The son of ex-Method 1 driver Jean steps as much as Japan’s two senior classes after a season spent largely in Tremendous Method Lights and Tremendous GT’s decrease GT300 class.
He additionally changed Kazuki Nakajima for 5 out of this yr’s seven Tremendous Method races at TOM’S this season, and can take over that seat full-time for the 2022 marketing campaign with Nakajima electing to retire from racing altogether.
Alesi, 22, took a shock victory in solely his second Tremendous Method outing for TOM’S again in Might, and in addition completed as runner-up in Tremendous Method Lights behind Teppei Natori.
In Tremendous GT, Alesi makes the transfer to the highest GT500 class with the title-winning #36 TOM’S line-up after a season racing with the Workforce Thailand Lexus squad within the GT300 class, and can accomplice newly-crowned champion Sho Tsuboi.
Veteran Yuhi Sekiguchi, who received the title final month alongside Tsuboi, will transfer to the SARD Toyota workforce within the seat vacated by 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix winner Heikki Kovalainen, who announced last month that he won’t continue in Japan next year.
There’s change within the #37 TOM’S line-up as properly, as Ryo Hirakawa is exiting Tremendous GT to concentrate on his World Endurance Championship commitments – having been confirmed as Nakajima’s alternative in Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar programme – and Tremendous Method with Impul.
Ritomo Miyata, who has spent the final two seasons at Racing Mission Bandoh, replaces Hirakawa as Sacha Fenestraz’s accomplice within the #37 Toyota GR Supra.
Alesi has been handed a full-time Tremendous Method drive and steps up from GT300 to GT500 in Tremendous GT
Photograph by: Masahide Kamio
Taking on Miyata’s seat on the Bandoh workforce is Sena Sakaguchi, who will get his first full-time GT500 drive after filling in for an absent Fenestraz at TOM’S for 5 races this season.
In Tremendous Method, the rest of Toyota’s line-up stays the identical because it was in 2021.
Sacha Fenestraz had been linked to a potential TOM’S promotion however as a substitute will stay at Kondo Racing for a 3rd season, with Kenta Yamashita persevering with as his team-mate.
Kamui Kobayashi, who ended up lacking all however one Tremendous Method race this yr attributable to his Toyota WEC commitments, stays on for one more season on the KCMG workforce.
Toyota Tremendous GT line-ups
Kenta Yamashita/Kazuya Oshima
Racing Mission Bandoh
Yuji Kunimoto/Sena Sakaguchi
Giuliano Alesi/Sho Tsuboi
Sacha Fenestraz/Ritomo Miyata
Yuji Tachikawa/Hiroaki Ishiura
Yuhi Sekiguchi/Yuichi Nakayama
Toyota Tremendous Method line-ups