The 46th International Suzuka 1000km was destined to be a classic – but few could have predicted the winner of the final 1000km endurance race at Suzuka Circuit.
The #64 Epson Modulo Honda NSX-GT of Bertrand Baguette and Kosuke Matsuura emerged as the unexpected winner of the final Suzuka 1000km, taking Honda’s eighth overall victory in the event, and ending a winless drought for Nakajima Racing that lasted nearly ten painful years – and did it in style, with a signature victory in the biggest race of the season.
It was the emotional climax to a race that was bound with a mix of exciting action, intrigue, heartache, and displays of indomitable spirit up and down the GT500 grid to close out the first era of the Suzuka summer endurance race.
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A combination of brilliant pit strategy, and an extraordinary charge to the front of the field in the final leg of the 46th International Suzuka 1000km, helped the #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Haruki Kurosawa and Naoya Gamou take a memorable GT300 class victory, in the final Suzuka 1000km as part of the Autobacs Super GT Series.
Gamou rallied back from a deficit of over ten seconds to take the lead with 9 laps to go, and drove on to take the chequered flag for K2 R&D LEON Racing after completing 158 laps in a time-shortened race.
With the 25 points earned for their victory – the first at the Suzuka summer endurance race for Mercedes in the GT300 class – Kurosawa and Gamou now lead the GT300 Drivers’ Championship by two points with two rounds remaining in the 2017 season.
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Super GT star Ryo Hirakawa hasn’t been able to compete in Europe since the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past June, but this weekend, the 23-year-old Toyota Young Driver Programme (TDP) star and GT500 championship contender will return to the European Le Mans Series at this weekend’s 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
Hirakawa will return to the wheel of the #22 G-Drive Racing with Dragonspeed Oreca 07-Gibson, which he drove to a victory at Monza, Italy in May, partnering veteran Memo Rojas of Mexico, and young Léo Roussel of France.
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On Thursday, the FIA revealed an overhauled table of racing championships which qualify for FIA Super License points, the necessary pre-requisite for racing in the Formula One World Championship.
The championship-winning drivers of the Autobacs Super GT Series’ GT500 class will now earn 15 points out of a requisite 40 towards qualifying for a Super License, one of several new series which now award points towards qualifying to race in F1 starting in 2018.
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Just two more rounds, and three races remain in the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship, and the sixth and penultimate round resonates from the tight, undulating, and treacherous Sportsland Sugo in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Last year at Sugo, a rookie driver delivered one of the all-time great drives in Japanese Top Formula history. This year, the rookie class of 2017 – led by championship contenders Pierre Gasly and Felix Rosenqvist – will look to replicate Yuhi Sekiguchi’s stunning 2016 pole-to-victory performance, and take another step towards moving past former champion Hiroaki Ishiura in the Drivers’ Championship.
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As part of the penultimate round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship at Sportsland SUGO, the All-Japan Formula Three Championship will be up for grabs in the final two races of the season.
Two of Japan’s prodigious young racing talents, Mitsunori Takaboshi and Sho Tsuboi, are the only two men left standing after 18 of 20 races this season, and although it’s Takaboshi who still holds a comfortable 19-point lead in the championship going into the final two races, it’s the challenger Tsuboi who has all the momentum on his side.
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