Ishiura become greatest driver.
Before race, faring little rain. But didn’t turns rain condition.
So all 19 drivers sets slick tyre for race.
In start, pole sitter Hiroaki Ishiura made good start and keeps top. And another good starter is Kazuki Nakajima (Petronas Team TOM’s) 5th to 2nd.
Kamui Kobayashi (KYGNUS SUNOCO Team LeMans) hold 3rd position.
On the other hand, front row start Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Dandelion) drop 2nd to 5th due to dirty side start.
Accident at turn 1 between Koudai Tsukakoshi (Real Racing) and Takashi Kogure (Drago Corse). Tsukakoshi broken front wing and forced course out.
Ishiura sets fast time from the beginning. So gradually lead gap from Kazuki Nakajima.
5th position, Tomoki Nojiri didn’t good pace, and moves away from top group.
Then, J.P.Oliveira (Lenovo Team IMPUL) and Andre Lotterer (Petronas Team TOM’s) decide early pit stop at lap11. Oliveira done 4-tyre change and refuel. Lotterer ｃhoice rear tyre change and refuel.
Many driver select early pit stop. Because Motegi is most difficult track in the Japanese circuit. In top group, Kamui Kobayashi into pit lap 32. 4-tyre change and refuel, but lost many time due to rear right tyre change trouble. So drop position 3rd to under 10th.
It was a direct rival Oliveira takes 3rd position.
Kazuki Nakajima into pit lap 34. No big trouble and return 2nd.
Top runner Ishiura is last driver into pit. Pit crew done perfect job and hold top position.
P.MU/Cermo・Inging introduce new expensive impact wrench for this race.
Latter stage of the race, Kazuki Nakajima push hard to reduce gap between Ishiura.
But Ishiura didn’t affected by nakajima’s attack. So Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU/Cermo・Inging) takes 2nd wins this season.
Ishiura lead the more championship points.
Kazuki Nakajima (Petronas Team TOM’s) 2nd again. Kazuki is finish all race 2nd this season. 3rd is J.P.Oliveira (Lenovo Team IMIPUL). 3 podium driver same of member Rd.3 Fuji.
4th is Andre Lotterer (Petronas Team TOM’s), 5th is top Honda driver Daisuke Nakajima (Nakajima Racing), 6th is local hero Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Dandelion).
Kamui Kobayashi retire due to spun final lap.
Point standing top8
Hiroaki Ishiura 32pts, J.P.Oliveira 25pts, Kazuki Nakajima 24pts, Andre Lotterer 20pts, Tomoki Nojiri 11pts, Kamui Kobayashi 8pts
Next race is Rd.5 Autopolis
Official race highlight
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