Kawaai’s role aboard the team’s GT300 class #52 Toyota GR Supra GT300 alongside Hiroki Yoshida will seemingly be taken by sequence faded Taku Bamba, who will construct his first SUPER GT inaugurate since 2018.
A press liberate from the team acknowledged Kawaai is currently recovering at dwelling and that the the relaxation of the team contributors’ PCR assessments came support unfavorable.
Jap System 4 graduate Kawaai made his SUPER GT debut final year for the Saitama Toyopet squad, scoring two wins alongside Yoshida to attain 2d in the GT300 drivers’ standings behind Kondo Racing Nissan pair Joao Paulo de Oliveira and Kiyoto Fujinami.
The duo currently lie third on this year’s standings after three races with two third-role finishes at Okayama and Motegi.
Bamba, 39, in the period in-between returns to the team he raced for plump-time in 2017 and ’18 sooner than being replaced for 2019 by Yoshida. Before that, he used to be a GT300 champion in 2011 with the Goodsmile Racing team.
Due to his outing of the sequence, Bamba have to scuttle SUPER GT’s ‘rookie take a look at’ in Saturday’s free rehearsal, which for sure draw winding up 10 consecutive laps at a insist tempo.
Yoshida and Bamba slump into this weekend’s whisk carrying 66kg of success ballast, courtesy of the 22 parts scored by the team to this level.
The two crews that collectively lead the standings, Naoya Gamou/Togo Suganami (LEON Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3) and Katsuyuki Hiranaka/Hironobu Yasuda (Gainer Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3) each and every elevate 75kg of extra weight.