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Lotterer, Sekiguchi split victories in Super Formula at Okayama

The 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship came back to Okayama International Circuit this past weekend, for a crucial double-header weekend at the technical 3.7 kilometer circuit in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Saturday saw Vantelin Team TOM’s driver André Lotterer win the first 30-lap sprint race, and on Sunday, it was sophomore sensation Yuhi Sekiguchi who captured the win in the 51-lap feature event.

Thanks to a win and a third place for the 2011 series champion Lotterer in the two events, plus a scoreless meeting for his teammate Kazuki Nakajima, the German moves into the lead of the Super Formula Drivers’ Championship after three races.

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Super Formula returns with Okayama double-header

The second round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship will feature the first of two double-header weekends on the season, held at the former home of the Formula 1 Pacific Grand Prix, the Okayama International Circuit.

A maximum twelve points will be on offer over the weekend’s two races, a 110 kilometer, 30-lap sprint on Saturday, May 27, and the 190km, 51-lap “feature” race on Sunday, May 28 – just hours before the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500, and the conclusion of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring on a busy, busy weekend of racing.

And after Kazuki Nakajima opened his busy 2017 campaign with back to back WEC victories, won the most recent Autobacs Super GT Series round in Autopolis, and went wire-to-wire to take the first Super Formula round at Suzuka, the question is – who can stop the two-time Super Formula champion?

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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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Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo conquer the mountain at Fuji 500km

It had been nearly three and a half years since the last time Toyota Motor Corporation saw one of their GT500 machines win a race at their home grounds of Fuji International Speedway.

But their drought at the foot of Mount Fuji finally came to an end last week during the 33rd running of the Golden Week classic, the Fuji GT 500km Race, as the #38 ZENT Cerumo Lexus LC500 of “Fuji-meister” Yuji Tachikawa and Hiroaki Ishiura took the chequered flag after a dominant race meeting, scoring pole position on Sunday, and leading a whopping 106 out of 110 laps en route to their first win of the 2017 season.

Capping off Lexus’ second straight clean sweep of the GT500 podium to open the 2017 season, it was a milestone victory for the legendary three-time champion Tachikawa – who won his eighth career race at Fuji Speedway, and now moves back into a tie for the all-time GT500 wins record.

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