It was historic race in the Japanese top formula.
Race day was so hot like a summer condition.
In start, pole sitter Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) makes good start and hole P1. 3rd start Kazuki Nakajima (VANTELIN Team TOM’s) try to pass Sekiguchi with usual excellent start. But Kazuki didn’t reach Sekiguchi at turn 1.
Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelin) drop 2nd to 3rd.
7th start Yuichi Nakayama (KCMG) spun out and stop at turn 5 due to gearbox failure.
And lap 6, Kazuki Nakajima was slow down and drop 6th due to broken 3rd gear.
Lap 7, Andre Lotterer (VANTELIN Team TOM’s) into pit and only refuel. Look at this movement, James Rossiter (Kondo Racing) into pit same only refuel.
But Rossiter lost position passed by Lotterer’s undercut.
Next front runner 4th position J.P.Oliveira (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) into pit lap 11. His main rival 3rd position Daisuke Nakajima (Nakajima Racing) into pit lap 13, and great stop. So Daisuke keep his position.
On the other hands, top runner Yuhi Sekiguchi lead smoothly.
But huge moment happen. Sekiguchi’s team mate J.P.Oliveira spun out SP out corner.
And introduce SC lap 19. This SC was the worst timing for Sekiguchi. Because Sekiguchi catched up by SC before pit stop.
Other all driver completed pit routine this timing. So Sekiguchi is only man didn’t complete pit routine.
At this point, 1st is Sekiguchi, 2nd is Daisuke Nakaijma, 3rd is Nojiri.
Team IMPUL and Sekiguchi changing the strategy. Sekiguchi try to earn lead of pit stop loss.
It is too difficult strategy if it is normal. But Sekiguchi was not the case.
Sekiguchi push hard and sets best lap every single lap. At results, Sekiguchi lead the gap 34 sec by 34laps from 2nd Daisuke Nakajima!
So Sekiguchi easy to return top after pit stop.
Finally Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) pulled off difficult job and show like a his boss Hoshino-san style strong wins!
After the this win, Sekiguchi retakes championship lead. And his only man more than once victory in this chaos season.
Daisuke Nakajima (Nakajima Racing) gets 2nd since 2013 Rd.7. In addition Nakajima Racing return to podium spot same timing Dasuke’s 2013.
3rd is Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelion). Nojiri great protect his position from TOM’s guys. While having troubles, Kazuki Nakajima (VANTELIN Team TOM’s) gets 4th. 5th is Andre Lotterer (VANTELIN Team TOM’s).
6th is Stoffel Vandoorne (Docomo Team Dandelion)
Diseapointment day for P.MU/Cermo Inging guys. Former point leader Yuji Kunimoto is 15th, 2nd of point standing Hiroaki Ishiura 16th.
Next Rd.7 is final round of JAF Suzuka GP. In second win, Yuhi Sekiguchi earn big lead 4.5 point from 2nd Yuji Kunimoto.
But On the calculation, 12 driver has chance for title. Because Rd.7 is special format and point system.
If 2 wins of 2 race and 2 pole position, able to gets 18 point Suzuka’s weekend.