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Super GT honours its Heroes in Tokyo awards ceremony

On Friday, the GT Association (GTA) held the third annual Super GT Heroes show from the Westin Hotel Tokyo, a postseason awards banquet to commemorate the accomplishments of the teams and drivers in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series.

The awards kept coming in for GT500 Drivers’ Champions Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, GT300 Drivers’ Champions Nobuteru Taniguchi and Tatsuya Kataoka, and the Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s and Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO squads as they were presented with their official championship trophies from the GT Association.

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Super GT’s champions honoured at JAF Motorsports Awards Ceremony

This Friday, the champions of all of Japan’s major national racing championships gathered for the annual JAF (Japan Automobile Federation) Motorsports Awards Ceremony in Tokyo.

The drivers and team directors of Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s, and Goodsmile Racing with Team UKYO, were presented their awards for winning their respective classes in the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series by the GT Association (GTA) – and they weren’t the only Super GT personalities to win awards this racing season.

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Champions’ Reaction: Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s

At 23 years old each, Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy are already two of the best young drivers in international motorsport. And for both young men, it’s only the start of their own legendary careers.

Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s won the 2017 GT500 championships, the first title for the Lexus LC500 in its debut year, and the fourth for TOM’s – on the 20th anniversary of their first championship triumph. Hirakawa and Cassidy both take their places as the youngest premier class champions in Super GT history.

Here are the reactions from both drivers, and from team director Masanori Sekiya, after the team’s championship victory at Motegi.

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NISMO dominates Motegi Grand Final; Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s win GT500 championship

From an overly eventful start to their race to a confident pole-to-win victory, no team had the measure of the #23 Motul Autech NISMO GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli – which took a landmark victory in the final round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series at Twin Ring Motegi.

Quintarelli and Matsuda took their first win of the season, setting career milestones for both drivers, and for Nissan, as well as avoiding a winless 2017 campaign for the manufacturer and securing second place in the championship.

They finished ahead of the #37 KeePer TOM’s Lexus LC500 of Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, who with their second-place finish, secured history of their own as the two drivers at 23 years old became the youngest GT500 Drivers’ Champions in history.

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