The 2017 edition of the fabled “Grand Prix of Endurance”, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be remembered as one of the most eventful, memorable editions of the event – one that saw a determined victory from the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Earl Bamber, recovering from eighteen laps and one hour down to win the race.
Ten current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series took part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, all of them experiencing a range of emotions; from the heartbreaking misfortunes at Toyota Gazoo Racing, to the improbable 2nd place overall result for former Super GT driver Oliver Jarvis and the Jackie Chan DC Racing team – which won the LMP2 class, and so nearly took the most unfathomable overall victory in modern Le Mans history.
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Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers and Super GT superstars Kazuki Nakajima and Yuji Kunimoto may have missed the Autobacs Super GT Series Fuji 500km this past Thursday, but they didn’t disappoint in the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
Nakajima joined co-drivers Sébastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson in their #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid to pick up the overall victory – and a Toyota 1-2 finish – in the final WEC round before the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Kunimoto, the reigning Japanese Super Formula Champion, scored a fifth-place overall finish on debut in the #9 Toyota TS050 with veteran co-drivers Nicolas Lapierre and Stéphane Sarrazin.
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Super GT driver Kazuki Nakajima, and his champion co-drivers Sébastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson, scored first for Toyota Gazoo Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship by winning the season-opening 6 Hours of Silverstone on Sunday.
The #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid prototype completed 197 laps over the six hours, winning the race by six seconds over the second-placed Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Earl Bamber.
It’s the first WEC victory for the trio of Nakajima, Buemi, and Davidson – who join the list of winners of the famous RAC (Royal Automobile Club) Tourist Trophy, which has been awarded to some of the greatest drivers in motor racing since 1905.
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One of Super GT’s most decorated and experienced drivers in the history of the GT300 class will have another chance to race against the greatest drivers in the world, as Hiroki Katoh, lead driver for Cars Tokai Dream28, has been confirmed for a drive in the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans with Clearwater Racing.
Katoh returns for his seventh entry into the famed Grand Prix of Endurance, and his first since 2008, when he teams up with Portuguese endurance racing star Alvaro Parente, and Clearwater mainstay Richard Wee in the #60 Ferrari 488 GTE in the GTE-AM category.
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