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Mugen NSX leads Honda 1-2 in first leg of Sugo test

The #16 Motul Mugen Honda NSX-GT of Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima was the fastest car on the first day of the two-day Official Test Session for the Autobacs Super GT Series at Sportsland Sugo.

Leading a Honda 1-2 order at the top of the GT500 standings, the fastest time of the Mugen NSX and the #17 Keihin NSX-GT (Koudai Tsukakoshi/Takashi Kogure) were separated by just 0.008 seconds in the afternoon session on Saturday!

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NISMO fastest, Button upbeat after Suzuka tyre tests

The first round of testing in the lead up to the 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final commenced with two days and four sessions of tyre manufacturer tests at Suzuka Circuit on Tuesday June 6 and Wednesday June 7.

Though the star attraction of the tests was the debuting 2009 Formula 1 World Champion, Jenson Button, it was the NISMO team and the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R which set the fastest time of both days of testing, and the fastest time in all three dry-weather test sessions on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning.

Regular NISMO drivers Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli joined Satoshi Motoyama and Katsumasa Chiyo of the #46 S Road Craftsports GT-R crew, and it was Quintarelli who set the fastest time of the session – a 1:47.501 on Day 2 – getting to within 0.045 seconds of the GT500 lap record at Suzuka.

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A look back at Super GT’s stars of the Indianapolis 500

The month of May in auto racing is synonymous with a number of marquee events – but the oldest and richest prize to be contested every May is the Indianapolis 500, held this year on May 28, 2017.

This year’s Indy 500 is filled with intriguing storylines, headlined by the debut of two-time Formula 1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso. Over in Japan, the country’s hopes for a victory lie solely with Alonso’s new teammate, Takuma Sato, who came within a lap of potentially winning the Greatest Spectacle in Racing five years ago in 2012.

Many drivers have competed at the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 100 runnings of the Indy 500, held over a span of 106 years. Six of them have also competed in the Autobacs Super GT Series, including three current GT500 drivers, and one former GT500 champion!

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Will Honda return to form in 2017?

With the combination of a new car, a new team, a new project leader, yet mostly the same driver lineup from last season, Honda supporters are hoping that 2017 will be the year that they get back on par with Nissan and Lexus in the Autobacs Super GT Series.

2016 represented rock bottom for Honda’s Super GT project, going without a race win for the first time since 1997, occupying the bottom of the GT500 points table, and suffering the withdrawal of one of their newest flagship teams after just two seasons. But there’s a cautious optimism that Honda can turn it around, and return to their winning ways in 2017.

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