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Cassidy and Sekiguchi take weekend split at Inter Proto Series opener

One week after Lexus Gazoo Racing swept the podium at the Super GT Fuji GT 500km Race on May 4, two Lexus GT500 drivers split the weekend winnings at Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2017 Inter Proto Series at Fuji Speedway, part of the Fuji Champion Race Series.

Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s driver Nick Cassidy took victory in his IPS debut in Race 1 on Sunday, and Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh driver Yuhi Sekiguchi took the win in Race 2 for the Professional Class drivers.

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Takaboshi retains All-Japan F3 points lead at Fuji

As part of the Fuji Champion Race Series this past weekend at Fuji International Speedway, the All-Japan Formula Three Championship was host to Rounds 6 and 7 of the 2017 championship.

Spanish rookie Álex Palou took both pole positions and a victory in a rainy first race of the weekend, but despite a disqualification for a technical infraction in Round 6, Super GT star and NDDP protegé Mitsunori Takaboshi held onto his championship lead thanks to a win in Round 7, and both Takaboshi and Palou have now broken clear ahead of the field after 7 races.

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2017 Driver Rankings: Fuji GT 500km Race

Welcome to the second installment of Super GT World’s 2017 Driver Rankings series. Here, we take a look at the 33rd running of the Fuji GT 500km Race, held on the Golden Week holiday of May 4, 2017, at Fuji International Speedway. (For our driver rankings for the 2017 Okayama GT 300km Race, click here.)

Our driver rankings are calculated by taking the average of each individual driver’s ten fastest laps during the race session. For the Suzuka 1000km, we will average each driver’s twenty fastest race laps.

The methodology is inspired by the works of racing driver David Heinemeier Hansson, who provides similar analytical breakdowns for World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races.

Timing and scoring data was taken from the data available through the official 2017 Super GT Live Timing App, available exclusively on iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad. Live functionality will cost a one-time fee of ¥860 JPY/$7.99 USD/£7.99 GBP, all other functions are free of charge.

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Inter Proto Series kicks off 2017 season at Fuji

It’s mid-engined, one-make racing featuring some of the top stars in the Autobacs Super GT Series, and it starts this weekend at Fuji Speedway – the 2017 Inter Proto Series, part of the weekend festivities at the Fuji Champion Race Series.

The IPS is the brainchild of Japanese racing legend Masanori Sekiya, and in its fourth season, the IPS grid in 2017 is another star-studded affair in the Professional class.

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