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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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Entry List: 46th International Suzuka 1000km

The GT Association, sanctioning body and promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, have officially published the entry list for the 46th and final running of the International Suzuka 1000km at Suzuka Circuit on August 26-27.

GT500 Class (15 Cars)

GT300 Class (30 Cars)

Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion Jenson Button and Le Mans track record holder Kamui Kobayashi headline the list of 103 drivers representing 45 teams in the field for the last running of the Suzuka summer endurance race as we know it now.

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ARTA takes double pole position at Fuji 300km

Quite simply, qualifying for the fifth round of the Autobacs Super GT Series at Fuji Speedway was a banner day for Autobacs Racing Team Aguri, who took pole position in both GT500 and GT300 classes.

Thanks to a last-gasp flying lap from Tomoki Nojiri in Q2, the #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT of Nojiri and Takashi Kobayashi notched up their third pole position of the 2017 season, and completed ARTA’s historic double pole position – the first for a single team in nearly twelve years.

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Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh goes fastest in Fuji 300km practice

The #19 WedsSport Advan Lexus LC500 of Yuhi Sekiguchi and Yuji Kunimoto will likely be the favourites to extend Lexus’ unbeaten GT500 record in 2017. They proved just that, as Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh went fastest in Saturday’s free practice session for the Fuji GT 300km Race.

Sekiguchi laid down his fastest lap of the day in the #19 WedsSport LC500 in the final minutes of practice, and together with the two Lexus Team TOM’s cars who took second and third at the chequered flag, Lexus took another 1-2-3 result in practice. In GT300, it was the #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 (Shinichi Takagi/Sean Walkinshaw) that went fastest.

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