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International Suzuka 1000km: Hall of Fame – 1999-2017

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.

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Road to the Super Formula Championship resumes at Motegi

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.

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ARTA takes double pole position at Fuji 300km

Quite simply, qualifying for the fifth round of the Autobacs Super GT Series at Fuji Speedway was a banner day for Autobacs Racing Team Aguri, who took pole position in both GT500 and GT300 classes.

Thanks to a last-gasp flying lap from Tomoki Nojiri in Q2, the #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT of Nojiri and Takashi Kobayashi notched up their third pole position of the 2017 season, and completed ARTA’s historic double pole position – the first for a single team in nearly twelve years.

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Ishiura takes Super Formula points lead with Fuji victory

Hiroaki Ishiura has always had an affinity for Fuji International Speedway in the Autobacs Super GT Series, winning the Golden Week race, the Fuji 500km, three times – most recently this year with Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo.

But the 36-year-old veteran had never won at Fuji in the Japanese Super Formula Championship in his career. That changed on Saturday, when Ishiura drove his P.MU Cerumo/INGING Toyota to his first win of the 2017 season, becoming the fourth different winner in as many races this season – and taking the points lead with it, as he finished ahead of top rookie Felix Rosenqvist and previous championship leader AndrĂ© Lotterer to complete an all-Toyota podium at their home ground at Fuji.

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