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Gary Thompson will surely have his eyes set on a second victory this weekend at Okayama for the 2011 Japanese Formula 3 Championship National Class Title. One of the brightest young prospects in Irish motorsports, Thompson took his maiden Japanese F3 victory earlier this month with a commanding display of performance at Twin Ring Motegi. The 19-year-old had a string of podium finishes this season building up to this triumph. So it’s no surprise he is in high hopes to keep the momentum going in his pursuit of the championship title.
 
The Aviation Display and Cebu Pacific Air-backed SGC by KCMG team is on a mission to climb up to the top of the standings as they travel this August 27 and 28 to the Okayama International Circuit for Rounds 10 and 11 of the 2011 campaign. Thompson’s victory at Motegi brought him within 23 points of the championship leader. And with 24 points up for grabs this weekend at Okayama, he knows that a strong showing in both races is a must if he wants to keep his championship hopes alive. 
 
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The Clark International Speedway (CIS) in Pampanga has been host to several motorsport disciplines since it opened in 2008 - from drag races, touring cars, drifting, and even motorcycles. But in 2013, there's a good darn chance that Australian V8 Supercars will also start lining-up on its grid when the series' CEO Martin Whitaker confirmed their interest in staging a race in the country last week. The announcement was inline with plans to expand the series to 18 rounds with six races staged overseas, which includes other race venues such as New Zealand, Shanghai, and Bahrain proposed for 2013's race calendar.
 
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There's no question that Ken Block's makes some of the most awesome, insane, and mind-blowing Gymkhana videos EVER. But in the constant pursuit to raise the bar higher, he and his 600hp Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle (H.F.H.V.) Ford Fiesta is getting the Hollywood treatment, complete with robotic sharks, deranged zombies, and stunt men in gorilla suits. Hold on to your seats for nine minutes of car porn in Ken Block's Gymkhana FOUR: The Hollywood Megamercial
 
Filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood, GYM4 blazes through the War of the Worlds set, drifts past the Back to the Future clock tower, and screeches around Psycho's Bates Motel. Epic Meal Time even makes a cameo as Block and the H.F.H.V. tears up their set. Block then smokes up a some forklifts, comes face to face with Jaws, and wraps up with a Bollywood-style song and dance number. Cool enough for ya?
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Porsche AG
 
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Before the current 911 model gets relegated by the up-and-coming 991 next year, Porsche is arming its 997-based 911 GT3 Cup car for a last stand in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The latest 2012-spec 911 GT3 Cup is based on the road-going 997 GT3 RS, as it has been doing so for the past seven years. But according to Porsche, this machine is made to suit a wider range of motorsport races, expanding its reputation as one of the most popular and successful race cars to date.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of McLaren Automotive
 
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Four months after its public debut, McLaren's latest road-based race car has already had a taste of competition. The pair of Chris Goodwin and Andrew Kirkadly successfully qualified on pole and finished as high as fourth at the 2011 British GT Championship in early July. But with only one race weekend's experience under its belt, McLaren is cocky enough to pit the MP4-12C GT3 at the Total 24 Hours of Spa.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Audi AG
 
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For the past eight years, Audi has been wielding the A4 for their assault in DTM with much success, propelling them to four driver's championships in 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2009. But in 2012, the distinguished four-door saloon will have to sit it out in the sidelines as the A5 coupe will soon take its place on the starting grid. Internally designated as the “R17,” Audi's latest contender has yet to see the light of day, but design sketches reveal that it’s fit to take the chequered flag in first.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of BMW Group 
 
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In 2010, BMW pulled out all of its factory-backed teams from the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in preparation for their return to DTM afte a 20-year absence. This came as sad news to the world of motorsports because just a year earlier, the Bavarian outfit also abandoned its Formula One campaign. But after months of waiting, BMW is ready to take their position back on the starting grid as they roll-out the M3 DTM Concept Car. Despite the name, this DTM race car is no dud. It simply denotes that their 2012 contender is still in the development stage and this is their sneak-preview to what the real deal will shape up to be when it lines up at the start of the 2012 season.
Words by Jade Lu | Video courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.
 
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It seems like we’re on a roll for breaking records in the motorsports world. On the 10th of June 2011, rally driver Mark Higgins set an all-time lap record on the famed Isle of Man TT Mountain Course. With an average speed of 185.63 km/h (peaking 260 km/h!), Higgins completed the 59.5-kilometer course in 19 minutes and 37 seconds driving a “stock” US spec 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Albeit being a “production US spec” unit, some modifications were made for safety purposes, which includes a Hockley Motorsports roll cage, Motordrive competition seats, Mintex brake pads, and Tein springs and dampers. Nonetheless, the WRX STI was powered the standard 305hp turbocharged boxer engine and ran on street-legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo Tires making it technically “stock”.
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