The C7 Corvette GT3-R isn’t seen as often in North America as it should be. This demonic-sounding GT3-Spec Corvette is a mainstay of the German ADAC GT Masters series, where Callaway Competition has racked up nine wins with the car since 2016 along with a team and driver’s championship in 2017.
Another team apart from Callaway Competition is set to compete with the somewhat rare C7 Corvette GT3-R this year, but alas, they aren’t located in America either. That team is Japan’s Bingo Racing, the race team for Tokyo-based automotive restorations shop Bingosports, who will campaign the car in the SR0 10 Hours of Suzuka this August.
The Japanese team also raced the C7 Corvette GT3-R in the 2018 10 Hours of Suzuka, competing under the ‘Callaway Competition with Bingo Racing’ banner and finishing 26th overall. While the team had an all-Japanese driver lineup in 2018, consisting of Yuta Kamimura, Yuichi Mikasa and Shinji Takeibut, it has changed things up for 2019. This year’s roster features the Japanese duo Shinji Takei and Ryo Ogawa, along with Germany driver and Formula 2 race winner Markus Pommer.
Bingo Racing was recently filmed testing their C7 Corvette GT3-R at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan ahead of the race on August 25th. The video, which we’ve embedded above, offers a rare glimpse of the C7 Corvette GT3-R in action on the Japanese circuit, which is famous for its flowing nature and high-speed ‘130R’ corner.
First shown back in 2015, the Corvette GT3-R is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine making somewhere in the ballpark of 600 hp. The engine sends power to the rear wheels through an X-Trac 6-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters. Check it out in the video embedded above.