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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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Lotterer, Sekiguchi split victories in Super Formula at Okayama

The 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship came back to Okayama International Circuit this past weekend, for a crucial double-header weekend at the technical 3.7 kilometer circuit in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Saturday saw Vantelin Team TOM’s driver André Lotterer win the first 30-lap sprint race, and on Sunday, it was sophomore sensation Yuhi Sekiguchi who captured the win in the 51-lap feature event.

Thanks to a win and a third place for the 2011 series champion Lotterer in the two events, plus a scoreless meeting for his teammate Kazuki Nakajima, the German moves into the lead of the Super Formula Drivers’ Championship after three races.

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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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2017 Driver Rankings: Okayama GT 300km Race

Welcome to the first installment of Super GT World’s 2017 Driver Rankings series. Today, we’re going to examine the Okayama GT 300km Race, held on April 9, 2017 at Okayama International Circuit.

Our driver rankings are calculated by taking the average of each individual driver’s ten fastest laps during the race session. For the Suzuka 1000km, we will average each driver’s twenty fastest race laps.

The methodology is inspired by the works of racing driver David Heinemeier Hansson, who provides similar analytical breakdowns for World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races.

Timing and scoring data was taken from the data available through the official 2017 Super GT Live Timing App, available exclusively on iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad. Live functionality will cost ¥860 JPY/$7.99 USD/£7.99 GBP, all other functions are free of charge.

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