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Tsuboi breaks through with double F3 victory at Suzuka

Former F4 Japanese Champion and Super GT rookie standout Sho Tsuboi finally dropped a heavy weight off his shoulders, thanks to two victories and two long-awaited first career victories in the All-Japan Formula Three Championship at Suzuka Circuit.

Tsuboi captured pole position for both Rounds 10 and 11 of the 2017 All-Japan F3 Championship during the Suzuka Clubman Race event, then held off the challenge of two different series newcomers by less than a second to take his first and second wins of the season.

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Mugen NSX leads Honda 1-2 in first leg of Sugo test

The #16 Motul Mugen Honda NSX-GT of Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima was the fastest car on the first day of the two-day Official Test Session for the Autobacs Super GT Series at Sportsland Sugo.

Leading a Honda 1-2 order at the top of the GT500 standings, the fastest time of the Mugen NSX and the #17 Keihin NSX-GT (Koudai Tsukakoshi/Takashi Kogure) were separated by just 0.008 seconds in the afternoon session on Saturday!

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Takaboshi extends All-Japan F3 championship lead at Okayama

The All-Japan Formula Three Championship traveled back to Okayama International Circuit this past weekend, supporting the Super Formula Championship with rounds 8 and 9 of the 2017 All-Japan F3 season. When the series visited Okayama for the first time on April 1 & 2, Mitsunori Takaboshi of B-Max Racing and rookie Álex Palou of ThreeBond with Drago Corse split the three-race weekend, two wins to one.

Once again, Takaboshi and Palou would split the victories, as Takaboshi won Round 8 from pole position on Saturday, and Palou won Round 9, also from pole position. But after Palou was hit with a drive-through penalty in Round 8, a non-scoring finish for the Spaniard means that the Nissan Development Driver Programme prospect Takaboshi extended his championship lead as the season approaches the halfway mark.

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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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