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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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Lexus Team au TOM’s survive controversial clash to win at Autopolis

The Autobacs Super GT Series made their long-awaited return to Autopolis circuit for the Super GT in Kyushu 300km on May 21, the first race at the mountainous circuit in Oita Prefecture since 2015.

After starting seventh on the grid after an accident in the second stage of Saturday qualifying, the #36 au TOM’s Lexus LC500 of Kazuki Nakajima and James Rossiter charged through the field, and on to take the victory at Autopolis – as Nakajima’s incredible start to the 2017 season across Super GT, WEC, and Super Formula continues.

Lexus remain undefeated in GT500 in the 2017 Super GT season, but the win was not without controversy, after a collision with the defending GT500 champions’ #1 Denso Kobelco SARD LC500 of Heikki Kovalainen & Kohei Hirate while the two Lexus cars were battling for the top spot with 15 laps to go in the 65 lap race.

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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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#TBT: Super GT in Kyushu 300km, 2011-2015

For this week’s Throwback Tuesday Thursday, we take a look back at the last five runnings of the Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis. With the 2016 race cancelled due to the damage caused by the Kumamoto earthquakes of April 2016, we are instead looking at the 2011 through 2015 races.

Though Autopolis does not quite have the stature on the calendar that tracks like Fuji Speedway or Suzuka Circuit have, this circuit has produced some incredible moments over the last five times the Autobacs Super GT Series has visited Kyushu – including an all-time last-lap thriller for the ages, two emotional championship-winning moments, and a handful of incredibly dominant performances from both teams and drivers alike.

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