This year at Fuji Speedway, Team Hitotsuyama and Richard Lyons will be looking to go one better than last years hotly contested race which saw them finish second in what was one of the most gripping SuperGT finishes of recent memory. Preparation is well underway on Lyons’ Audi R8 to get ready for one of the biggest races on the SuperGT calendar and to banish the cloud hanging over the team from round 1. With last rounds demons now behind them, the next task ahead is to battle this iconic Japanese circuit for 500 kilometres, with each lap weighing in at a 4.563Km. This race will is one of the longest and most gruelling on both car and driver, and with one of the longest straights in motorsport and big elevation changes throughout, Lyons and his R8 will be put to the test once again in front of 100,000 motorsport fans this coming Thursday.
Richard Lyons: “The “Golden Week” race at Fuji Speedway is always one of the biggest races of the year. It is also the second longest at 500km. Last time out at Fuji we almost secured the win on the last lap after chasing down the leader only to fall short by less than 0.1 seconds! This time, we’re hoping to put the messy start we have made to the season behind us and push for the podium. Yanagida San will definitely be on form this weekend so I feel good things abound for this Thursday’s race.”
About Richard Lyons:
Born In 1979 in Hillsborough Northern Ireland, Richard started on his racing career at an early age with Karting. After winning at every level of Karting from Cadet to Senior it was time to move up.
In 1996 Richard moved into the the junior ranks of Formula Junior Vauxhall in Britain. Winning the 1996 winter championship in his first season was a great result and the next three years Lyons rose the ranks.
1997 finishing third and winning the prestigious young driver of the year award. ’98 & ’99 proved to be even better years with Richard recording two consecutive second place championship finishes and also winning the young driver of the year for the second season in a row.
Although primarily Racing in Japan, Richard had brief periods between teams to compete in various other race series’ around the world. Racing for Ireland in the short lived international A-1 open wheeled series along side some of the best drivers from Indy Car and F-1 aswell as taking his skills down under to win in Australia in their V8 supercars championship, winning at the Gold Coast 600.bBut after a brief Hiatus in Japan, Richard Lyons returned as Team leader of a famous Racing house in GT300 here in Japan By the name of “Hitotsuyma Racing” a team well known for its racing history and with hopes of building a team and leaving his mark.
In 2015 Richard raced in an amazing 3 GT series across the globe, GT Asia, SuperGT and more. He races with Hitostsuyama Racing in Japan and Craft Bamboo Racing in Asia.