It’s been six weeks since the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship was in action, and now the series will begin its push towards crowning a champion in this second half of the season, which begins with the fourth round at Twin Ring Motegi on August 20.
With four different winners through the first four races of the 2017 season, it’s shaping up to be another thrilling championship finale come October 22 at the JAF Grand Prix at Suzuka – and this round at Motegi will throw the teams a bit of a curveball this time out, as the series introduces the prime and option tyre dynamic for this and the following round at Autopolis on September 10.
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The #19 WedsSport Advan Lexus LC500 of Yuhi Sekiguchi and Yuji Kunimoto will likely be the favourites to extend Lexus’ unbeaten GT500 record in 2017. They proved just that, as Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh went fastest in Saturday’s free practice session for the Fuji GT 300km Race.
Sekiguchi laid down his fastest lap of the day in the #19 WedsSport LC500 in the final minutes of practice, and together with the two Lexus Team TOM’s cars who took second and third at the chequered flag, Lexus took another 1-2-3 result in practice. In GT300, it was the #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 (Shinichi Takagi/Sean Walkinshaw) that went fastest.
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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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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.
Continue reading Super Formula returns to action at Fuji