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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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Super Taikyu prepares for star-studded Fuji Super TEC

Just a week after the 46th International Suzuka 1000km, many of Super GT’s top stars will be in action for the fifth round of the 2017 Super Taikyu Series, the ten-hour, crown jewel event known as the Fuji Super TEC at Fuji Speedway.

This year, the Super TEC endurance race will serve as the penultimate round of the Super Taikyu championship – with four of the seven class championships likely to be decided at the end of the longest endurance sports car race in Japanese domestic competition.

And with over forty active Super GT drivers on the entry list, plus a handful of the series’ legends, the quality of the field is in top form – and many expect the race itself to be as well.

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Oliveira & Kondo Racing take record-breaking Suzuka 1000km pole

This weekend’s 46th International Suzuka 1000km will be the swansong for the GT500 class at this event, and Brazilian star João Paulo de Oliveira made the final qualifying session for the GT500 cars at the Suzuka summer endurance race a memorable one.

Oliveira, Daiki Sasaki, and the #24 Forum Engineering Advan Nissan GT-R of Kondo Racing stormed to pole position – the first ever for Kondo Racing in their twelve years in GT500 – as Oliveira broke the course record for GT500 cars by over three-tenths of a season.

It is a lap that will likely stand for all time as the fastest lap by a GT car at the Suzuka summer endurance race, and it puts Kondo Racing in the best position to potentially win the final Suzuka 1000km on Sunday and turn around what has been a miserable season for the team thus far.

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Nissan brings first GT500 engine update to Sugo

The four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500s will be the first to trial the first of two engine updates this season at this weekend’s upcoming Sugo GT 300km Race at Sportsland SUGO.

Nissan executive director Toshikazu Tanaka expects the revised NR20A engine to feature “greater reliability, better performance, and to be more competitive” as NISMO, Calsonic Team Impul, Kondo Racing, and MOLA each bid for the GT-R’s first victory of the 2017 season.

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