MR Racing Japan have today announced their entry to the FIA World Endurance Championship's 'Super Season', competing in the GTE AM class with a 488GTE Ferrari supported by AF Corse.
Their drivers will be Motoaki Ishikawa (Japan), Olivier Beretta (Monaco) and Eddie Cheever III (Italy) with engineer Jacopo Fedele.
Ishikawa has been competing in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in 2017 with AF Corse, along with the Campionato Italiano in the GT3 Ferrari 488. Olivier is well know in endurance racing circles, first competing at Le Mans in 1996 in a Chrysler Viper and taking his first win there in 1999 for Viper Team Oreca although he is probably best known for his time spent at Corvette between 2004 and 2011. Eddie is the son of retired F1 driver Eddie Cheever and begun his racing career in 2006 in karts, progressing into the FIA Euro F3 Championship in 2013 with Prema Powerteam.
Speaking exclusively to Prescott Motorsport Olivier said "I am very happy to be part of this new challenge with Moto and Eddie". Speaking about his new teammates: "He [Motoaki] did a very good test in Bahrain, he surprised me! Eddie is young and fast, he's got a great opportunity for his first Le Mans in a very good car with a great team". In finishing Beretta said "Everything is there to do well with a great [team] spirit"
In the Rookie Test held at Bahrain last month, both Ishikawa and Beretta were seen testing the current Clearwater Racing Ferrari, so it would seem only feasible that this is the car which the team will be using during their 2018/19 campaign.
Motoaki and Beretta testing the 61 Ferrari