Persistent rain couldn’t put a damper on the end of the 2017 Super Taikyu Endurance Series, which closed out its season by crowning its final set of champions in two three-hour endurance races at the Okayama International Circuit this weekend.
The #777 D’station Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R of Satoshi Hoshino, Seiji Ara, and Tsubasa Kondo won from pole position, taking their first win of the season, while fifth place in the final Group 1 race of 2017 was enough to clinch the ST-X class championship for the #8 ARN Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 of Hiroaki Nagai and Kota Sasaki – pending the investigation of a fuel system infraction in the final round of the race that sent them to the back of the grid.
Honda and the Modulo Dome Racing Project made history as the inaugural champions of Super Taikyu’s new ST-TCR category, while also winning their class in the final round of the season to boot.
Continue reading D’station Racing wins in Okayama, ARN Racing provisional ST-X champions
Just one round remains in the 2017 Super Taikyu Series, and three of the series’ class champions will be crowned on September 15 during the sixth and final race meeting of the season at Okayama International Circuit.
This final round of the season consists of two three-hour endurance races, with the ST-X, ST-TCR, and ST-3 class championships to be decided in the second and final race this Sunday afternoon.
Continue reading Super Taikyu season concludes with “Safari of Speed” at Okayama
On July 28, the GT Association (GTA), the promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, announced the provisional schedule for the 2018 Super GT season.
The 2018 calendar consists of eight races, seven of which will be held domestically in Japan, and one single fly-away round in Thailand. Among the highlights of the new calendar include the return of the Suzuka GT 300km Race on May 19-20, and several existing rounds moving places in the calendar.
Continue reading Super GT announces 2018 schedule
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.
Continue reading Takaboshi extends All-Japan F3 championship lead at Okayama