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Tsuboi’s eighth Japanese F3 victory keeps championship hopes alive

Sophomore driver Sho Tsuboi is the hottest driver on the All-Japan Formula Three Championship circuit – and the TOM’s Racing ace needed every ounce of white-hot energy to take the championship fight against points leader Mitsunori Takaboshi to the final race meeting of the season at Sportsland SUGO.

With a double-victory at Autopolis this past weekend, Tsuboi won his seventh and eighth races of the year respectively – wins five and six in a row after sweeping the entire three-race meeting at Twin Ring Motegi on July 29-30 – Tsuboi now lies just 19 points back of Takaboshi with two races and 24 points up for grabs at SUGO.

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Gasly does the double at Autopolis

Pierre Gasly took a major step towards becoming only the second rookie champion in Japanese Top Formula Championship history, by taking back-to-back victories in the 2017 Super Formula Championship with his win this past weekend at Autopolis circuit on the island of Kyushu.

In the second of two races to feature the prime/option tyre selection this season, the Red Bull Team Mugen driver Gasly went from fifth on the grid to second with a great start, then powered past pole winner Tomoki Nojiri to claim his second win of the season – leading an all-rookie 1-2 finish ahead of Felix Rosenqvist of Sunoco Team LeMans, who along with Gasly has asserted himself as a major championship threat to points leader Hiroaki Ishiura.

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Super Formula returns to Autopolis as Ishiura looks to extend points lead

For the first time since September 2015, the Japanese Super Formula Championship will return to Kyushu island and the undulating, high-altitude Autopolis circuit for the fifth round of the 2017 season.

Back for the first time since the Kumamoto earthquakes of April 2016 cancelled last year’s running of the event, Autopolis will be the stage for the championship contenders to all keep pace with points leader Hiroaki Ishiura, who leads the field in pursuit of his second Japanese top formula championship with just three rounds left this season.

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Super GT announces 2018 schedule

On July 28, the GT Association (GTA), the promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, announced the provisional schedule for the 2018 Super GT season.

The 2018 calendar consists of eight races, seven of which will be held domestically in Japan, and one single fly-away round in Thailand. Among the highlights of the new calendar include the return of the Suzuka GT 300km Race on May 19-20, and several existing rounds moving places in the calendar.

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