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2017 Motegi GT Grand Final Preview: GT500 – Fight to the Finish

At the end of a journey of eight races, 3,300 kilometers of competition, over eight months, and across two countries, there is one last test. One last 250 kilometer super sprint, to crown the champions of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Super GT season concludes in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, at the challenging Twin Ring Motegi circuit – home of the Motegi GT Grand Final.

Everything is at stake in Super GT’s final November showdown, between five of the best teams, and nine of the best drivers, in the world of sports car racing today as they battle it out in one final fight – for the right to join the roll of honour and become GT500 class champions.

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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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Sekiguchi wins again in Sugo, Gasly closes in on championship lead

It wasn’t the dominant performance that he put on this time a year ago, but Yuhi Sekiguchi did hang on to win the sixth round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship at Sportsland SUGO on Sunday, keeping his hopes of winning the 2017 championship alive going into next month’s JAF Grand Prix weekend at Suzuka Circuit.

Sekiguchi denied Red Bull Team Mugen’s Pierre Gasly a third consecutive victory by just 0.243 seconds, the closest finish of the season. However, the French rookie closed to within half a point of championship leader Hiroaki Ishiura, who finished sixth – leaving eight drivers still mathematically eligible for the championship in October’s season finale.

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Super Formula swings to Sugo for penultimate championship round

Just two more rounds, and three races remain in the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship, and the sixth and penultimate round resonates from the tight, undulating, and treacherous Sportsland Sugo in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

Last year at Sugo, a rookie driver delivered one of the all-time great drives in Japanese Top Formula history. This year, the rookie class of 2017 – led by championship contenders Pierre Gasly and Felix Rosenqvist – will look to replicate Yuhi Sekiguchi’s stunning 2016 pole-to-victory performance, and take another step towards moving past former champion Hiroaki Ishiura in the Drivers’ Championship.

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