One of the greatest drivers in the history of auto racing has announced his retirement from the Japanese Super Formula Championship.
André Lotterer, the 2011 series champion, announced Thursday that he would no longer race in Super Formula after fifteen seasons in the series – a career that made him the most successful foreign driver in Japanese Top Formula racing history, and also laid the groundwork for one of the most successful endurance racing careers of all time.
The decision comes as Lotterer takes on new challenges in racing in 2018, and with his career at a crossroads at 36 years of age, the German racing legend opted to call time on his single-seater career.
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Mobile gaming and entertainment developer Mobcast Inc. announced on Wednesday that they have finalized the details of a purchase of 100 percent of TOM’s Co. Ltd, the parent company of TOM’s Racing.
Valued at over ¥1.7 billion JPY, Mobcast’s purchase of TOM’s adds to their portfolio one of Japan’s most renowned automotive partsmakers, tuners, and racing teams – and over twenty-five major racing championships between Super GT, Super Formula, and All-Japan Formula Three, pending the completion of the sale on February 28, 2018.
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Four current and two former stars from the Autobacs Super GT Series will take part in the 64th running of the Macau Grand Prix on the weekend of November 19, 2017, which includes the historic Formula 3 Grand Prix, and the FIA GT World Cup, both run on the demanding 6.1 kilometer Guia Circuit.
Yuhi Sekiguchi, Kenta Yamashita, and Sho Tsuboi will lead the Japanese contingent in the Formula 3 race, while Hiroki Yoshimoto will represent Japan in the all-pro GT World Cup – two events stacked with top-flight talent from top to bottom.
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Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP) top prospect and Super GT driver Mitsunori Takaboshi was crowned the 2017 All-Japan Formula Three Champion at this weekend’s final race meeting at Sportsland SUGO, taking the title by a final margin of eight points over Toyota Young Driver Program (TDP) top star Sho Tsuboi at the end of a grueling twenty-race season.
Tsuboi won Saturday’s penultimate round of the championship, but with a fourth place finish in that same race, Takaboshi clinched the title with one round in hand, becoming the first driver to win the National Class championship and the main game championship since the former was introduced in 2008.
In the final race of the season, Hiroki Otsu took his first career Japanese F3 victory for TODA Racing, after taking a surprise double pole position on Saturday.
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