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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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Honda kicks off Super Taikyu TCR era with 1-2 finish at Motegi

The 2017 Super Taikyu Endurance Series kicked off at Twin Ring Motegi on Saturday afternoon with the first of two 200 minute races to be held this weekend.

The two Honda Civic Type-R TCRs of Civic TCR Racing Project scored a 1-2 finish in the overall classification, with the #98 Honda Civic TCR of Takuya Kurosawa, Keishi Ishikawa, and Hiroki Katoh taking both the outright and ST-R class victories in the first-ever Super Taikyu race for the TCR touring cars.

The #98 crew recovered from an early drive-through penalty for a jump start to take the victory by 12 seconds over their teammates, the #97 Honda Civic TCR of Shinichi Ito, Keiichi¬†Ebisawa, and Shinji Nakano – a popular 1-2 victory for the Honda Civics at Honda’s home circuit of Motegi.

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Hiroki Katoh secures Clearwater Le Mans 24 Hours drive

One of Super GT’s most decorated and experienced drivers in the history of the GT300 class will have another chance to race against the greatest drivers in the world, as Hiroki Katoh, lead driver for Cars Tokai Dream28, has been confirmed for a drive in the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans with Clearwater Racing.

Katoh returns for his seventh entry into the famed Grand Prix of Endurance, and his first since 2008, when he teams up with Portuguese endurance racing star Alvaro Parente, and Clearwater mainstay Richard Wee in the #60 Ferrari 488 GTE in the GTE-AM category.

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