The final of the big three manufacturer fan festivals in Japan brings us back to Fuji Speedway, home circuit of the Toyota Motor Corporation, for the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival this Sunday.
It’s a celebration of Toyota’s successes across the world of motorsport – their winning return to the FIA World Rally Championship, a solid season in the World Endurance Championship, and of course, winning Japan’s two biggest championships – the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Japanese Super Formula Championship.
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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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It wasn’t the dominant performance that he put on this time a year ago, but Yuhi Sekiguchi did hang on to win the sixth round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship at Sportsland SUGO on Sunday, keeping his hopes of winning the 2017 championship alive going into next month’s JAF Grand Prix weekend at Suzuka Circuit.
Sekiguchi denied Red Bull Team Mugen’s Pierre Gasly a third consecutive victory by just 0.243 seconds, the closest finish of the season. However, the French rookie closed to within half a point of championship leader Hiroaki Ishiura, who finished sixth – leaving eight drivers still mathematically eligible for the championship in October’s season finale.
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Pierre Gasly took a major step towards becoming only the second rookie champion in Japanese Top Formula Championship history, by taking back-to-back victories in the 2017 Super Formula Championship with his win this past weekend at Autopolis circuit on the island of Kyushu.
In the second of two races to feature the prime/option tyre selection this season, the Red Bull Team Mugen driver Gasly went from fifth on the grid to second with a great start, then powered past pole winner Tomoki Nojiri to claim his second win of the season – leading an all-rookie 1-2 finish ahead of Felix Rosenqvist of Sunoco Team LeMans, who along with Gasly has asserted himself as a major championship threat to points leader Hiroaki Ishiura.
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