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Honda Racing Thanks Day returns to Motegi this weekend

The second of the big three manufacturer fan festivals in Japan is the Honda Racing Thanks Day, which will be held this weekend, on 3 December, at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Honda’s top stars from the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Japanese Super Formula Championship will be joined by top Honda riders from MotoGP and the world of Superbike racing, Formula 1 drivers Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne, WTCC drivers including Super GT legend Ryo Michigami, and the star of the show – Indianapolis 500 winner, Takuma Sato.

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JAF Grand Prix Suzuka cancelled as Typhoon Lan approaches Japan

Super Typhoon Lan is projected to be the largest typhoon to ever make landfall in Japan on Sunday, intensifying to Category 5 status – the highest classification for such a phenomena – with winds topping out over 150 miles per hour and the likelihood of severe flash flooding and mudslides in the affected areas.

With this potentially lethal storm bearing down on the mainland of the country, Japan Race Promotion (JRP), the promoters of the Japanese Super Formula Championship, came to the decision to cancel the two races of the JAF Grand Prix Suzuka, shortly after the conclusion of qualifying on Saturday.

Hiroaki Ishiura has won his second Super Formula Drivers’ Championship in three seasons, and P.MU/Cerumo-INGING have won their third consecutive Teams’ Championship.

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Special Preview: 16th JAF Grand Prix Suzuka

The final round of the Japanese Super Formula Championship will take place, fittingly, at the 16th JAF Grand Prix Suzuka at Suzuka Circuit – a two-race final act that will determine the 45th Japanese Top Formula Champion.

Eight drivers – including four main contenders and four longshots – are still mathematically eligible to win the championship, in these final two races of the 2017 season. Two young superstars are vying to become the first rookie champion of the series in over twenty years. It’s all to play for in the richest prize in Japanese open-wheel racing.

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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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