The first of the vaunted 2017 Super Formula rookie class to win a race was the reigning FIA Formula 2 Champion, Pierre Gasly, who took his #15 Red Bull Team Mugen Dallara/Honda to victory at Twin Ring Motegi, the first Honda pilot to win at Motegi in nearly seven years.
Gasly beat Kamui Kobayashi, who scored KCMG’s best-ever Super Formula finish in second after leading 34 of 52 laps at the start of the race, and fellow rookie Felix Rosenqvist (Sunoco Team LeMans) picked up his second podium finish in a row – while right behind them, Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU/Cerumo-INGING) in fourth extended his championship lead over the field after driving from 17th on the grid.
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Quite simply, qualifying for the fifth round of the Autobacs Super GT Series at Fuji Speedway was a banner day for Autobacs Racing Team Aguri, who took pole position in both GT500 and GT300 classes.
Thanks to a last-gasp flying lap from Tomoki Nojiri in Q2, the #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT of Nojiri and Takashi Kobayashi notched up their third pole position of the 2017 season, and completed ARTA’s historic double pole position – the first for a single team in nearly twelve years.
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Autobacs Racing Team Aguri have dominated GT300 in the Fuji GT 300km Race the last two years, and during Saturday qualifying, they put themselves one step closer towards a hat trick of victories at the Summer race at Fuji Speedway.
The #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 of Shinichi Takagi and Sean Walkinshaw took pole position for Round 5 of the Autobacs Super GT Series, making up the first half of an eventual ARTA double pole position (see our GT500 report for more), and the front half of an all-BMW front row in GT300, alongside the #7 Studie BMW M6 GT3 of Jörg Müller and Seiji Ara.
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Sportsland SUGO has been established as one of the favourite venues on the Autobacs Super GT Series calendar thanks to countless memorable finishes and thrilling moments – and this Sunday, the circuit staged yet another classic.
In a battle that went down to the final corners of the final lap, the #1 Denso Kobelco SARD Lexus LC500 of Heikki Kovalainen and Kohei Hirate got the upper hand on the #46 S Road Craftsports Nissan GT-R of Satoshi Motoyama and Katsumasa Chiyo, with Hirate and Motoyama clashing wheels with two corners to go on the very last lap of a race that saw weather, attrition, and Safety Cars play major factors in the outcome of the race.
There was also a change at the top of the GT500 championship standings, as the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500 of Kazuya Oshima and Andrea Caldarelli finished third – putting them atop the standings ahead of their Lexus title rivals.
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