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While a bat­tle was rag­ing at the front for the hon­ours of lift­ing the 40th Suzuka Eight Hour crown, there was also the small mat­ter of the En­durance World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle, with Suzuki En­durance Rac­ing Team com­ing into the fi­nal round of the 2016-17 sea­son with a sin­gle-point lead over GMT94 Yamaha.

How­ever, after a dif­fi­cult week­end in Ja­pan for the French Suzuki team, it was their coun­try­men GMT94 who took top hon­ours at the end of the race, tak­ing a strong eleventh place at the flag to se­cure enough points for their third world cham­pi­onship vic­tory.

But with only a hand­ful of the per­ma­nent cham­pi­onship teams head­ing to Suzuka, team boss Christophe Guyot ad­mit­ted after the race that the goal of the week­end has sim­ply been to do their own thing in the quest for the ti­tle.

“It was not pos­si­ble to bat­tle with our per­ma­nent ri­vals be­cause the ti­tle was too im­por­tant,” he said. The only fo­cus was to check on them so we did a safe race. We had some lit­tle prob­lems with the elec­tron­ics but that is rac­ing and we are lucky be­cause we didn’t have any prob­lems be­fore to­day, apart from a lit­tle stop-and-go penalty! We have the world cham­pi­onship ti­tle in our pocket and after three con­sec­u­tive race wins I think we did well.”

GMT94 went to Suzuka look­ing for safe points

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