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NISMO dominates Motegi Grand Final; Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s win GT500 championship

From an overly eventful start to their race to a confident pole-to-win victory, no team had the measure of the #23 Motul Autech NISMO GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli – which took a landmark victory in the final round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series at Twin Ring Motegi.

Quintarelli and Matsuda took their first win of the season, setting career milestones for both drivers, and for Nissan, as well as avoiding a winless 2017 campaign for the manufacturer and securing second place in the championship.

They finished ahead of the #37 KeePer TOM’s Lexus LC500 of Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, who with their second-place finish, secured history of their own as the two drivers at 23 years old became the youngest GT500 Drivers’ Champions in history.

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LEON Racing takes dramatic Motegi victory; Goodsmile Racing win 3rd GT300 title

K2 R&D LEON Racing finished out the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series in stunning and dramatic fashion this Sunday, winning the season-ending Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi with a penultimate-lap pass. It was the second victory of the year for Haruki Kurosawa, Naoya Gamou, and the #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3.

And with a third place finish, the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku AMG of Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka took the GT300 championships for the third time for both Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO, and their two drivers – cementing the team’s legacy as one of the all-time great squads in Super GT history.

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NISMO captures stunning pole position at Motegi

With a championship on the line, the Nissan Motorsports team delivered a stunning lap in time trials when it mattered the most.

The #23 Motul Autech NISMO GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli will start on pole position in GT500 for tomorrow’s final race of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, the Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi – and with their record-setting pole position at the 4.8 kilometer road course, gain a crucial bonus point towards their bid for NISMO’s third GT500 championship in a four-year span.

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Goodsmile Racing take major step to GT300 title with Motegi pole

A perfect Saturday continued for the Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO squad, who followed up posting the fastest time in the morning practice session with the top times in both stages of knockout qualifying – earning them the pole for tomorrow’s Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi.

Two brilliant performances from champion drivers Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka have put the #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 one step closer to clinching the team’s third GT300 championship in seven years, with both drivers earning a bonus point – and now requiring only a podium finish at the minimum to win the 2017 GT300 championships.

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