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The Big Names in the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours

This week’s Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours is the premier race on the calendar for the pro-am Pirelli Super Taikyu Series, one of the most diverse endurance racing categories in the world – featuring GT3, GT4, and TCR touring cars mixed with a wide collection of race-tuned production cars.

Super Taikyu is not a full professional series like the GT500 class of Super GT, or Super Formula, but in this race there are many accomplished racing drivers who have achieved stardom both in Japan and abroad. Even some of the less-heralded gentleman drivers have earned a great deal of respect for their contributions inside and outside of motorsport.

At Super GT World, we’ve broken down the entire entry list and highlighted the top teams from the top three classes, and the big-name drivers competing in the lower categories, to help you find a team to support in this weekend’s landmark endurance event.

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Team JLOC adds Mapelli, Motojima for 2018

Team JLOC (Japan Lamborghini Owner’s Club) have confirmed their full-season driver lineup for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series on Monday, as they prepare for their 25th successive season in All-Japan GT/Super GT competition.

Lamborghini Squadra Corse factory driver Marco Mapelli will join the returning young ace Kazuki Hiramine aboard JLOC’s flagship #88 ManePa Lamborghini Hurac├ín GT3 for the 2018 season, while after a partial season slate with JLOC in 2017, Yuya Motojima has been promoted to a full-time ride alongside Kimiya Sato in the #87 Legal Frontier Lamborghini GT3.

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Tsuboi’s eighth Japanese F3 victory keeps championship hopes alive

Sophomore driver Sho Tsuboi is the hottest driver on the All-Japan Formula Three Championship circuit – and the TOM’s Racing ace needed every ounce of white-hot energy to take the championship fight against points leader Mitsunori Takaboshi to the final race meeting of the season at Sportsland SUGO.

With a double-victory at Autopolis this past weekend, Tsuboi won his seventh and eighth races of the year respectively – wins five and six in a row after sweeping the entire three-race meeting at Twin Ring Motegi on July 29-30 – Tsuboi now lies just 19 points back of Takaboshi with two races and 24 points up for grabs at SUGO.

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K2 R&D LEON Racing make late charge to GT300 victory at Suzuka 1000km

A combination of brilliant pit strategy, and an extraordinary charge to the front of the field in the final leg of the 46th International Suzuka 1000km, helped the #65 LEON Cvstos Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Haruki Kurosawa and Naoya Gamou take a memorable GT300 class victory, in the final Suzuka 1000km as part of the Autobacs Super GT Series.

Gamou rallied back from a deficit of over ten seconds to take the lead with 9 laps to go, and drove on to take the chequered flag for K2 R&D LEON Racing after completing 158 laps in a time-shortened race.

With the 25 points earned for their victory – the first at the Suzuka summer endurance race for Mercedes in the GT300 class – Kurosawa and Gamou now lead the GT300 Drivers’ Championship by two points with two rounds remaining in the 2017 season.

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