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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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Unpacking the Final Suzuka 1000km

At the crossover point of being as far removed from the 46th and final International Suzuka 1000km as we are to the approach of the penultimate round of the Autobacs Super GT Series, it’s as good a time as any to look back on a landmark event for the series.

Emotional upset victories. Star-making performances. Instances of triumph and heartbreak. And the one-off arrival of a game-changing superstar. It was all on display three weeks ago at Suzuka.

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Epson Nakajima Racing shock the world at Suzuka 1000km

The 46th International Suzuka 1000km was destined to be a classic – but few could have predicted the winner of the final 1000km endurance race at Suzuka Circuit.

The #64 Epson Modulo Honda NSX-GT of Bertrand Baguette and Kosuke Matsuura emerged as the unexpected winner of the final Suzuka 1000km, taking Honda’s eighth overall victory in the event, and ending a winless drought for Nakajima Racing that lasted nearly ten painful years – and did it in style, with a signature victory in the biggest race of the season.

It was the emotional climax to a race that was bound with a mix of exciting action, intrigue, heartache, and displays of indomitable spirit up and down the GT500 grid to close out the first era of the Suzuka summer endurance race.

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K2 R&D LEON Racing make late charge to GT300 victory at Suzuka 1000km

A combination of brilliant pit strategy, and an extraordinary charge to the front of the field in the final leg of the 46th International Suzuka 1000km, helped the #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Haruki Kurosawa and Naoya Gamou take a memorable GT300 class victory, in the final Suzuka 1000km as part of the Autobacs Super GT Series.

Gamou rallied back from a deficit of over ten seconds to take the lead with 9 laps to go, and drove on to take the chequered flag for K2 R&D LEON Racing after completing 158 laps in a time-shortened race.

With the 25 points earned for their victory – the first at the Suzuka summer endurance race for Mercedes in the GT300 class – Kurosawa and Gamou now lead the GT300 Drivers’ Championship by two points with two rounds remaining in the 2017 season.

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