Familiar faces Nagai and Kamimura return for Fanatec Japan Cup assault with Porsche Center Okazaki

17 March 2022

Hiroaki Nagai, Yuta Kamimura and Porsche Center Okazaki are the latest Japanese GT3 combination to confirm a Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia Powered by AWS entry for the coming campaign.

The Nine Racing-run outfit, which was previously known as ARN Racing, contested a full season in 2019 with the same Porsche 911 GT3 R that now tackles this year’s four Fanatec Japan Cup rounds at Suzuka, Fuji, Sugo and Okayama.

The Pro-Am pairing previously claimed a best result of third overall on home soil at Suzuka and have also scored two class wins and a pole position together. They’ve remained busy since then by contesting the domestic GT endurance series, Super Taikyu, from which more Fanatec Japan Cup entries have already and are expected to emerge.

“Together with Nine Racing I’ve played a part in every Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia Powered by AWS season to date and the new Fanatec Japan Cup provides a great opportunity to do so again,” said Nagai who raced a Ferrari in 2017/18. “Yuta-san and I were really competitive with the Porsche in 2019 so it made perfect sense to return with the same combination and try to win the Fanatec Japan Cup. We know first-hand how strong some of the other entries are but our previous experience of the championship should give us an early advantage.”

SRO Motorsports Group’s new Fanatec Japan Cup concept, which awards points to Japanese Pro-Am and Am crews at two thirds of this year’s events, has also attracted the likes of BMW Team Studie, ABSSA, D’Station Racing and CarGuy Racing.

Yogibo Racing’s Silver crew are also contesting the full-season campaign, which begins at Sepang on May 20-22 before concluding following the four Japanese events at Mandalika in October.