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Hirakawa sets the pace in second Super Formula practice at Suzuka

by Tim Lumb

Photo: Super Formula

Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa set the pace in the second practice session of the Suzuka double-header.

Hirakawa left it until the final six minutes to set his fastest lap, as did the majority of the grid. The 1m35.648s lap was nearly three tenths of a second quicker than second-fastest driver Tomoki Nojiri, who was the only other driver to get below 1m36s in the session on his final lap.

Dandelion Racing’s Naoki Yamamoto, who last weekend became 2020 Super GT champion with Tadasuke Makino, was third fastest. There was just 0.03s separating Yamamoto’s lap from seventh fastest, with Kazuki Nakajima just pipping Yuhi Sekiguchi and Kamui Kobayashi – who topped free practice one – to fourth.

New Zealand driver Nick Cassidy finished the session seventh fastest, with 0.1212s separating him and KCMG’s Yuji Kunimoto in eighth.

Makino was ninth fastest, while Sho Tsuboi rounded out the top 10 with a 1m36.393s lap.

After spending most of the session further down the order, Sacha Fenestraz was the first driver in the session to dip below the 1m37s mark. He eventually finished 11th ahead of Nirei Fukuzumi (Dandelion Racing) and his Kondo Racing team-mate Kenta Yamashita.

Charles Milesi, who caused a red flag in free practice one after getting his car stuck in the gravel at Turn 1, was 17th fastest after being top of the timings during the middle period of the session.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Ryo Hirakawa Team Impul 1m35.648s 17
2 Tomoki Nojiri Team Mugen 1m35.941s +0.293s 19
3 Naoki Yamamoto Dandelion Racing 1m36.027s +0.379s 25
4 Kazuki Nakajima TOM’S 1m36.034s +0.386s 18
5 Yuhi Sekiguchi Team Impul 1m36.036s +0.388s 17
6 Kamui Kobayashi KCMG 1m36.042s +0.394s 19
7 Nick Cassidy TOM’S 1m36.057s +0.409s 19
8 Yuji Kunimoto KCMG 1m36.179s +0.531s 19
9 Tadasuke Makino Nakajima Racing 1m36.287s +0.639s 20
10 Sho Tsuboi INGING 1m36.393s +0.745s 17
11 Sacha Fenestraz Kondo Racing 1m36.490s +0.842s 26
12 Nirei Fukuzumi Dandelion Racing 1m36.631s +0.983s 22
13 Kenta Yamashita Kondo Racing 1m36.691s +1.043s 19
14 Ukyo Sasahara Team Mugen 1m36.812s +1.164s 18
15 Hiroaki Ishiura INGING 1m37.198s +1.550s 18
16 Toshiki Oyu Nakajima Racing 1m37.258s +1.610s 17
17 Charles Milesi B-MAX Racing w/ Motopark 1m37.386s +1.738s 14
18 Nobuharu Matsushita B-MAX Racing w/ Motopark 1m37.441s +1.793s 13
19 Kazuya Oshima ROOKIE Racing 1m38.007s +2.359s 16
20 Tatiana Calderon ThreeBond w/ Drago Corse 1m38.043s +2.395s 23