Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP) top prospect and Super GT driver Mitsunori Takaboshi was crowned the 2017 All-Japan Formula Three Champion at this weekend’s final race meeting at Sportsland SUGO, taking the title by a final margin of eight points over Toyota Young Driver Program (TDP) top star Sho Tsuboi at the end of a grueling twenty-race season.
Tsuboi won Saturday’s penultimate round of the championship, but with a fourth place finish in that same race, Takaboshi clinched the title with one round in hand, becoming the first driver to win the National Class championship and the main game championship since the former was introduced in 2008.
In the final race of the season, Hiroki Otsu took his first career Japanese F3 victory for TODA Racing, after taking a surprise double pole position on Saturday.
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As part of the penultimate round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship at Sportsland SUGO, the All-Japan Formula Three Championship will be up for grabs in the final two races of the season.
Two of Japan’s prodigious young racing talents, Mitsunori Takaboshi and Sho Tsuboi, are the only two men left standing after 18 of 20 races this season, and although it’s Takaboshi who still holds a comfortable 19-point lead in the championship going into the final two races, it’s the challenger Tsuboi who has all the momentum on his side.
Continue reading Takaboshi versus Tsuboi showdown at Sugo for All-Japan F3 Championship
Sophomore driver Sho Tsuboi is the hottest driver on the All-Japan Formula Three Championship circuit – and the TOM’s Racing ace needed every ounce of white-hot energy to take the championship fight against points leader Mitsunori Takaboshi to the final race meeting of the season at Sportsland SUGO.
With a double-victory at Autopolis this past weekend, Tsuboi won his seventh and eighth races of the year respectively – wins five and six in a row after sweeping the entire three-race meeting at Twin Ring Motegi on July 29-30 – Tsuboi now lies just 19 points back of Takaboshi with two races and 24 points up for grabs at SUGO.
Continue reading Tsuboi’s eighth Japanese F3 victory keeps championship hopes alive
On the back of his seventh race win of the 2017 All-Japan Formula Three Championship this past Saturday, and a subsequent second place finish on Sunday, B-Max Racing driver and Nissan Driver Development Programme top star Mitsunori Takaboshi was able to extend his leading margin to 26 points in the drivers’ championship.
Takaboshi split the winnings with Corolla Chukyo TOM’s driver Sho Tsuboi, who won Round 13 of the 2017 championship from pole position on Sunday, recovering from a first-lap clash with teammate Ritomo Miyata in Saturday’s Round 12.
Continue reading Takaboshi extends Formula 3 championship lead at Fuji