New hero Awakens
・Qualifying for race 2 (2 session Q1 and Q2)
Q1 is 20 min session. They sets used tyre for first 10 min. Last 7 min everyone goes last attack. Big surprise results for VANTELIN Team TOM’s guys.
Both Lotterer and Kazuki drop out Q1. And Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen) is 15th.
Q2 is 10 min session. But they wait for last 7 min.
Kamui Kobayashi (SUNOCO Team LeMans) into the track. But Kamui crashed out atwood corner. So red flag introduce.
After the red flag, Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo/Inging) goes top. But Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelion) beat Ishiura.
In adittion Nojiri update his time. Finally Tomoki Nojiri takes his first career pole position.
2nd is Hiroaki Ishiura. 3rd is race 1 winner Sroffel Vandoorne (Docomo Team Dandelion).
Results Qualifying 2
・Race 2 (51 laps and pit stop)
Race 1 winner Vandoorne receive 3 grid down penalty due to pit violations in qualifying.
In start, pole sitter Tomoki Nojiri makes good start and keep P1.
Hiroaki Ishiura stay 2nd. Another good start for J.P.Oliveira (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL). Oliveira goes 3rd. And Bertrand Baguette (Nakajima Racing) stall his grid.
Big moment in lap1. Many driver coming pits such as 5th Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU Cermo/Inging), Kazuki Nakajima (VANTELIN Team TOM’s), Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen). Lap 2 Andre Lotterer (VANTELLIN Team TOM’s) coming too.
In top group, Nojiri and Ishiura are unfold close battle. After the 6 laps Narain Karthikeyan (SUNOCO Team LeMans) in pit. But Karthikeyan drop position behind Yamamoto.
After the pits, Drivers who finished the pit stop shows great pace.
So non pit stop guys struggle the position.
3rd position Oliveira drop Lotterer’s behind, 4th Vandoorne drop Yamamoto’s behind.
Top man Nojiri in pits 21 laps. Back to track virtually 3rd position.
But Hiroaki Ishiura shows no sign of pit stop. Ishiura targets to tyre degradation of previously entered the pit driver.
However, lap 30 Karthikeyan spun out and didn’t restart. So SC development.
In response to this accident, Ishiura into the pit.
At this timing Yuji Kunimoto up to 1st.
After the SC, restart to the race. Ishiura stack the Tomoki Nojiri. But lap 40 impose penalty for Nojiri due to overtake under yellow flag.
Ishiura push hard and close to 2nd position Kazuki Nakajima. But Ishiura has no over take system remaining amount.
After the emerged to the top, Kunimoto control the gap behind Kazuki.
Finally Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU Cermo/Inging) finished 1st and takes his first career wins!.
So long time to wait to win his 6th Super Formula/Formula Nippon career.
And Kunimoto is 6th winner in 6 race this year. This year, pole-sitter and winner is different in all of the race so far!
2nd is Kazuki Nakajima (VANTELIN Team TOM’s), 3rd is Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo/Inging). 4th is Andre Lotterer (VANTELIN Team TOM’s).
After the Rd.5, Yuji Kunimoto lead the championship.
But still close title race. Least race SUGO and Suzuka.