The 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final is already receiving a boost from some high-profile ex-Formula 1 drivers running this race – headlined by Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion, and Kamui Kobayashi, one of only three Japanese drivers to stand on a Grand Prix podium, both making their Autobacs Super GT Series debuts.
Add one more ex-Formula 1 talent to the list for Suzuka: Christian Klien, ex-Jaguar and Red Bull driver, will join Team Taisan SARD as their third driver alongside Shinnosuke Yamada and Jake Parsons in the #26 Taisan SARD Audi R8 LMS Fukushima, for the sixth round of the 2017 Super GT series.
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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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The Super Taikyu Endurance Series returns to action on June 10th and 11th for the first of its two major events of the season. The Suzuka Super Taikyu 4 Hour Race will see all seven active classes, including the newest ST-TCR class, competing on track at the same time in a single long-distance event.
54 teams and over 150 drivers of all skill levels will do battle this weekend, and at Suzuka, there will be a few prolific teams and drivers making their season debuts – including the return of two Japanese racing legends in a single car, and a new machine making its Super Taikyu debut in ST-TCR.
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Autobacs Super GT Series star Andrea Caldarelli is now a perfect two-for-two in the 2017 Blancpain GT Endurance Cup, as he and Grasser Racing Team (GRT) Lamborghini co-drivers Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart held on by just three-tenths of a second to win the 3 Hours of Silverstone Circuit in England this past Sunday.
It’s the #63 GRT Lamborghini Huracán GT3’s third straight win in the Blancpain GT Series overall, having also won the 3 Hours of Monza and the sprint race at Brands Hatch Circuit in England.
Caldarelli wasn’t the only Super GT star on the grid at Silverstone, as Katsumasa Chiyo was back in the #23 Motul Team RJN Nissan GT-R GT3, and Nakajima Racing driver Bertrand Baguette made his first start in the #66 Attempto Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3, in a field that also included series alumni such as Benoît Tréluyer, Lucas Ordoñez, and Oliver Jarvis.
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