Exciting French-Argentine racing talent Sacha Fenestraz will become a professional Toyota driver for the 2020 season, marking a significant and well-earnt milestone in the 20-year-old’s career.
Toyota recognised the talent of the 2019 Japanese Formula 3 Champion and have selected him to represent them in Japan’s two premier classes, Super GT and Super Formula. The Japanese-based outfit has a rich history of developing world-renowned racing drivers and competes at the highest levels of motorsport across the globe.
With an exciting year ahead, Sacha will fly the flag for Toyota in the fiercely contested and one of the world’s top motorsport championships – Super GT500.
Having scored a podium in his debut year racing GT cars – an impressive feat for a rookie – Sacha will compete under championship-winning team TOM’S Racing in the #36 GT500 machine. Partnering with Yuhi Sekiguchi, the pair will pilot the Toyota Supra in 2020 as they visit eight world-class circuits including Suzuka and Fuji Speedway.
Toyota is pushing Sacha further by choosing him to tackle another discipline – this time strengthening his partnership with Kondo Racing in Super Formula.
The championship is one of the world’s toughest single-seater categories. The series has produced a long list of incredibly successful racing drivers, including seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher.
Super Formula prides itself with producing top-level racing talent and this year Sacha will tackle a seven-round calendar with Twin Ring Motegi among the tracks he will visit.
Having already shown his strong race craft and talent in formula cars and sports cars, Sacha can look forward to a year competing in some of the world’s most challenging championships whilst his career continues to go from strength-to-strength.
« Becoming a Toyota-backed driver is a hugely proud moment for me and it’s a great opportunity, » Sacha says. « It’s fantastic to be racing in Super GT and Super Formula. It’s a combination that will test me mentally and physically, however I am excited for the challenge to begin.
« I am working with two great teams who have lots of experience in the two series, so I am confident that 2020 will be a good year for us. Now, I am just preparing myself as much as I can for the first rounds. »
Fraser Sheader of ADD Management echoes Sacha’s excitement.
« It’s been a really good few years for Sacha. We’ve seen him crowned Formula Renault 2.0 champion 2017 and Japanese F3 champion last year, as well as excelling in his first year of closed-cockpit racing. So, it’s brilliant to see him sign with such a big manufacturer like Toyota and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can achieve together. »
Super Formula will kickstart on April 4th and the first round of Super GT will commence a week later on April 11th.