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Sekiguchi wins again in Sugo, Gasly closes in on championship lead

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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Ishiura takes Super Formula points lead with Fuji victory

Hiroaki Ishiura has always had an affinity for Fuji International Speedway in the Autobacs Super GT Series, winning the Golden Week race, the Fuji 500km, three times – most recently this year with Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo.

But the 36-year-old veteran had never won at Fuji in the Japanese Super Formula Championship in his career. That changed on Saturday, when Ishiura drove his P.MU Cerumo/INGING Toyota to his first win of the 2017 season, becoming the fourth different winner in as many races this season – and taking the points lead with it, as he finished ahead of top rookie Felix Rosenqvist and previous championship leader André Lotterer to complete an all-Toyota podium at their home ground at Fuji.

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Super Formula returns to action at Fuji

It’s been over a month, but the third round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship will get underway this weekend from Fuji International Speedway, for a 55-lap race around the fabled, historic, high-speed circuit at the foot of Mount Fuji.

So far, three different drivers have won the first three races of the season – and with the double-race weekend at Okayama this May paying out only half-points to the winners, this race will serve as the pivot point of the 2017 championship battles.

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Nakajima scores commanding win at Super Formula opener in Suzuka

The 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship began this weekend with the season opening round at Suzuka Circuit, and star Toyota factory racer Kazuki Nakajima opened his season with a dominating, wire-to-wire victory at Suzuka.

Nakajima led all 35 laps of the first of nine races this season, taking his ninth career Super Formula race victory, his fifth at Suzuka Circuit, and the first for him and his team since 2015.

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