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Super Formula rookie Ticktum shares a road to redemption with legend Motoyama

18-year-old Londoner Daniel Ticktum makes his debut in the Japanese Super Formula Championship this weekend for Red Bull Team Mugen, driving at Sportsland SUGO, the track where seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher made his one and only start in the series way back in 1991.

Further down the paddock, four-time Japanese Top Formula Champion and three-time Super GT GT500 champion, Satoshi Motoyama, is debriefing with his B-Max Racing Team and his driving protegé Katsumasa Chiyo.

Ticktum, the one making his Super Formula debut, had to rebuild his career and his livelihood after being banned for a calendar year and placed on probation for a second for a retaliatory crash with a championship rival in British Formula 4 in 2015. Motoyama, the one who’s now since retired from this championship as an active competitor, can absolutely empathise.

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Commentary: One Goal, Now In Sight

It wasn’t the all-out, star-studded, competitive convergence of the two fastest silhouette car championships in the world today.

But last week, when Lexus and Nissan brought their GT500 cars from the Autobacs Super GT Series over to the Hockenheimring for three days’ worth of show runs, on the same circuit as the current-generation cars from the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), it finally, after four years of hype, satiated the desires of fans who had almost given up hope on the long-term goals of the unified Class One regulations.

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Unpacking the Final Suzuka 1000km

At the crossover point of being as far removed from the 46th and final International Suzuka 1000km as we are to the approach of the penultimate round of the Autobacs Super GT Series, it’s as good a time as any to look back on a landmark event for the series.

Emotional upset victories. Star-making performances. Instances of triumph and heartbreak. And the one-off arrival of a game-changing superstar. It was all on display three weeks ago at Suzuka.

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Celebrating the women of Super GT

March 8th is recognized as International Women’s Day, and there’s few better occasions to celebrate the women who have contributed to the Autobacs Super GT Series in a meaningful and impactful way, and those who seem set to follow in their footsteps, competitors and non-competitors alike.

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