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Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s seize championship lead with Buriram victory

Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, both just 23 years of age, are two of the brightest young stars in the Autobacs Super GT Series – and in all of global motorsport. On Sunday, they took a defining step towards becoming the youngest GT500 champions in series history, by driving the #37 KeePer TOM’s Lexus LC500 to victory in the 66-lap Chang Super GT Race, held at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.

In a race that began under treacherous conditions, Hirakawa and Cassidy overturned an 11-point deficit into a 6-point lead in the standings on the eve of the Motegi GT Grand Final at Twin Ring Motegi on November 12.

They led home a Lexus 1-2 finish, ahead of the #6 Wako’s 4CR LC500 of Kazuya Oshima & Andrea Caldarelli, who moved into second in the standings, ahead of the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda & Ronnie Quintarelli, who fell to third in the championship tables after a ninth-place finish.

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Hirakawa overcomes late penalty to finish 2nd in Spa-Francorchamps

Super GT young star Ryo Hirakawa helped extend G-Drive Racing by DragonSpeed’s lead in the European Le Mans Series’ LMP2 class after a thrilling 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, despite being forced to serve a drive-through penalty while leading in the final half-hour of the race.

Hirakawa, along with co-drivers Memo Rojas and Léo Roussel in the #22 G-Drive Oreca 07, finished 2nd by just six-tenths of a second to the #40 Graff Racing Oreca 07 of Gustavo Yacamán, James Allen, and fellow Super Formula alumni Richard Bradley.

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Hirakawa resumes European Le Mans Series challenge at Spa-Francorchamps

Super GT star Ryo Hirakawa hasn’t been able to compete in Europe since the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past June, but this weekend, the 23-year-old Toyota Young Driver Programme (TDP) star and GT500 championship contender will return to the European Le Mans Series at this weekend’s 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Hirakawa will return to the wheel of the #22 G-Drive Racing with Dragonspeed Oreca 07-Gibson, which he drove to a victory at Monza, Italy in May, partnering veteran Memo Rojas of Mexico, and young Léo Roussel of France.

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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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