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JAF Grand Prix Suzuka cancelled as Typhoon Lan approaches Japan

Super Typhoon Lan is projected to be the largest typhoon to ever make landfall in Japan on Sunday, intensifying to Category 5 status – the highest classification for such a phenomena – with winds topping out over 150 miles per hour and the likelihood of severe flash flooding and mudslides in the affected areas.

With this potentially lethal storm bearing down on the mainland of the country, Japan Race Promotion (JRP), the promoters of the Japanese Super Formula Championship, came to the decision to cancel the two races of the JAF Grand Prix Suzuka, shortly after the conclusion of qualifying on Saturday.

Hiroaki Ishiura has won his second Super Formula Drivers’ Championship in three seasons, and P.MU/Cerumo-INGING have won their third consecutive Teams’ Championship.

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Special Preview: 16th JAF Grand Prix Suzuka

The final round of the Japanese Super Formula Championship will take place, fittingly, at the 16th JAF Grand Prix Suzuka at Suzuka Circuit – a two-race final act that will determine the 45th Japanese Top Formula Champion.

Eight drivers – including four main contenders and four longshots – are still mathematically eligible to win the championship, in these final two races of the 2017 season. Two young superstars are vying to become the first rookie champion of the series in over twenty years. It’s all to play for in the richest prize in Japanese open-wheel racing.

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Kunimoto wins 2016 Super Formula Championship in Suzuka

At the end of a historic JAF Suzuka Grand Prix, 26-year-old Yuji Kunimoto saw his dream of becoming champion realized, as he won the first of two races on Sunday to take the championship lead, before sealing his first-ever Japanese Super Formula Championship title with a sixth place finish in the afternoon’s feature race.

Kunimoto and the P.MU/Cerumo-INGING team took the championship as Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne held off one last charge from Andre Lotterer, to win in his farewell Super Formula race before stepping up to Formula 1.

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Super Formula JAF Grand Prix preview

Heading into the last round of the 2016 Japanese Super Formula Championship, there’s never been this much excitement, this much drama, and this much anticipation for a season finale in Japanese Top Formula competition. Not in many, many years at least.

And it is only fitting that this last round is the JAF Suzuka Grand Prix, a two-race doubleheader at Suzuka Circuit, the spiritual home of formula racing in Japan. There are a magnificent seven realistic championship contenders, all within twelve and a half points, with as many as eighteen points available over the two races plus qualifying.

Of these seven competitors, there are four former Super Formula champions, including the defending title holder. There are four active Super GT stars, and two distinguished series alumni. There are two “super” rookies, one of whom has a guaranteed ticket to Formula 1, trying to make history of their own. And any one of them could potentially leave Suzuka on Sunday evening as the champion.

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