After a rather successful season with KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG), the Hong Kong-based team has confirmed that Kamui Kobayahi will once again drive for them in Super Formula this 2018. Woohoo!
Yes, the ex-BMW/Sauber/Caterham Formula 1 and current Toyota Gazoo Racing driver is back. This time though, thanks to his new car stereo sponsor, the squad will run as ‘Carrozeria Team KCMG’ throughout the season. And like last year, he’ll be running the team’s blue-and-white #18 SF14 in the 7-event calendar.
Kobayashi managed to score 16.5 points in the 2017 season and came 5th in the overall driver’s championship. He also nearly won a race at Motegi, but a botched pit stop dropped him down to 2nd. Still, it wasn’t so bad as it was the team’s very first podium in Super Formula. EVER.
It’ll be yet another busy year for Kobayashi. Aside from competing in Super Formula, he also has driving duties with Toyota Gazoo Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) plus Lexus Team Sard in Super GT 500. If you sum everything up, he’ll be competing on 20 weekends throughout 2018.
Kamui Kobayashi: “I’m very happy to be back with KCMG this year. We had a promising run last season and managed to wrap up the championship in seventh place. That was a massive step forward for the team and our aim is to return stronger and better in 2018. I’m also very pleased to welcome Pioneer carrozzeria, who will serve as our new partner in the upcoming season. I’m confident that we will have a formidable year ahead and I cannot wait to be back with the team for this challenge.”
Ryuji Doi, KCMG Head of Motorsport: “We are delighted that Kamui will be back to join us in our Super Formula 2018 campaign and once again, we’d like to extend our gratitude to Toyota for allowing this to happen. We are also thrilled to welcome Pioneer arrozzeria as our new partner for 2018 and in line with our new campaign with the brand, we will be running as carrozeria Team KCMG in the upcoming season. We’re confident of a strong year ahead and we’ve already started preparations to ensure that Kamui will be geared with the best car possible.”