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Japanese F4 graduates test in Super Formula Lights at Fuji

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Super Formula Lights

Reigning Super Formula Lights champion Ritomo Miyata topped the first day of post-season testing at Fuji Speedway, as a host of Formula 4 graduates made their test debuts.

Miyata topped the morning session on Monday by 0.167 seconds in the same TOM’S-run car he won the 2020 title in, and it was Atsushi Miyake who was second fastest with Rn-sports.

Miyake raced as a Honda junior in Japanese F4 in 2019 and was title runner-up, but switched to representing Toyota in Super GT300 this year.

He was making his single-seater return in the test, and he then set the fastest laptime of the afternoon session to end the day 0.008s behind in the combined classification after Miyata did not take part in the second session.

Kazuto Kotaka stayed on at TOM’S and was third fastest, while former Formula V8 3.5 racer Yu Kanamaru led Super GT regular and ex-SF Lights racer Daiki Sasaki as the fastest of B-MAX Racing’s drivers.

RS Fine’s Shunsuke Kohno was sixth, and like Miyata relied on his best lap from the morning.

A contingent of Japanese F4 racers trying out the Dallara 320 for the first time then filled the timesheet after that, with 2019 champion Ren Sato (Toda Racing) ahead of current champion Hibiki Taira (TOM’S) and runner-up Reiji Hiraki (B-Max Engineering). Slowest was two-time Japanese F4 Independent Cup champion Sergeyevich Sato with RS Fine.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Ritomo Miyata TOM’S 1m32.587s 30
2 Atsushi Miyake Rn-sports 1m32.595s +0.008s 86
3 Kazuto Kotaka TOM’S 1m32.746s +0.159s 60
4 Yu Kanamaru B-MAX Racing 1m32.780s +0.193s 107
5 Daiki Sasaki B-MAX Racing 1m32.899s +0.312s 55
6 Shunsuke Kohno RS Fine 1m33.069s +0.482s 36
7 Ren Sato Toda Racing 1m33.177s +0.590s 62
8 Hibiki Taira TOM’S 1m33.227s +0.640s 66
9 Reiji Hiraki B-Max Engineering 1m33.275s +0.688s 88
10 Nobuhiro Imada B-MAX Racing 1m34.126s +1.539s 47
11 Sergeyevich Sato RS Fine 1m35.223s +2.636s 61