Five current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series took part in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s rookie test, held the day after the Marrakesh ePrix at the street circuit in Morocco.
Nissan factory driver Mitsunori Takaboshi, the reigning All-Japan Formula Three champion, was the marquee driver of the group – which also featured Lexus Team au TOM’s driver James Rossiter, Lexus Team Wako’s LeMans driver Andrea Caldarelli, plus former GT500 race winner Frédéric Makowiecki and former GT300 race winner Alexandre Imperatori.
Of the five drivers, it was Rossiter who had the best showing, placing fifth overall out of the twenty drivers taking part.
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One of the greatest drivers in the history of auto racing has announced his retirement from the Japanese Super Formula Championship.
André Lotterer, the 2011 series champion, announced Thursday that he would no longer race in Super Formula after fifteen seasons in the series – a career that made him the most successful foreign driver in Japanese Top Formula racing history, and also laid the groundwork for one of the most successful endurance racing careers of all time.
The decision comes as Lotterer takes on new challenges in racing in 2018, and with his career at a crossroads at 36 years of age, the German racing legend opted to call time on his single-seater career.
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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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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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