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Super GT announces 2018 schedule

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.

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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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