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GTNET Motor Sports win Suzuka 4 Hour Enduro

The #99 Y’s Distraction GTNET Nissan GT-R GT3 of Tadao Uematsu, Kazuki Hoshino, and Kiyoto Fujinami got the GTNET Motor Sports team their first Super Taikyu Series victory in over a year by taking the victory in the Suzuka 4 Hour Endurance Race, the third round of the 2017 Super Taikyu season.

With the help of some smart strategy during a key safety car intervention, and some superb driving from their professional drivers Hoshino and Fujinami, the #99 GT-R went on to take the overall victory at Suzuka Circuit – the eleventh consecutive victory in Super Taikyu for the Nissan GT-R GT3.

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ARN Racing take third straight Super Taikyu pole at Suzuka

The Ferrari 488 GT3 of ARN Racing secured their third straight pole position of the 2017 Super Taikyu Series on Saturday at Suzuka Circuit.

Drivers Hiroaki Nagai and Kota Sasaki led their respective qualifying groups in the ST-X class to take pole position by an aggregate time of 2.2 seconds.

In the Second Chance 100 qualifying race, it was the #112 Sato-SS Rn-sports Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (Atsushi Sato/Ryosei Yamashita/Nobuo Kubo) who took the victory, overcoming a puncture to guarantee a spot in the field for Sunday’s four-hour main race – as all three ST-X cars in the last chance qualifier hit problems during the race.

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Lexus Team au TOM’s survive controversial clash to win at Autopolis

The Autobacs Super GT Series made their long-awaited return to Autopolis circuit for the Super GT in Kyushu 300km on May 21, the first race at the mountainous circuit in Oita Prefecture since 2015.

After starting seventh on the grid after an accident in the second stage of Saturday qualifying, the #36 au TOM’s Lexus LC500 of Kazuki Nakajima and James Rossiter charged through the field, and on to take the victory at Autopolis – as Nakajima’s incredible start to the 2017 season across Super GT, WEC, and Super Formula continues.

Lexus remain undefeated in GT500 in the 2017 Super GT season, but the win was not without controversy, after a collision with the defending GT500 champions’ #1 Denso Kobelco SARD LC500 of Heikki Kovalainen & Kohei Hirate while the two Lexus cars were battling for the top spot with 15 laps to go in the 65 lap race.

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VivaC Team Tsuchiya hold on to win closest GT300 finish in history

0.091 seconds. That was the record-smallest margin, by which the #25 VivaC Team Tsuchiya Toyota 86 MC of Takamitsu Matsui held off the #61 Subaru BRZ R&D Sport of Takuto Iguchi, as the two raced to take the chequered flag in the GT300 class of Round 3 of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, the Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis.

Overcoming a fuel pump issue in the final laps of the race, as well as a frantic charge from the Subaru of Iguchi and his co-driver Hideki Yamauchi, the #25 VivaC 86 of Matsui and co-driver Kenta Yamashita won from pole position in the GT300 class.

In doing so, Matsui and Yamashita scored the first victory for a JAF-GT300/Mother Chassis vehicle in 2017, as well as the season’s first victory for the defending GT300 champions VivaC Team Tsuchiya – but most importantly, the victory moves them into the GT300 Championship lead heading into the traditional Summer Series.

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