The #99 Y’s Distraction GTNET Nissan GT-R GT3 of Tadao Uematsu, Kazuki Hoshino, and Kiyoto Fujinami got the GTNET Motor Sports team their first Super Taikyu Series victory in over a year by taking the victory in the Suzuka 4 Hour Endurance Race, the third round of the 2017 Super Taikyu season.
With the help of some smart strategy during a key safety car intervention, and some superb driving from their professional drivers Hoshino and Fujinami, the #99 GT-R went on to take the overall victory at Suzuka Circuit – the eleventh consecutive victory in Super Taikyu for the Nissan GT-R GT3.
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The Super Taikyu Endurance Series returns to action on June 10th and 11th for the first of its two major events of the season. The Suzuka Super Taikyu 4 Hour Race will see all seven active classes, including the newest ST-TCR class, competing on track at the same time in a single long-distance event.
54 teams and over 150 drivers of all skill levels will do battle this weekend, and at Suzuka, there will be a few prolific teams and drivers making their season debuts – including the return of two Japanese racing legends in a single car, and a new machine making its Super Taikyu debut in ST-TCR.
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0.091 seconds. That was the record-smallest margin, by which the #25 VivaC Team Tsuchiya Toyota 86 MC of Takamitsu Matsui held off the #61 Subaru BRZ R&D Sport of Takuto Iguchi, as the two raced to take the chequered flag in the GT300 class of Round 3 of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, the Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis.
Overcoming a fuel pump issue in the final laps of the race, as well as a frantic charge from the Subaru of Iguchi and his co-driver Hideki Yamauchi, the #25 VivaC 86 of Matsui and co-driver Kenta Yamashita won from pole position in the GT300 class.
In doing so, Matsui and Yamashita scored the first victory for a JAF-GT300/Mother Chassis vehicle in 2017, as well as the season’s first victory for the defending GT300 champions VivaC Team Tsuchiya – but most importantly, the victory moves them into the GT300 Championship lead heading into the traditional Summer Series.
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Today will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the untimely death of one of the greatest drivers of their generation who never had a chance to race in the Autobacs Super GT Series, but whose impact and legacy is still felt today as an all-time legend of Japanese motorsport.
Hitoshi Ogawa was just 36 years old when he lost his life in an All-Japan Formula 3000 racing accident at Suzuka Circuit on May 24, 1992.
An accomplished driver across a number of disciplines, from single-seaters, to touring cars, to prototype sports cars – Ogawa was a driver who overcame a number of setbacks early in his too-brief career to become a champion of Japan’s top single-seater championship, and an early architect of Toyota’s successful prototype racing programme on the international level.
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