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Sekiguchi wins again in Sugo, Gasly closes in on championship lead

It wasn’t the dominant performance that he put on this time a year ago, but Yuhi Sekiguchi did hang on to win the sixth round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship at Sportsland SUGO on Sunday, keeping his hopes of winning the 2017 championship alive going into next month’s JAF Grand Prix weekend at Suzuka Circuit.

Sekiguchi denied Red Bull Team Mugen’s Pierre Gasly a third consecutive victory by just 0.243 seconds, the closest finish of the season. However, the French rookie closed to within half a point of championship leader Hiroaki Ishiura, who finished sixth – leaving eight drivers still mathematically eligible for the championship in October’s season finale.

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Ishiura takes Super Formula points lead with Fuji victory

Hiroaki Ishiura has always had an affinity for Fuji International Speedway in the Autobacs Super GT Series, winning the Golden Week race, the Fuji 500km, three times – most recently this year with Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo.

But the 36-year-old veteran had never won at Fuji in the Japanese Super Formula Championship in his career. That changed on Saturday, when Ishiura drove his P.MU Cerumo/INGING Toyota to his first win of the 2017 season, becoming the fourth different winner in as many races this season – and taking the points lead with it, as he finished ahead of top rookie Felix Rosenqvist and previous championship leader André Lotterer to complete an all-Toyota podium at their home ground at Fuji.

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Kunimoto wins 2016 Super Formula Championship in Suzuka

At the end of a historic JAF Suzuka Grand Prix, 26-year-old Yuji Kunimoto saw his dream of becoming champion realized, as he won the first of two races on Sunday to take the championship lead, before sealing his first-ever Japanese Super Formula Championship title with a sixth place finish in the afternoon’s feature race.

Kunimoto and the P.MU/Cerumo-INGING team took the championship as Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne held off one last charge from Andre Lotterer, to win in his farewell Super Formula race before stepping up to Formula 1.

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Super Formula JAF Grand Prix preview

Heading into the last round of the 2016 Japanese Super Formula Championship, there’s never been this much excitement, this much drama, and this much anticipation for a season finale in Japanese Top Formula competition. Not in many, many years at least.

And it is only fitting that this last round is the JAF Suzuka Grand Prix, a two-race doubleheader at Suzuka Circuit, the spiritual home of formula racing in Japan. There are a magnificent seven realistic championship contenders, all within twelve and a half points, with as many as eighteen points available over the two races plus qualifying.

Of these seven competitors, there are four former Super Formula champions, including the defending title holder. There are four active Super GT stars, and two distinguished series alumni. There are two “super” rookies, one of whom has a guaranteed ticket to Formula 1, trying to make history of their own. And any one of them could potentially leave Suzuka on Sunday evening as the champion.

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