Hibiki Taira will make his highly anticipated Super Formula debut at Sportsland SUGO next weekend for Team Impul.

At 23 years old, Taira has cultivated an impressive resume in single-seater racing from 2018 to 2023. His journey began in Formula 4, where he spent three years before advancing to three seasons in Super Formula Lights.

Taira’s initial foray into Formula 4 was marked by participation in two rounds of F4 South East Asia, where he secured three second-place finishes, ultimately placing sixth in the standings. In 2019, he joined TOM’S Spirit for the Japanese F4 series, finishing seventh in the championship with one podium finish.

In 2020, Toyota recognized Taira’s talent and brought him into its junior driver program. This pivotal year saw Taira dominate the Japanese F4 championship, clinching the title with 10 victories out of 12 races. His performance was stellar, as he finished second and third in the only two races he did not win.

This success earned Taira a promotion to Super Formula Lights with TOM’S. As a rookie, he secured four podiums and finished fifth in the standings. In his second season, although he did not improve his championship position, he achieved two race wins and four additional podiums. Last year, he was the title runner-up, with three wins, eight other podium finishes, and four pole positions.

Taira’s racing repertoire also extends to Super GT’s GT300 class, where he has competed since 2021. In his debut year, he participated in three races, and earned his first podium in 2022. Last season, he was the championship runner-up, with three second-place finishes and one pole position.

Despite his commendable performances in both Super Formula Lights and the GT300 class, Taira was unable to secure a full-time drive in Super Formula for 2024. Nonetheless, he has continued to excel in Super GT300, where he is currently leading the points standings. His opportunity in Super Formula with Team Impul arose after the team found itself without a permanent driver for its #19 car.

Initially, reigning Formula 2 champion Theo Pourchaire was signed for the season but was subsequently recruited by the Arrow McLaren IndyCar team after just one race. Ben Barnicoat then took the wheel for the second round. Team Impul has yet to finalize its driver lineup for the remaining four rounds following Taira’s debut at SUGO.

Stay tuned to Asian Motorsport for comprehensive coverage of Taira’s Super Formula debut and all other developments in the world of Asian motorsport.

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