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Hirakawa, Rossiter return to Super Formula with Toyota

Catching up with the Japanese Super Formula Championship, as part of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s 2018 motorsport activities announcement, Toyota confirmed 10 of their 11 drivers for the upcoming Super Formula campaign.

Two-time and defending Super Formula champion Hiroaki Ishiura will lead the charge for Toyota in 2018, with Ryo Hirakawa returning to the series after a two-year absence for Itochu Enex Team Impul, and James Rossiter returning full-time to replace the retired André Lotterer at Vantelin Team TOM’s.

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Nissan announces 2018 Super GT programmes

On Monday, Nissan and NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) announced their global motorsports plans for 2018, including their team and driver lineups for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.

Nissan enters four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500s, aiming to recapture the championships it won in 2014 and 2015. Nissan won five out of eight races in 2016 and missed the 2017 title by a mere 2 points. They will also enter GT300 with two newly evolved 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s and two of the previous 2015-spec GT-R GT3s.

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Nissan protegé Takaboshi earns GT500 promotion with Kondo Racing

The Nissan Driver Development Programme (NDDP) has already graduated the likes of Katsumasa Chiyo and Daiki Sasaki to the premier class of the Autobacs Super GT Series. But 25-year-old Mitsunori Takaboshi is being regarded as the most impressive talent they’ve ever brought up.

So it seemed as if it was only going to be a matter of when, not if, the Saitama-born driver would get his chance at a full-time GT500 drive in a Nissan GT-R. On Monday, Nissan confirmed just that, by giving Takaboshi his first full-time GT500 drive in 2018 with Kondo Racing.

Takaboshi, the reigning All-Japan Formula 3 Champion, will join veteran Brazilian driver João Paulo Lima de Oliveira as the newest driver of the #24 Forum Engineering Advan GT-R, in the hopes of reviving the fortunes of Masahiko “Matchy” Kondo’s team after a difficult 2017 season.

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ARN Racing win Fuji Super TEC, draw closer to ST-X title

It was the perfect weekend for premier class championship leaders ARN Racing this past weekend, at the Fuji Super TEC 10 Hour Race, the fifth round of the 2017 Super Taikyu Series, and the biggest event of the 2017 calendar.

The #8 Ferrari 488 GT3 of Hiroaki Nagai, Kota Sasaki, and guest driver Tsubasa Mekaru went from pole position, and outlasted the competition in a grueling ten-hour event to take their second straight win of the season. The victory also gives them a massive 19-point lead in the ST-X class championship standings, with just one round left to go in the season.

Further down the running order, Volkswagen took their first win in ST-TCR, and three of the seven class championships were decided – in the ST-2, ST-4, and ST-5 categories.

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