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Button, Kobayashi to hit the track at Suzuka test

It’s the final official test session of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, and the final tune-up at Suzuka Circuit for the teams and drivers for this August’s 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final.

41 teams and over 80 drivers will take part in the two-day official test session at Suzuka Circuit on June 30 and July 1, which will feature several third drivers as part of the test – including another much-anticipated outing for both Jenson Button and Kamui Kobayashi, the two former Formula 1 stars who will make their Super GT race debuts at the Suzuka 1000km on August 27.

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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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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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