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A look back at Super GT’s stars of the Indianapolis 500

The month of May in auto racing is synonymous with a number of marquee events – but the oldest and richest prize to be contested every May is the Indianapolis 500, held this year on May 28, 2017.

This year’s Indy 500 is filled with intriguing storylines, headlined by the debut of two-time Formula 1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso. Over in Japan, the country’s hopes for a victory lie solely with Alonso’s new teammate, Takuma Sato, who came within a lap of potentially winning the Greatest Spectacle in Racing five years ago in 2012.

Many drivers have competed at the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 100 runnings of the Indy 500, held over a span of 106 years. Six of them have also competed in the Autobacs Super GT Series, including three current GT500 drivers, and one former GT500 champion!

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Remembering Hitoshi Ogawa

Today will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the untimely death of one of the greatest drivers of their generation who never had a chance to race in the Autobacs Super GT Series, but whose impact and legacy is still felt today as an all-time legend of Japanese motorsport.

Hitoshi Ogawa was just 36 years old when he lost his life in an All-Japan Formula 3000 racing accident at Suzuka Circuit on May 24, 1992.

An accomplished driver across a number of disciplines, from single-seaters, to touring cars, to prototype sports cars – Ogawa was a driver who overcame a number of setbacks early in his too-brief career to become a champion of Japan’s top single-seater championship, and an early architect of Toyota’s successful prototype racing programme on the international level.

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#TBT: Super GT in Kyushu 300km, 2011-2015

For this week’s Throwback Tuesday Thursday, we take a look back at the last five runnings of the Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis. With the 2016 race cancelled due to the damage caused by the Kumamoto earthquakes of April 2016, we are instead looking at the 2011 through 2015 races.

Though Autopolis does not quite have the stature on the calendar that tracks like Fuji Speedway or Suzuka Circuit have, this circuit has produced some incredible moments over the last five times the Autobacs Super GT Series has visited Kyushu – including an all-time last-lap thriller for the ages, two emotional championship-winning moments, and a handful of incredibly dominant performances from both teams and drivers alike.

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2017 Driver Rankings: Fuji GT 500km Race

Welcome to the second installment of Super GT World’s 2017 Driver Rankings series. Here, we take a look at the 33rd running of the Fuji GT 500km Race, held on the Golden Week holiday of May 4, 2017, at Fuji International Speedway. (For our driver rankings for the 2017 Okayama GT 300km Race, click here.)

Our driver rankings are calculated by taking the average of each individual driver’s ten fastest laps during the race session. For the Suzuka 1000km, we will average each driver’s twenty fastest race laps.

The methodology is inspired by the works of racing driver David Heinemeier Hansson, who provides similar analytical breakdowns for World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races.

Timing and scoring data was taken from the data available through the official 2017 Super GT Live Timing App, available exclusively on iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad. Live functionality will cost a one-time fee of ¥860 JPY/$7.99 USD/£7.99 GBP, all other functions are free of charge.

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