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Weekly Racing Roundup (11.28.22)

News and notes including SRO end-of-season awards and Super Taikyu race action…

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***SRO Motorsports Group hosted its global end-of-season award ceremony in London on Saturday evening. Champions from the 2022 seasons were crowned while other recipients included Sennan Fielding who won the Allan Simonsen Award; Patrick van Glabeke who received the Philippe Charriol Award, and Team WRT which scooped the Pit Stop Challenge in Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Sprint Cup. Vincent Andronaco was named the Sean Edwards Trophy recipient.

***Nissan squad Helm Motorsports won the Super Taikyu title by finishing second in last weekend’s Suzuka finale with Yutaka Toba, Yuya Hiraki and Reiji Hiraki. Helm leapfrogged former ST-X points leader Grid Motorsport in the final standings, while victory in the five-hour race went to Porsche Center Okazaki’s Hiroaki Nagai, Yuta Uemura and Daisuke Ito by a 50-second margin. Results

***777 Motors, a company led by entrepreneur Andrea Levy, has revealed a new Dallara-engineered, track-only hypercar. The 777 is powered by a 4.5-liter Gibson V8 engine and includes a Dallara aerodynamics package combined with input from Umberto Palermo Design. It will be produced in a limited run of seven models available for €7 million ($7.3 million USD) each and is not designed for racing, despite carrying motorsport technologies. All cars will be based at the 777 program’s Monza headquarters.

***Czech constructor Praga has also launched a new hypercar. The road-legal Bohema has a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine based on Nissan’s 3.8-liter unit, with a target output of 700 hp. Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean was involved in the development work. The Bohema will be sold for £1.1 million ($1.32 million USD) and Czech-based production of the first 10-car batch is due to start in the second half of next year.

***Reigning Nürburgring 24 winner Phoenix Racing will enter the GT Winter Series with an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II for Swiss driver Florian Blatter, who is making his GT3 debut. Phoenix plans to contest all rounds except Navarra.

***Thai drift racer Kiki Sak Nana has committed to a second season with GetSpeed Performance in International GT Open, sharing a Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo with team principal Adam Osieka. GetSpeed is the second team to confirm its place on the GT Open grid after Ferrari outfit Baron Motorsport.

***Next year’s 80th Goodwood Members’ Meeting will celebrate GT1 cars from the 2000s with a high-performance demonstration. Goodwood is already planning to recognize the 24 Hours of Le Mans centenary at its summer Festival of Speed.

On this weekend: 24H Series (Kuwait), Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS (Adelaide)

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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