Rd.6 held at Sports land SUGO.
In qualifying, Andre Lotterer (Petronas Team TOM’s) takes first pole position since last years JAF Suzuka GP. Team mate Kazuki Nakajima (Petronas Team TOM’s) 2nd, point leader Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU/Cermo・Inging) 3rd.
In race day so perfect sunny day.
Every one says ”SUGO is exciting and danger circuit for top formula” So easy to crash and a high probability that out of SC.
In start, good start master Kazuki Nakajima (Petronas Team TOM’s) made hall shot from 2nd to 1st! Andre Lotterer (Petronas Team TOM’) down to 2nd.
3rd position of start grid Series leader Hiroaki Ishiura passed by Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen).
This time each team decide early pit stop. It is assumed that the SC enters.
First pit stop man is James Rossiter (Kondo Racing). He was 19th position at qualifying due to spun. Rossiter in pit only Lap5 and only refuel.
After lap9, Ryo Hirakawa (KYGNUS SUNOCO Team LeMans), lap10 team mate Kamui Kobayashi (KYGNUS SUNOCO Team LeMans) into pit and same only refuel.
On the other hand, top battle between Lotterer and Kazuki both TOM’s guys.
Kazuki runs top, but Lotterer catch up lap15 at 1st corner.
From there Lotterer lead the gap to another driver.
3rd position Ishiura is first into the pit on top group. Ishiura done only refuel. Next lap, Naoki Yamamoto into pit and so fast refuel.
So Yamamoto hold front of Ishiura. Look at this movement, Kazuki into next lap and rear tyre change + refuel. But some mistake on pit stop, In addition Yamamoto push hard with over take system. So Yamamoto pass Kazuki.
Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelion) and J.P.Oliveira (Lenovo Team IMPUL) keep running non pit stop until the last phase.
Especially Nojiri shows good pace by around the driver has pitted.
Lap 53 Lotterer and Nojiri into pit same refuel.
Lotterer back to circuit top. Nojiri pass Kazuki and Ishiura due to great strategy and pace.
Finally, Lotterer not closer to other drivers. So Lotterer takes perfect pole to wins.
Lotterer had been struggling since the opening race, but come back top position.
Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen) gets 2nd. Yamamoto come back podium since 2013 Rd.7. Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelion) is 3rd.
Championship rival Kazuki Nakajima (Petronas Team TOM’s) is 4th, Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU・Cermo/inging) is 5th.
6th is Kamui Kobayashi (KYGNUS SUNOCO Team LeMans). Kamui done early pit stop and shows good pace. But tyre became painful gradually and fuel becomes tight. His team mate Ryo Hirakawa is running 7th. But final lap suffered gas shortage symptoms. So Hirakawa down to 8th passed by J.P.Oliveira (Lenovo Team IMPUL).
Next round JAF Suzuka GP is final round of 2015 season.
Championship battle between 4 drivers. Hiroaki Ishiura keep point lead by Kazuki Nakajima 6 points. Andre Lotterer and J.P.Oliveira must wins both race for JAF Suzuka GP.