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Triumph & heartbreak for Super GT stars at Le Mans

The 2017 edition of the fabled “Grand Prix of Endurance”, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be remembered as one of the most eventful, memorable editions of the event – one that saw a determined victory from the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Earl Bamber, recovering from eighteen laps and one hour down to win the race.

Ten current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series took part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, all of them experiencing a range of emotions; from the heartbreaking misfortunes at Toyota Gazoo Racing, to the improbable 2nd place overall result for former Super GT driver Oliver Jarvis and the Jackie Chan DC Racing team – which won the LMP2 class, and so nearly took the most unfathomable overall victory in modern Le Mans history.

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Super Taikyu Suzuka 4 Hours Preview: Survival of the Fastest

The Super Taikyu Endurance Series returns to action on June 10th and 11th for the first of its two major events of the season. The Suzuka Super Taikyu 4 Hour Race will see all seven active classes, including the newest ST-TCR class, competing on track at the same time in a single long-distance event.

54 teams and over 150 drivers of all skill levels will do battle this weekend, and at Suzuka, there will be a few prolific teams and drivers making their season debuts – including the return of two Japanese racing legends in a single car, and a new machine making its Super Taikyu debut in ST-TCR.

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Super GT stars past and present ready to rock the Nürburgring 24 Hours

19 current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series will make up the entry list of over 400 drivers from 161 teams in the 45th running of the ADAC 24 Hours Nürburgring, held at the daunting and demanding Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit in Germany.

The Nürburgring 24 Hours (N24) stands as one of the oldest and most prestigious endurance races for production-based sports and touring cars, with 20 different classes of vehicles – from FIA GT3 sports cars, to TCR International touring cars, to various modified street-legal vehicles, and experimental machines – all on track tackling the fabled “Green Hell” for one of the great races around the clock.

And in among that diverse selection of vehicles are 9 drivers from this year’s Super GT Series, and 10 drivers from years’ past, who have ventured back to the Nürburgring to take on the challenge of the world’s most infamous motor racing circuit.

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JMS LM Corsa capture Lexus RC F’s maiden GT300 victory

It had been a difficult first two years for the Lexus RC F GT3 in the Autobacs Super GT Series, with only two best finishes of tenth place in its first two seasons, and no points scored at all in 2016.

But with the unveiling of the new 2017 model RC F GT3, LM Corsa, Lexus, and Toyota were confident that their GT3 challenger could break through in Super GT this season. That moment came at Lexus’ home track, Fuji International Speedway, and the Golden Week tradition, the 2017 Fuji GT 500km Race – as the #51 JMS P.MU LM Corsa RC F GT3 of Yuichi Nakayama and Sho Tsuboi took the chequered flag for the first time ever in GT300.

A win achieved thanks in large part to great speed, incredible long first and second stints on their Bridgestone tyres, and some cruel misfortunes for the pole-winning #4 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Nobuteru Taniguchi & Tatsuya Kataoka.

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