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Super Formula gears up for penultimate round at Sugo

Featuring the stars of the Autobacs Super GT Series, the Super Formula Japanese Championship is heading to Sportsland Sugo for its penultimate race weekend, a 68-lap championship race that will solidify the championship picture heading into the JAF Grand Prix finale at Suzuka.

Sugo is a tight, technical circuit where overtaking may be at a premium, where qualifying position and the race start will be extremely crucial to success. But don’t think this will be an ordinary procession – Sugo’s reputation as an “action track” in Super GT also applies in Super Formula, where in 2013, Loïc Duval defeated Andre Lotterer at the line in the closest finish in series history – 0.041 seconds.

Lotterer, the defending race winner at Sugo for Vantelin Team TOM’s, is one of six drivers within reach of the championship leader, Yuji Kunimoto of p.MU/Cerumo-INGING.

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Action-packed weekend at Okayama for Super Formula and Japanese F3

This weekend sees the first double-header race weekend of the Japanese Super Formula Championship, and a crucial one in terms of solidifying the championship picture as the 2016 season reaches the halfway point at Okayama International Circuit.

The double-header at Okayama serves not only as a replacement for the scheduled round at Autopolis that was rescheduled and relocated in the wake of the Kumamoto earthquakes, but as a make-up date for a rain-shortened Okayama round in May – a race that was stopped after just eight laps, all run under the safety car. Continue reading Action-packed weekend at Okayama for Super Formula and Japanese F3

Super Formula, All-Japan F3 head to Motegi

Why wait until the 45th International Suzuka 1000km to see many of Super GT’s top stars in action? They’ll be at Twin Ring Motegi for the fourth round of the Japanese Super Formula Championship, which also features the sixth race meeting of the All-Japan Formula Three Championship.

This is expected to be the race that will truly solidify the picture in the Super Formula drivers’ championship – at a critical race that will see the introduction of an “option” tyre for the races from this round onward in the 2016 season.

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Raybrig NSX, Subaru BRZ pace Sugo opening practice

Saturday’s opening practice session for the Autobacs Super GT Series Sugo GT 300km Race was led by last year’s race winners, the Raybrig Honda NSX-GT of Team Kunimitsu, and drivers Naoki Yamamoto and Takuya Izawa.

Yamamoto set the fastest time in the morning session with a 1:11.057 lap around the 3.7 kilometer circuit. The Raybrig NSX was one of eleven cars in GT500 to eclipse the existing track record from last year’s qualifying. Continue reading Raybrig NSX, Subaru BRZ pace Sugo opening practice