The first of the vaunted 2017 Super Formula rookie class to win a race was the reigning FIA Formula 2 Champion, Pierre Gasly, who took his #15 Red Bull Team Mugen Dallara/Honda to victory at Twin Ring Motegi, the first Honda pilot to win at Motegi in nearly seven years.
Gasly beat Kamui Kobayashi, who scored KCMG’s best-ever Super Formula finish in second after leading 34 of 52 laps at the start of the race, and fellow rookie Felix Rosenqvist (Sunoco Team LeMans) picked up his second podium finish in a row – while right behind them, Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU/Cerumo-INGING) in fourth extended his championship lead over the field after driving from 17th on the grid.
Continue reading Speed and strategy push Gasly to first Super Formula victory
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.
Continue reading International Suzuka 1000km: Hall of Fame – 1999-2017
It’s been six weeks since the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship was in action, and now the series will begin its push towards crowning a champion in this second half of the season, which begins with the fourth round at Twin Ring Motegi on August 20.
With four different winners through the first four races of the 2017 season, it’s shaping up to be another thrilling championship finale come October 22 at the JAF Grand Prix at Suzuka – and this round at Motegi will throw the teams a bit of a curveball this time out, as the series introduces the prime and option tyre dynamic for this and the following round at Autopolis on September 10.
Continue reading Road to the Super Formula Championship resumes at Motegi
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.
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.
Continue reading Entry List: 46th International Suzuka 1000km