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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This past weekend, Autobacs Super GT Series star Ryo Hirakawa took part in his second event of the 2017 European Le Mans Series – the 4 Hours of Monza at the fabled Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy.
Driving for the #22 G-Drive Racing with DragonSpeed team and their Oreca 07-Gibson prototype, Hirakawa, along with co-drivers Memo Rojas and Léo Roussel, took the overall and LMP2 class victories in Monza, atoning for their late-race letdown in the opening round of the ELMS season at Silverstone.
Hirakawa drove the #22 G-Drive/DragonSpeed Oreca home to the victory over the course of his 1 hour and 15 minute closing stint, which was not without some drama after Hirakawa picked up a late drive-through penalty – but it wasn’t enough to knock them off the top step of the podium and lead home a 1-2 finish for the Russian-American squad.
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Young Super GT star Ryo Hirakawa, just a week removed from a season-opening GT500 victory for Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s at Okayama International Circuit, headed to Silverstone Circuit for the European Le Mans Series 4 Hours of Silverstone last Saturday, one of the undercard races for the WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone.
The young Japanese driver was determined to pick up a season-opening win for the Russian-American G-Drive Racing and DragonSpeed Racing alliance, but in a difficult 41-lap closing stint on worn tyres, the #22 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 would be overhauled by the Anglo-American United Autosports #32 Ligier JSP217 with just three minutes left in the race.
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This weekend, the FIA World Endurance Championship kicks off with the 6 Hours of Silverstone on Sunday, April 16.
Driving during the weekend are current Autobacs Super GT Series drivers Kazuki Nakajima, James Rossiter, and winner of the season-opening race, Ryo Hirakawa, who will take part in the European Le Mans Series 4 Hours of Silverstone during the weekend on Saturday, battling for top honours against some of the top drivers in the world – including a few notable ex-Super GT alumni.
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