German Samurai comeback!
Super Formula 2017 Rd.2 Okayama coming this weekend.
Rd.2 held 2 race format. Race 1 in Saturday, Race 2 in Sunday.
・Race 1 qualifying (20 min 1 sesion)
Race 1 qualifying is only 1 session of 20min. Almost driver sets used tyre for first run.
After the first attack, Okayama mister Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU/Cermo・Inging) sets top time. Last 6 min, they goes to last attack.
But 19 cars on narrow track, so many traffic. In such situation, IMPUL ace Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) gets pole position o.5min off to 2nd position Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s).
Great 3rd for rookie Nick Cassidy (Kondo Racing).
Race 1 Qualiyfing results
After the qualifying, race 1 is only 30laps short sprint.
So they unnecessary pit duty.
In start, Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s) makes hole shot from 2nd grid. Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) drop 2nd position.
3rd start Nick Cassidy (Kondo Racing) keep his position.
Accident for PIerre Gasly (Team Mugen) and Takashi Kogure (B-MAX Racing). Gasly broken front wing, Kogure suffered flat tyre.
Okayama international circuit is too difficult to overtaking.
So no more big position change.
Finally WEC ace Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s) wins Race 1. It is 24th win for Lotterer in Japanese top formula career. Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) is 2nd. First time podium finish for Nick Cassidy (Kondo Racing).
Cassidy is rookie podium finisher in 2017 lineup.
Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG) finish 4th. It is best results for KCMG team in Japanese top formula. 5th for Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen).
6th and 7th both F3 graduate rookies Jan Mardenborough (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) and Kenta Yamashita (Kondo Racing).