Cassidy set to miss final two Super GT races of 2020

Jamie Klein
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Reigning Super Formula champion Cassidy signed a deal to drive for Envision Virgin Racing in the all-electric championship following his star appearance for the Audi customer team in the rookie test in Marrakesh earlier this year.

However, the revised schedules for this year’s SUPER GT and Super Formula calendars in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic created the danger of a clash with the New Zealander’s preparations for the 2020/21 Formula E campaign.

Sources have confirmed to Motorsport.com that Cassidy left Japan shortly after last weekend’s Suzuka SUPER GT race to participate in a two-day private test with Envision Virgin at the Magione circuit in Italy.

#37 KeePer TOM'S GR Supra

#37 KeePer TOM'S GR Supra<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
#37 KeePer TOM'S GR SupraMasahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio

Cassidy and Hirakawa are currently second in the SUPER GT standings, just a single point behind Cerumo Toyota pair Sho Tsuboi and Kazuya Oshima.

Should Cassidy be unable to race at Motegi or Fuji, Hirakawa will be left to fight for a second title individually alongside a new teammate in the #37 TOM’S Toyota GR Supra.

The favourite to fill the seat vacated by Hirakawa is defending champion Kenta Yamashita, who gave up his SUPER GT drive this season to focus on his commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Super Formula.

Yamashita already made one appearance in SUPER GT this season driving for the SARD Toyota team in the opening round at Fuji, replacing the absent Heikki Kovalainen.

Kenta Yamashita(#39 DENSO KOBELCO SARD GR Supra)

Kenta Yamashita(#39 DENSO KOBELCO SARD GR Supra)<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
Kenta Yamashita(#39 DENSO KOBELCO SARD GR Supra)Masahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio