Real Racing withdraws from 2020 Super Formula season

Jamie Klein
motorsport.com

The team issued a brief statement confirming the move on Thursday, less than two weeks before the start of pre-season testing at Suzuka.

Real had been set to field a solo Honda-powered entry in the championship again this year after Koudai Tsukakoshi drove for the team for the majority of the 2019 campaign.

Tsukakoshi was drafted in after French driver Tristan Charpentier was dropped by the team after a single race and took a best finish of seventh in the Suzuka finale.

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No driver had been confirmed for Real when Honda's 2020 roster was unveiled in January.

The team says it will focus on its Honda SUPER GT effort with Tsukakoshi and Bertrand Baguette this season with the aim of rejoining the Super Formula field in 2021.

Its statement read: "We are aiming to be back on the Super Formula stage next season. We would like to thank our fans, sponsors, and stakeholders, it was pleasure to have their support. Please wait momentarily until our Super Formula activity begins again.

"We will put 110 percent into SUPER GT and come together as a team to get victory this season. We truly thank you for your support."

Real's withdrawal means only the second TOM'S seat alongside Kazuki Nakajima, occupied last year by series champion Nick Cassidy, remains unconfirmed for 2020.

It also reduces the size of the Honda-powered contingent to nine cars, two less than the 11-strong Toyota stable, for a total of 20 cars on the grid.

2020 Super Formula line-up so far:

Toyota

 

 

 

 

Inging

Japan
Japan

 Sho Tsuboi

Japan
Japan

 Hiroaki Ishiura

Japan
Japan

 Kazuya Oshima

KCMG

Japan
Japan

 Yuji Kunimoto

Japan
Japan

 Kamui Kobayashi

TOM’S

Japan
Japan

 Kazuki Nakajima

TBA

Impul

Japan
Japan

 Yuhi Sekiguchi

Japan
Japan

 Ryo Hirakawa

Kondo

Japan
Japan

 Kenta Yamashita

France
France

 Sacha Fenestraz

Honda

Dandelion

Japan
Japan

 Naoki Yamamoto

Japan
Japan

 Nirei Fukuzumi

Drago Corse

Colombia
Colombia

 Tatiana Calderon

Mugen

Estonia
Estonia

 Juri Vips

Japan
Japan

 Tomoki Nojiri

B-Max with Motopark

Brazil
Brazil

 Pietro Fittipaldi

France
France

 Charles Milesi

Nakajima Racing

Japan
Japan

 Tadasuke Makino

Japan
Japan

 Toshiki Oyu

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