The final round of the Japanese Super Formula Championship will take place, fittingly, at the 16th JAF Grand Prix Suzuka at Suzuka Circuit – a two-race final act that will determine the 45th Japanese Top Formula Champion.
Eight drivers – including four main contenders and four longshots – are still mathematically eligible to win the championship, in these final two races of the 2017 season. Two young superstars are vying to become the first rookie champion of the series in over twenty years. It’s all to play for in the richest prize in Japanese open-wheel racing.
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The seventh round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series is a step into the unknown for the competitors of the GT300 class, whose championship fight is heating up as the series heads to the tropical Southeast Asian kingdom of Thailand, for the Chang Super GT Race at Chang International Circuit in Buriram.
In the fascinating sub-class warfare between the FIA GT3, JAF-GT, and Mother Chassis machines, there’s still yet to be a clear-cut advantage in just three years of racing at Buriram. And entering year four, the picture may not be clear still – especially in terms of the championship, following this penultimate round of the championship.
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Just two rounds remain in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, and the GT500 Championship lies in wait, to be seized by one great team and their great drivers.
For the fourth time, Super GT will voyage out from its native Japan, nearly 3,000 kilometers south in the Indochinese Peninsula in the Kingdom of Thailand, for the 66-lap Chang Super GT Race, held in the city of Buriram at the state-of-the-art, 4.5 kilometer Chang International Circuit.
As the penultimate round of the season, Buriram is becoming familiar enough of a challenge – with its sweltering heat and humidity, and abundance of sweeping corners already proving a hit with the fans – but is still enough of a wild card that it could completely turn the battle for the premier class title on its head at the end of the race.
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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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