Hard and hot race
Super Formula 2017 season R.3 is held at Fuji Speed Way.
Early summer coming in Fuji and so hot weekend.
2016 series champion Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU Cermo.inging) takes first career pole position. His team mate Hiroaki Ishiura is 2nd. So P.MU Cermo・Inging lines one-two. 3rd is Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL).
・Race (55 laps)
So hot condition continue Air temp 32℃, road temp 44℃ for start race.
In start, Pole sitter Yuji Kunimoto (P.MU Cermo・Inging) makes hole shot. But 2nd start Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo・Inging) too much wheel spin and down to 4th.
3rd start Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) and Kazuki Nakajima (Vantelin Team TOM’s) pass Ishiua.
Kunimoto push and extend lead from 2nd Sekiguchi.
Lap9, Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s) is first man to enter the pit. And only refuel. Lap13, his team mate Kazuki Nakajima (Vantelin Team TOM’s) to enter the pit and same menu. Next man is Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) reacted to TOM’s guys action. Sekiguchi managed to hold his position from TOM’s guys.
So good situation for Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU/Cermo・Inging). 2 TOM’s and Sekiguchi were done to pit, it means clean air for Ishiura.
His behind top Honda man Naoki Yamamoto (Team Mugen) shows good pace, but unfortunately accident for Yamamoto. His tyre puncture rear left at home straight and retire.
And same puncture for 4th running top rookie Kenta Yamashita (Kondo Racing).
Lap31, race leader Yuji Kunimoto into the pit and full service (4 tyre change+refule).
But huge moment for leader. Kunimoto return to pit due to suspension failure. Cermo・Inging try to fix, but not complete recovery, so disappointment retire.
After the this happening, 2nd position Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team LeMans) hard push and into the pit lap 36, rear 2 tyre change+refuel.
Rosenqvist return to course 2nd position.
Lap 38 top man Hiroaki Ishiura into the pit and done full service.
Final pit enter Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG). But Kobayashi suffered problem and engine stall.
Big battle for 4th position. Yuhi Sekiguchi struggle the pace, and Red Bull man Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) push hard with new 4 tyre.
Both Sekiguchi and Gasly shows great battle. At final lap, Sekiguchi hold his position closed finish only 0.03 sec.
Finally 2015 champion Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU Cermo・Inging) wins first time 2017 season. Great first ever Super Formula podium for super rookie Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team LeMans). In addition Rosenqvist sets fastest lap in this race.
3rd is legend Andre Lotterer (Vantelin Team TOM’s) jump up 12th to 3rd.
Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team IMPUL) is 4th, 5th is top of Honda guys Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen),.