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Yamashita leads easy 1-2 for TOM’S in second Okayama race

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Japanese F3

Photo: Japanese F3

Poleman Kenta Yamashita rebounded from his troubles in the first race of the Japanese F3 Okayama race by easily converting pole into a win in race two.

Yamashita headed what was only TOM’S second 1-2 of the season, despite the team having locked out all but one qualifying session.

After getting a good start, the Japanese racer maintained a consistent lead over teammate Nick Cassidy, the duo finishing 1.5s apart after a 35-minute race.

Mitsunori Takaboshi, TOM’S’ chief rival in the standings, kept third on the opening lap and had to spend much of the race keeping teammate Lucas Ordonez behind.

He succeeded after all, recording his sixth podium in seven races in 2015, with the Spaniard taking fourth right behind.

Nirei Fukuzumi was through to fourth after contact with Toda’s Keishi Ishikawa on lap 11, the latter closing the door on his opponent into the hairpin and ending up sent into a spin. As such, sixth went to Fukuzumi’s teammate Tsubasa Takahashi.

Ryo Ogawa claimed his fourth consecutive National class win with ninth overall.

Cassidy’s result means the Kiwi maintains the championship lead by six points, with Takaboshi a further three adrift.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Cl. Time/Gap
1 Kenta Yamashita Petronas Team TOM’S C 25 laps in 35:30.401
2 Nick Cassidy Petronas Team TOM’S C +1.601
3 Mitsunori Takaboshi B-MAX Racing C +12.411
4 Lucas Ordonez B-MAX Racing C +13.461
5 Nirei Fukuzumi HFDP Racing C +14.351
6 Tsubasa Takahashi HFDP Racing C +21.188
7 Struan Moore KCMG C +22.669
8 Tairoku Yamaguchi KRC Hanashima Racing C +39.240
9 Ryo Ogawa TOM’S N +58.841
10 Ai Miura Exedy Racing Team N +1 laps
11 Dragon B-MAX Racing N +1 laps
12 Motoyoshi Yoshida RSS with B-MAX C +1 laps
13 Alex Yang KRC Hanashima Racing N +1 laps
Not classified
Masaru Miura CMS N +8 laps
Keishi Ishikawa Toda Racing C +15 laps