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Tomoki Nojiri fastest in pre-event Super Formula test at Okayama

by Ida Wood

Photo: Super Formula

Team Mugen’s Tomoki Nojiri shook off set-up concerns to set the pace in Super Formula’s pre-event test at Okayama.

The Honda-backed team ended up with the best settings for the end of the morning session, with Nojiri going to the top of the times and his rookie team-mate Ukyo Sasahara going third fastest.

Between them was Toshiki Oyu, just 0.097 seconds slower than Nojiri on one of Japan’s shorter laps, and his Nakajima Racing team’s single-lap pace with the Dallara SF19 was once again evident as team-mate Tadasuke Makino was fifth.

Nirei Fukuzumi was the top Dandelion Racing car in fourth, with his esteemed team-mate Naoki Yamamoto languishing down in 12th place.

He had it better than the Toyota-powered runners though, who had dominated the season opener at Twin Ring Motegi, with Team Impul’s Yuhi Sekiguchi the best of those cars in sixth place.

INGING’s Sho Tsuboi was seventh, but he didn’t have much to smile about as he ended the session early by crashing at the high speed Attwood hairpin and getting beached in the gravel.

A red flag had interrupted the early part of the test too, when ROOKIE Racing’s Kazuya Oshima crashed at the first corner.

Ritomo Miyata outpaced reigning champion Nick Cassidy at TOM’S ahead of his debut in the series, and his Super Formula Lights rival Sena Sakaguchi did the same to his admittedly less experienced Kondo Racing team-mate Sacha Fenestraz,


Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Tomoki Nojiri Team Mugen 1m13.741s 16
2 Toshiki Oyu Nakajima Racing 1m13.838s +0.097s 20
3 Ukyo Sasahara Team Mugen 1m14.068s +0.327s 19
4 Nirei Fukuzumi Dandelion Racing 1m14.127s +0.386s 17
5 Tadasuke Makino Nakajima Racing 1m14.145s +0.404s 20
6 Yuhi Sekighuchi Team Impul 1m14.171s +0.430s 15
7 Sho Tsuboi INGING 1m14.328s +0.587s 13
8 Ryo Hirakawa Team Impul 1m14.390s +0.649s 13
9 Ritomo Miyata TOM’S 1m14.455s +0.714s 21
10 Yuichi Nakayama KCMG 1m14.536s +0.795s 20
11 Koudai Tsukakoshi ThreeBond w/ Drago Corse 1m14.602s +0.861s 16
12 Naoki Yamamoto Dandelion Racing 1m14.613s +0.872s 14
13 Nick Cassidy TOM’S 1m14.628s +0.887s 16
14 Hiroaki Ishiura INGING 1m14.687s +0.946s 14
15 Yuji Kunimoto KCMG 1m14.800s +1.059s 16
16 Sena Sakaguchi Kondo Racing 1m14.856s +1.115s 21
17 Sacha Fenestraz Kondo Racing 1m14.922s +1.181s 17
18 Mitsunori Takaboshi B-MAX Racing w/ Motopark 1m15.092s +1.351s 18
19 Kazuya Oshima ROOKIE Racing 1m16.049s +2.308s 3