New stage for Super Formula
Very eventful Qualifying session yesterday. Really interesting race held at Suzuka.
Little cloudy Suzuka. First time race of new Yokohama ADVAN tyre for all driver and team.
In start, pole sitter Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen) made fantastic start and enter the first corner as top. 2nd of gird Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU CERMO/INGING) keeps 2nd. Great start for super rookie Stoffel Vandoorne (Docomo Team DANDELION) goes 3rd.
Unfortunately Start for rookie Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL). Sekiguchi was engine stall at formation lap, that time team mistaken restart method. So Sekiguchi receive 10second stop penalty.
Yamamoto push and extending the lead. After the 10laps, some driver try to pit stop.
J.P.Oliveira (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) enter the pit and full service. But Takuya Izawa (Real Racing) only re fuel.
Bad mistake for Team LeMans guys. Kamui Kobayashi in pit 18 lap. Tyre changes and re fuel. But Kobayashi’s tyre off to his car due to tyre changes incomplete.
So Kobayashi back to pit and re changes tyre and receive 10 second stop penalty.
In top group, not changes before the pit stop. 6th position Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team DANDELION) struggle race pace. So Nojiri passed by Andre Lotterer (VANTELIN Team TOM’s) and James Rossiter (Kondo Racing).
2nd year of Super Formula Bertrand Baguette (Nakajima Racing) passed Nojiri and gets his first time point.
Top runner Yamamoto pits and no tyre changes. 2nd battle between Kunimoto and Vandoorne, both driver same no tye changes and re fuel.
Finally Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen) dominate pole to wins 2016 season opener Suzuka! His 3rd career win at same Suzuka.
Yamamoto shows perfect wins, but difficult start this weekend. In Friday practice, suffered hydraulic problem and ended 19th. Still not give up the team and driver. From there catch up from there admirably and perfect pole to wins.
Return to podium spot for Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU CERMO/INGING). Last year was so distressful season for Kunimoto. His team mate Hiroaki Ishiura takes title, but Kunimoto ended 9th. But great start this season with 2nd finish. Start to counterattack!
Brilliant debut and gets podium for Stoffel Vandoorne (Docomo Team DANDELION).
Mclaren F1 driver and former GP2 champ shows his adaptability and speed in spite of the struggling many experience driver changes Bridgestone to Yokohama.
His impressive debut is reminiscent like a Michel Schumacher’ one (Schumacher sport outing in 1991 Japanese F3000 and gets debut 2nd finish).
4th and 5th are return to top group driver Takashi Kogure (Drago Corse) and Koudai Tsukakoshi (Real Racing). James Rossiter (Kondo Racing) is 6th, Andre Lotterer (VANTELIN Team TOM’s) is 7th.
Tough weekend for many champions, J.P.Oliveira (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) and Kazuki Nakajima (VANTELIN Team TOM’s), 2015 champion Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU CERMO/INGING).