Tokyo, November 29, 2021 – Subaru Corporation is pleased to announce that Subaru has clinched its first-ever series championship at Super GT with the all-new Subaru BRZ GT300.
Subaru Tecnica International (STI),*1 a motorsports subsidiary of Subaru Corporation, competed in the Fujimaki Group Fuji GT 300 km Race, round 8 (final race) of the Super GT 2021 series, held on November 28 at the Fuji International Speedway racing circuit in Shizuoka, Japan. STI’s Subaru BRZ R&D Sport*2 team entered the race with the Subaru BRZ GT300 (Takuto Iguchi/Hideki Yamauchi) and claimed the third step on the podium, winning their first series championship.*3
Super GT, renamed from Japan GT Championship in 2005, is one of the most popular motorsport categories in Japan today. STI teamed up with R&D Sport and started competing in the GT300 class from the 2009 series with the Legacy B4 GT300. Starting from the 2012 series, the team has been competing with the Subaru BRZ GT300. Following the full revamp of the Subaru BRZ, they debuted a new machine this season.*4 Now in their thirteenth year competing in the race, the team won their first-ever series championship.
The team general manager and drivers commented as follows on winning the series championship.
Masahiro Ozawa, team general manager
“I’m just so relieved that we were able to grab the championship in the inaugural year for our new machine. Although we struggled during the first half of the season, unable to get good results despite having a fast car, I’m glad our teamwork paid off in the end. The final race was highly competitive until the very end, but our drivers held up extremely well.”
Takuto Iguchi, driver
“It took a while to get used to the new Subaru BRZ during the first half of the season, but thanks to the backup from Hideki and support of our team staff, we were able to win the championship in the end with everyone giving their all. The Subaru team is the best, and I want to keep winning with this team
Hideki Yamauchi, driver
“It was really amazing to see the team working hard to improve the machine without giving up. It was such a pleasure to drive while feeling the passion of everyone on the team. Also, my first child was born this year, so winning the championship has made this year all the more memorable. I’d like to thank our fans for their support over all these years. I’m counting on their support going forward as well.”
*1: Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (President: Yasuo Hiraoka; Mitaka City, Tokyo)
*2: R&D Sport Co., Ltd. (President: Shinji Motojima; Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
*3: 2021 series championship in the GT300 class
*4: Debuted in round 1 of the 2021 season at the Okayama International Circuit.
*5: Competed from 2009 to 2011 with the Legacy B4 GT300, and from 2012 onward with the Subaru BRZ GT300.
*6: Competed only in rounds 6, 7, and 9.
*7: Okayama International Circuit (Okayama), Fuji International Speedway (Fuji), Suzuka Circuit (Suzuka), Twin Ring Motegi (Motegi), and Sportsland Sugo (Sugo)