TEAM MUGEN reveals 2018 lively.

Interesting lively

Honda’s leading outfit TEAM MUGEN reveals 2018 new lively.
#16 8 consecutive years ride Honda ace Naoki Yamamoto.
Asymmetric left and right impact lively. And big ”MUGEN” logo to posted.
Long time big partner MOTUL on side pontoon.

#15 Honda’s young driver Nirei Fukuzumi gets double entry for Super Formula and FIA F2 this season.
Red Bull athlete take over last years Pierre Gasly’s lively.
Fukuzumi will miss 3 Super Formula race, so TEAM MUGEN will announce replacement driver after the decision.


B-MAX Racing appoint Katsumasa Chiyo for Super Formula.

A worldly-wise man gets the chance
Nissan’s works GT500 driver Katsumasa Chiyo gets Super Formula ride for B-MAX Racing.

B-MAX Racing turns 2nd season for Super Formula this year.
But B-MAX was not decided driver until 1st official testing.  So B-MAX bringing 2 driver for testing. And new team director and 4 time Formula Nippon champion Satsoshi Motoyama done check run at Suzuka fan thanks festival.
in this testing, last year IMPUL driver Jan Mardenborough and GT500 B-MAX driver Katsumasa Chiyo are share #50 car.
Morning session for Mardenborough, Afternoon session for Chiyo.
After the Day1, B-MAX Racing owner Ryuji Kumita decide to appoint Katsumasa Chiyo.
Chiyo was takes F3 N class title at 2011, after the N class title Chiyo focus to GT drive.
In 2015, Chiyo shows fantastic performance at Bathurst 12h and takes win.
And becomes Blancpain GT endurance champion.
Next season Chiyo gets Nissan GT500 chance.

This year Chiyo and Motoyama pair for GT500 NDDP with B-MAX Racing.
So good combination in Super Formula.

Rowland and Fittipaldi will joins Super Formula testing.B-MAX will do audition.

Lineup for testing has reveals.

Super Formula official testing at Suzuka start from tomorrow.
And update entry list.

Super Formula Suzuka testing entry list 

Almost team confirms 2018 lineup. But UOMO SUNOCO Team LeMans and B-MAX Racing are still not confirm drivers.
So LeMans and B-MAX calls multiple drivers.

After the great season, Felix Rosenqvist leave Team LeMans due to busy schedule Formula E and Super GT duty.
Kazuya Oshima is retain for #8 Team LeMans driver this season.
In such situation, Team LeMans lines 2 driver for #7 car.
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First is Williams F1 development and WEC Manor driver Oliver Rowland.
Rowland gets first taste Dallara SF14 yesterday’s Suzuka motorsports fan event.
Rowland will drive 1st day of testing.

2nd is 2017 World series Formula V8 champion Pietro  Fittipardi joins #7 car.
Fittipardi will drive 2nd day of testing.

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B-MAX Racing lines Nissan related driver.
Last year’s IMPUL driver Jan Mardenborough and Nissan GT500 regular Katsumasa Chiyo.
Both driver will share #50 B-MAX car during 2 days.
So B-MAX will do drive audition in this testing. it will be interesting one.


2018 Super Formula team reveals new livery, sponsors

New livery feels new season coming.

Toyota’s leading team Vantelin Team TOM’s has reveals 2018.
3rd year for Vantelin sponsored as TOM’s. Green part has increased new livery.
This year is big change for TOM’s, because longtime TOM’s ace Andre Lotterer leaves due to busy schedule.
Former TOM’s GT500 regular James Rossiter replace to Lotterer this year.
Pless release (Japanese)

Only non Japanese team in the Super Formula, KCMG gets new title sponsor.
Japanese electronic equipment company Pioneer’s one of bland carrozzeria become team title sponsor and new name ”carrozzeria Team KCMG”.
Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 ace Kamui Kobayashi retain for KCMG and 2rd season this team. Kobayashi aims to get first win and title this season with new sponsor.
Pless release

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Japanese energy company ITOCHU ENEX and Team IMPUL extend title sponsor deal.
3rd consecutive year for Team IMPUL and ITOCHU ENEX partnership.
This year IMPUL lines strong pair, IMPUL new ace Yuhi Sekiguchi and youngest Super GT champion Ryo Hirakawa.
Pless release (Japanese)


Ishiura grabs 2017 title and race was cancel due to typhoon.

So sad ending
Super Formula final round of JAF Suzuka GP held at Suzuka.
JAF GP is 2 race system. So can earn maximum 18 points (Q1 pole and Q3 pole and double wins).
This weekend is hit by big typhoon. So rain falling from Friday.
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In this time, one off regulation take on. ”If Qualifying session canceled by weather condition, practice 2 results reflecte to Qualifying results (If 20min session completed).
Finally this session completed and Takuya Izawa (Docomo Team Dandelion) sets top time.

・Qualifying 1 (20 min)
Qualifying session is so important. Because in both qualifying session can earn pole position points Here is point regulation→

And one off regulation take on ”If only completed Q1, best lap for race 1 results, second best lap for race 2″
5 min delay to start QF session. After the delay, session was started.
But suddenly rain got stronger and shows red flag.
After the 30min, condition turns well and decide to restart.

All driver into the racing course. And top group into the attack lap, Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team LeMans) crashed out at turn1.
So red flag again.
By the suzuka’s marshall quick work, early restart.
Many driver goes time trial. At the timing Nakajima Racing guys sets one-two formation, Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG) off at turn1.
Due to this accident, red flag again. But Kobayashi can move again himself.
In this timing, point leader Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo・Inging) did not record the time.
Session resumed soon. Cermo・Inging guys lines pit lane pole position.
After the start, Cermo・Inging team operated put to Ishiura ahead Yuji Kunimoto.
Last 7min, time goes improve, and Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s) sets fastest time. His team mate Kazuki Nakajima (Vantelin Team TOM’s) follow Lotterer and 2nd.
But Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelion) goes 2nd and split TOM’s guys.
Last 1min, they try to final attack, but drama in this time. Title contender Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) crashed at turn1. Finally session was not restarted.
Next Q2 session is canceled due to rain stronger than Q1.
So Q1’s best time for race 1 grid, Q1’s second best time for race 2 grid.
Race 1 pole is Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s), Race 2 pole is first career pole position for Jan Mardenborough (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL).

After the qualifying session, race direction and JRP are discussions.
As a results, can not expect improvement of condition tomorrow, 2 race canceled.

So championship has finished and 2015 champion Hiroaki Ishiura retakes Super Formula title! And P.MU Cermo・Inging gets 3rd consecutive years team title!
Toro Rosso F1 driver Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) ended 2nd and rookie of the year.
only 0.5 behind from Ishiura. It is so super results and his talent.
3rd is same super rookie Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team LeMans).

Final standing 


Super Formula SF19 debut for 2019 season

More exciting machine!

JRP and Dallara has reveals Super Formula new machine SF19’s image.
SF19 is continue produced by world best Formula manufacturer Dallara.

Two main theme for SF19
SF19 will pass 2016 FIA F1 safety regulation. Monocoque also has strength several times higher than SF14.
In addition, can to add Halo system.

・Quick and Light
Quick and Light, it was a SF14’s main concept.
Born under this concept SF 14 showed outstanding potential. So continue and more evolution. JRP and Dallara target to 2 sec faster than SF14.
And Dallara work and improve to aerodynamics to easily to overtake.

SF19 will mount NRE engine. NRE is 2L straight 4 turbo+ fuel restrictor.
And continue use OTS (overtake system) with fuel restrictor.
JRP not plan to introduce F1’s DRS system for now.

Schedule of SF19 development and delivery
・June 2018 Test Car Completion
・July 2018 Testing
・October 2018 Specifications Finalized/Production Begins
・January 2019 Delivery to Super Formula Teams

Official release 


Satoshi Motoyama tasted SF14 first time at SUGO.

Lgeend  enjoyed it
After the Super Formula Rd.6 SUGO, JRP and Honda held engine manufacturer testing at SUGO.
This time only Honda bringing test car. And B-MAX Racing takes testing operation.
In, first day B-MAX regular Takashi Kogure drive and check run.
In 2nd day, 4 time Formula Nippon champion Satoshi Motoyama first ride SF14.
At the beginning of the morning session, Motoyama got used to getting used to the SF14.  After that Motoyama try to qualifying simulation.
Finally Motoyama sets 1:06.544. This time is can beat Rd.6 Q1 Kogure’s time! Off course condition was not same and more tyre rubber on circuit.

In Afternoon session, Motoyama try to start practice and first time hand clutch system. And done long run.  So Motoyama complete normally testing menu.

Comment from Motoyama ‘‘ It was interesting experience for me. I wanted to test SF14 for a better race commentary from before”
And about SF14 ‘‘Cornering G was harder than I expected. and very fast in middle and high speed corner. I want to ride again if I have the opportunity”.


4 time Formula Nippon champ Motoyama gets test SF14.

Legend meets SF14
4 time Formula Nippon champion and Super Formula official ambassador Satoshi Motoyama will test SF14.
Motoyama has not been on the Formula race at the end of 2008. So this chance is first time driver recently Japanese top Formula car.
This testing is within engine manufacturer testing.
Formua Nippon legend will drives Honda owns SF14 test car. The purpose of this test is for promotion and Motoyama gets information about SF14 for race commentary.
Satsoshi Motoyama still top runner in Super GT GT500 class as Nissan works driver. And last Friday, Motoyama test F3 car.
It is development testing for Japanese F3 N-class 2018 spec (F312+VW N-Class engine).
Very interesting his performance and comment about SF14.

Japanese press release


Sekiguchi wins 2 consecutive years at SUGO!

SUGO is alway dramatic

Super Formula 2017 Rd.6 SUGO held at last weekend.
Last 2 race Yokohama introduced 2 spec tyre, but final 2 race return to only medium tyre. And not pit duty for this race.

In Q1, they sets used tyre for first attempt. After first attack, difficult position for rookies Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) and Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team LeMans).
But final few minute, they sets new tyre for final run.
Finally Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) takes top, Gasly and Rosenqvist both title runner time up and goes to Q2.
Surprised knock out from Q1, Rd.5 pole sitter Tomoki Nojiri (DOCOMO Team Dandelion), Honda ace Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen), Rd,4 pole sitter Kenta Yamashita (Kondo Racing).

In Q2, they slow warm up and try to final attack around last 3 min.
Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s) sets top time for Q2. Difficult results for defending champion Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU Cermo・Inging). Kunimoto drop from Q3 9th. Felix Rosenqvist is 10th, Rosenqvist suffered from traffic.
Koudai Tsukakoshi (Real Racing) suffered trouble and didn’t flying lap.
In Q3, first man into the top is Andre Lotterer, but Lotterer little mistake. Then Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) beat before top time and sets fastest time.
But fantastic lap for Nick Cassidy (Kondo Racing) goes top spot and breaking old record lap time! Finally nobody update that time, So former Japanese F3 champ Nick Cassidy maiden Super Formula pole position with new record time!
It is 2nd time pole for Kondo Racing both super rookie score. Last year SUGO winner Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) is 2nd, Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) best QF results 3rd.

Qualifying results

Sunny day for race. Temperature improvement to 41℃.
Interesting move for Kazuya Oshima (SUNOCO Team LeMans), Oshima didn’t run warm up session. It is seems to no pit strategy and fuel save.
And 2nd gird Yuhi Sekiguchi ‘s mechanic repair work to until the grid walk. Due to crashed at FP3.

In start, good start for 2nd grid Yuhi Sekiguchi goes to top.
Terrible start for pole man Nick Cassidy (kondo Racing). Cassidy suffered electric and drop 5th. And Pierre Gasly try to pass Sekiguchi, but stay 2nd.
Both Vantelin Team TOM’s guys jump up to 3rd Andre Lotterer and 4th Kazuki Nakajima.
Point leader Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo・Inging) start 8th to drop 12th.
Lap7, 4th position Andre Lotterer into the pit in top group. Lotterer only re-fuel and return to course. After the pit stop Lotterer push hard and gain the time.
But big trouble for Lotteter, he penalize drive through to speeding the pitlane.
So Lotterer lose winning chance and big damage for title race.
In mid group, not good pace for Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG) and Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team LeMans). But Both driver clearly lift and coast to save fuel. It seems to no pit strategy. So behind that Hiroaki Ishiura try to pass. Ishiura pass Rosenqvist lap26, Kobayashi lap 30. After the pass both guys, Ishiura sets fastest lap every lap.

1st runner Sekiguchi into the pit lap 40, due to lap down appeared. Sekiguchi only re-fuel and return ahead Kobayashi.
So Gasly up to top, but Gasly time battle to no pit strategy group. Subtle gap between Gasly and Kobayashi.
But Red Bull junior push hard and use OTS and into the pit lap 57, quick re-fuel and back to ahead Kobayashi. Next lap, Kazuki Nakajima casing Gasly into the pit. But Kazuki can’t over cat and back behind Gasly.
Final stage, Sekiguchi back to top. But Sekiguchi didn’t pace up due to trouble at pit stop. IMPUL’s re-fuel was not perfect and a little leaked out.
So Gasly push hard and try to pass Sekiguchi,
Finally Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) hold his position, takes 2nd wins since Rd.2 Okayama.
And 2 consecutive year wins at SUGO.  Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) is 2nd. It is 3 consecutive podium finish. 3rd is Kazuki Nakajima (Vantelin Team TOM’s) come back to podium since Rd.1.
4th is Defending champion Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU Cermo・Inging).

Drama for mid group, Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team LeMans) completed no pit strategy and finish 5th. But same strategy man Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG) suffered fuel pomp trouble and slow down. So drop 4th to 7th.
Strong race for point leader Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo・Inging). Ishiura down to 12th start, but 2015 champion recovery to finish 6th.

Race results

After the Rd.6, 2017 season only one remaining race.
Hiroaki Ishiura hold point leader. But PIerre Gasly goes 2nd and only 0.5 point behind from Ishiura. Felix Rosenqvist is 3rd off to 5 point.
SUGO winner Yuhi Sekiguchi jump up to 4th and off to 8 point.
Final round of JAF Suzuka GP is 2 race format and earn maximum 18 point (2 pole position, 2 race wins). So within 8 drivers to title race.
Point standing


Pierre Gasly grabs 2nd wins, Team LeMans double podium.

It is world class
Autopolis round coming back since 2015 due to huge earthquake in 2016.

Yokohama tyre continue introduce ”2 spec tyre”. But big change in Q1.
JRP decide to limited medium tyre for Q1.
In Q1, all drivers sets medium tyre. The session had passed smoothly. But last 1min, Koudai Tsukakoshi (Real Racing) crashed out. So session was stop.
Session restarted last 3min, everyone tried position up.
Finally Kazuya Oshima (SUNOCO Team LeMans), Nick Cassidy (Kondo Racing), Daisuke Nakajima (Nakajima Racing), Takashi Kogure (B-MAX Racing) drop out from Q1.

In Q2, they sets new soft tyre. Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG) marks record breaking lap and top. Unfortunately Rd,4 pole sitter Kenta Yamashita (Kondo Racing), Rd.4 3rd finisher Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team LeMans) are out from Q2.

In Q3 pole showdown start last 6min, Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s) into top first man. But amazing lap for Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelion).
Finally Tomoki Nojiri takes 2nd pole position and sets circuit record 1:26.196.
And first Honda engine pole in this season. 2nd is Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU Cermo・Inging), 3rd is Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG).

Qualifying results

In race, drivers and team were very struggled to choice of start tyre and strategy.
However, top group choose medium tyre, only Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) sets soft tyre.
After the formation lap, race start. pole sitter Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelion) takes hole shot. And great start for Pierre Gasly. Red Bull man jump up 5th to 2nd at turn 1.
Accident for Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s) contact with Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen). Lotterer broken suspension, Yamamoto was spun.
Early of race Takashi Kogure (B-MAX Racing) into the pit and change tyre medium to soft+refuel.  And interesting move for SUNOCO Team LeMans.
Both Felix Rosenqvist and Kazuya Oshima were pitted and change medium to soft tyre lap4 and 6.
Good pace and overtake show for ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL guys, Yuhi Sekiguchi and Jan Mardenborough. Both IMPUL guys seems to 2 stop strategy.
So Sekiguchi into the pit lap 11, and change soft to soft tyre+short refuel.
Top group is no change, Gasly chasing Nojiri but Nojiri hold his position 1.
3rd position Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU Cermo・Inging) straggle the pace and around 10sec from top. 4th runner Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG) into the pit and change medium to soft+refuel. But Kobayashi passed by Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo・Inging). Ishiura was done pit 2 lap early than Kobayashi.

Big move for top group lap 23, 2nd runner Pierre Gasly into the pit and change soft to medium+refuel.
But Nojiri didn’t reaction to Gasly’s pit in. His behind man Yuji Kunimoto and Kazuki Nakajima (Vantelin Team TOM’s) were push hard with fuel getting lighter.
Kunimoto catch up to around 2~3 sec.
At the time, Kazuki Nakajima into the pit and change medium to soft tyre+refuel. Kazuki return to 10th.
Lap38, position 1 Tomoki Nojiri into the pit and change medium to soft+ refuel. But his stop is a bit long refuel. So back to 7th. Kunimoto follow to Nojiri’s pit and into the pit next lap. Kunimoto passed Nojiri after the pit, and accident his behind.
Nojiri contact to Kobayashi and lost his front wing.
After the everyone’s pit duty, Gasly back to top. But very surprised to see both SUNOCO Team LeMans guys Rosenqvist and Oshima position up 2nd and 3rd.
Especially Rosenqvist’s pace was not so bad and continue chase to Gasly with around 50 lap running soft tyre. But Gasly control and hold his position.
Finally  Pierre Gssly (Team Mugen) finish 1st and great 2 consecutive Super Formula victory! Gasly shows great judgment of start tyre and high flexibility.
2nd is 3rd consecutive podium finish for Felix Rosenqvist. 3rd is long time come back to podium since 2012 Kazuya Oshima.
So SUNOCO Team LeMans complete early pit and very long distance with soft tyre.
Around 50 lap with soft tyre, fantastic strategy and good save tyre and fuel for both driver. Team LeMans gets double podium since 1998!

4th is point leader Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo・Inging). Not his day, but 2015 champion steady run and takes important point.
5th is his team mate Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU Cermo・Inging). 6th is Kazuki Nakajima (Vantelin Team TOM’s).
Top of 2 stop strategy for Jan Mardenborogh (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) 8th and takes fastest lap.

Super Formula is into final 2 race.
Point standing after the Rd.5
Gasly jump up to 2nd, Rosenqvist goes to 2nd. But Japanese ace Hiroaki Ishiura hold his lead.
More exciting race will come Rd.6 SUGO.

Race results