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International Suzuka 1000km: Hall of Fame – 1999-2017

This is the final installment of the International Suzuka 1000km Hall of Fame, our look back at the champions of the Suzuka 1000km on the eve of its final running on August 27.

The GT500 class has been the premier category at the Suzuka 1000km ever since 1999, and Japan’s great race has been part of the Super GT championship for over a decade. Our final look focuses on the champions of this GT500 era.

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Triumph & heartbreak for Super GT stars at Le Mans

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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Super GT stars past and present ready to rock the Nürburgring 24 Hours

19 current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series will make up the entry list of over 400 drivers from 161 teams in the 45th running of the ADAC 24 Hours Nürburgring, held at the daunting and demanding Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit in Germany.

The Nürburgring 24 Hours (N24) stands as one of the oldest and most prestigious endurance races for production-based sports and touring cars, with 20 different classes of vehicles – from FIA GT3 sports cars, to TCR International touring cars, to various modified street-legal vehicles, and experimental machines – all on track tackling the fabled “Green Hell” for one of the great races around the clock.

And in among that diverse selection of vehicles are 9 drivers from this year’s Super GT Series, and 10 drivers from years’ past, who have ventured back to the Nürburgring to take on the challenge of the world’s most infamous motor racing circuit.

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Nakajima wins Spa 6 Hours for Toyota, Kunimoto mistake-free in WEC debut

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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