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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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Hirakawa wins 4 Hours of Monza for G-Drive/DragonSpeed

This past weekend, Autobacs Super GT Series star Ryo Hirakawa took part in his second event of the 2017 European Le Mans Series – the 4 Hours of Monza at the fabled Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy.

Driving for the #22 G-Drive Racing with DragonSpeed team and their Oreca 07-Gibson prototype, Hirakawa, along with co-drivers Memo Rojas and Léo Roussel, took the overall and LMP2 class victories in Monza, atoning for their late-race letdown in the opening round of the ELMS season at Silverstone.

Hirakawa drove the #22 G-Drive/DragonSpeed Oreca home to the victory over the course of his 1 hour and 15 minute closing stint, which was not without some drama after Hirakawa picked up a late drive-through penalty – but it wasn’t enough to knock them off the top step of the podium and lead home a 1-2 finish for the Russian-American squad.

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Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo conquer the mountain at Fuji 500km

It had been nearly three and a half years since the last time Toyota Motor Corporation saw one of their GT500 machines win a race at their home grounds of Fuji International Speedway.

But their drought at the foot of Mount Fuji finally came to an end last week during the 33rd running of the Golden Week classic, the Fuji GT 500km Race, as the #38 ZENT Cerumo Lexus LC500 of “Fuji-meister” Yuji Tachikawa and Hiroaki Ishiura took the chequered flag after a dominant race meeting, scoring pole position on Sunday, and leading a whopping 106 out of 110 laps en route to their first win of the 2017 season.

Capping off Lexus’ second straight clean sweep of the GT500 podium to open the 2017 season, it was a milestone victory for the legendary three-time champion Tachikawa – who won his eighth career race at Fuji Speedway, and now moves back into a tie for the all-time GT500 wins record.

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2017 Driver Rankings: Okayama GT 300km Race

Welcome to the first installment of Super GT World’s 2017 Driver Rankings series. Today, we’re going to examine the Okayama GT 300km Race, held on April 9, 2017 at Okayama International Circuit.

Our driver rankings are calculated by taking the average of each individual driver’s ten fastest laps during the race session. For the Suzuka 1000km, we will average each driver’s twenty fastest race laps.

The methodology is inspired by the works of racing driver David Heinemeier Hansson, who provides similar analytical breakdowns for World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races.

Timing and scoring data was taken from the data available through the official 2017 Super GT Live Timing App, available exclusively on iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad. Live functionality will cost ¥860 JPY/$7.99 USD/£7.99 GBP, all other functions are free of charge.

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