weekend brought Jann a comfortable advantage over his rivals, and brings him one step closer to claiming the championship title.
Soaked weather conditions greeted drivers of the All-Japan Formula 3 open-wheel series as they entered the 9th round of the series, taking place at Fuji Speedway. Although the weather stabilized by the time the field entered the qualification round, the track still wasn’t dry enough to allow for a full-on slick tire compound. These conditions, however, did not stop Mardenborough from performing well.
The battle for All-Japan Formula 3 Championship title is heating up. After a successful 6th round at Okayama International Circuit during which Jann managed to grab his first victory, an ill-fated collision penalty handed out at the 7th round at Suzuka slightly hurt his successful progress.
All-Japan Formula 3 Championship is a small open-wheel series that takes place at various landmark circuits all over Japan. Each weekend drivers are required to tackle two rounds per course (for total of 16 rounds) if they want to claim the title at the end of season. Well known 2011 GT Academy graduate Jann Mardenborough is one of the drivers currently taking part in this interesting event.
It is never too late to share the latest developments in motorsport circles involving GT Academy graduates. Today’s spotlight is reserved for 2011 GT Academy graduate Jann Mardenborough, who recently won his first GT300 race in the second round of the 2016 Super GT season.