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Triumph & heartbreak for Super GT stars at Le Mans

The 2017 edition of the fabled “Grand Prix of Endurance”, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be remembered as one of the most eventful, memorable editions of the event – one that saw a determined victory from the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Earl Bamber, recovering from eighteen laps and one hour down to win the race.

Ten current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series took part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, all of them experiencing a range of emotions; from the heartbreaking misfortunes at Toyota Gazoo Racing, to the improbable 2nd place overall result for former Super GT driver Oliver Jarvis and the Jackie Chan DC Racing team – which won the LMP2 class, and so nearly took the most unfathomable overall victory in modern Le Mans history.

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Super Formula returns with Okayama double-header

The second round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship will feature the first of two double-header weekends on the season, held at the former home of the Formula 1 Pacific Grand Prix, the Okayama International Circuit.

A maximum twelve points will be on offer over the weekend’s two races, a 110 kilometer, 30-lap sprint on Saturday, May 27, and the 190km, 51-lap “feature” race on Sunday, May 28 – just hours before the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500, and the conclusion of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring on a busy, busy weekend of racing.

And after Kazuki Nakajima opened his busy 2017 campaign with back to back WEC victories, won the most recent Autobacs Super GT Series round in Autopolis, and went wire-to-wire to take the first Super Formula round at Suzuka, the question is – who can stop the two-time Super Formula champion?

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Nakajima wins Spa 6 Hours for Toyota, Kunimoto mistake-free in WEC debut

Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers and Super GT superstars Kazuki Nakajima and Yuji Kunimoto may have missed the Autobacs Super GT Series Fuji 500km this past Thursday, but they didn’t disappoint in the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Nakajima joined co-drivers Sébastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson in their #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid to pick up the overall victory – and a Toyota 1-2 finish – in the final WEC round before the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kunimoto, the reigning Japanese Super Formula Champion, scored a fifth-place overall finish on debut in the #9 Toyota TS050 with veteran co-drivers Nicolas Lapierre and Stéphane Sarrazin.

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Entry List: 2017 Super GT in Kyushu 300km

The GT Association, sanctioning body and promoter of the Autobacs Super GT Series, have officially published the entry list for the upcoming Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis on May 20-21.

GT500 Class (15 Cars)

GT300 Class (30 Cars)

Here are the brief notes for Round 3’s entry list.

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