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International Suzuka 1000km: The Hall of Fame – GT300

Welcome to the first part of our multi-installment series – The International Suzuka 1000km Hall of Fame, a look back at the winners of Japan’s Great Race, on the eve of the 46th and final running of the Suzuka 1000km on August 27, 2017.

Our first installment covers the GT300 class, which has been a part of the Suzuka 1000km since 1999.

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ARN Racing conquers Nissan’s streak in Super Taikyu at Autopolis

The fourth time was the charm for ARN Racing, for Hiroaki Nagai and Kota Sasaki, and their #8 Ferrari 488 GT3 – as they took their first win of the 2017 Super Taikyu Series in the Group 1 race at Autopolis on Sunday.

The victory ended a remarkable eleven-race undefeated streak for the Nissan GT-R GT3s, who all hit trouble during the race – and have now turned the championship on its ear heading into September’s Fuji Super-TEC Endurance Race.

The Group 2 race held earlier in the morning was won overall by the #86 TOM’s Spirit Toyota 86 (Takamitsu Matsui/Naoya Gamou/Sho Tsuboi), which won the ST-4 class for the third consecutive race.

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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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GTNET Motor Sports win Suzuka 4 Hour Enduro

The #99 Y’s Distraction GTNET Nissan GT-R GT3 of Tadao Uematsu, Kazuki Hoshino, and Kiyoto Fujinami got the GTNET Motor Sports team their first Super Taikyu Series victory in over a year by taking the victory in the Suzuka 4 Hour Endurance Race, the third round of the 2017 Super Taikyu season.

With the help of some smart strategy during a key safety car intervention, and some superb driving from their professional drivers Hoshino and Fujinami, the #99 GT-R went on to take the overall victory at Suzuka Circuit – the eleventh consecutive victory in Super Taikyu for the Nissan GT-R GT3.

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