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Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy stays at TOM’S after all

by Ida Wood

Nick Cassidy has ended speculation about his racing future by revealing he will defend his Super Formula title with TOM’S.

Toyota revealed its SF line-up earlier this month, with Cassidy’s #1 car at TOM’S left as ‘to be announced’.

The Kiwi did commit to another Super GT campaign with the team, after a title and two runner-up finishes in the last three years, but his appearances in the Asian Le Mans Series and Formula E’s rookie test raised speculation that his main focus could be elsewhere in 2020.

A few days ago, Cassidy said people “will find out soon” whether he would return to SF or not, and he has now confirmed his presence on the grid.

“We’re back. Very happy to be driving the #1 TOM’S car in Super Formula again this year. Time to go for another title” revealed Cassidy.

The delayed announcement was due to Cassidy’s deal not being signed on paper when all 11 Toyota-powered cars were supposed to be confirmed, but the 25-year-old had no intentions to leave the team or the series after winning the title in 2019.

Cassidy joined SF in 2017 after claiming the Japanese Formula 3 title and then a race-winning campaign in FIA European F3.

His rookie SF season included one podium and a pole position with Kondo Racing, and he came one point short of the title with the team a year later. For 2019 he switched to TOM’S, picked up his second series win and defeated Honda man Naoki Yamamoto to the crown by three points.