Start for 2017 season
Super Formula rookie and manufacturer testing held at Suzuka yesterday.
All team and 2017 new team coming this testing.
Entry list for this testing.
・New team, new drivers, returner
2017 newcomer B-MAX Racing team has debut run in Super Formula this time.
B-MAX nominate 2 drivers. Longtime Honda man Takashi Kogure and Nissan protege Daiki Sasaki. B-MAX use old Drago Corse owns SF14 and Honda engine.
Super GT and FIA F3 runner Nick Cassidy return to Super Formula drive since last year with Kondo Racing. And 2016 Japanese F3 champ Kenta Yamashita land Kondo Racing.
So 2015 and 2016 both Japanese F3 champ lines Kondo Racing.
Honda young gun Tadasuke Makino sets Super Formula debut with ADVAN livery Honda test car.
Former Formula Nippon runner and now Super GT ace Kazuya Oshima return to drive Super Formula with Team LeMans. Oshima finishes 2nd in 2016 Super GT GT500 campaign with same Team LeMans.
Takuya Izawa moves from Real Racing to former team Docomo Dandelion this time.
And WEC ace Kamui Kobayashi moves from Team LeMans to KCMG.
・Break old record
This testing only 1 day. But 6 hours session.
Morning session was half wet condition, but condition gradually improve. So Last 2 hours almost driver sets slick Yokohama ADVAN tyre.
Koudai Tsukakoshi (Real Racing) top on morning session.
After 1 hours break time, afternoon session was began. B-MAX Racing change the driver from Takashi Kogure to Daiki Sasaki.
1 st red flag due to Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen) crashed out at turn 2.
In mid time of session, 2nd time red flag due to rookie Tadasuke Makino (Honda test team) spun out at Dunlop curve.
3rd red flag shows least 40 min, WEC legend Andre Lotterer (VANTELIN Team TOM’s) spun out hairpin curve.
Least 20 min, Drivers try to qualifying simulation. 2015 champion Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo/Inging) moves top with 1:36.474.
But finally Honda ace Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelion) beat the Ishiura’s time 1:36.456.
This time is unofficial record time at Suzuka. 2nd is Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo/Inging), 3rd is Andre Lotterer (VANTELIN Team TOM’s).
Top of rookie is Nick Cassidy (Kondo Racing) 12th.
2016 Super Formula’s testing is over. Next time will 2017 March Suzuka testing.