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Kobayashi fastest in Super Formula tests; Chiyo lands B-Max Honda drive

On Monday and Tuesday, the Japanese Super Formula Championship ran two days of pre-season testing at Suzuka Circuit, in preparation for the 2018 season which starts at the same venue on April 21-22.

Kamui Kobayashi, driving for carrozeria Team KCMG/Toyota, recorded the fastest lap of the two-day test before departing for France to test in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Toyota Gazoo Racing. Rookie Nobuharu Matsushita led the second day of testing for DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing/Honda.

During the test, one of the last two seats on the grid were filled, as B-Max Racing Team selected Katsumasa Chiyo to drive the #50 car, under the guidance of new team principal, and four-time Japanese Top Formula champion, Satoshi Motoyama.

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Honda phenoms Fukuzumi & Matsushita join Super Formula

Honda are giving two of its most outstanding single-seater prospects a massive push towards a promotion into the Formula 1 World Championship, as they have placed Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) drivers Nobuharu Matsushita and Nirei Fukuzumi into the Japanese Super Formula Championship in 2018.

Fukuzumi makes his Super Formula debut in the Red Bull Team Mugen car formerly driven by Pierre Gasly, as part of a double campaign that will see the 20-year-old also compete in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for Arden International.

Seven of Honda’s eight available driver slots were announced over the weekend, with one vacancy, at B-Max Racing Team, still yet to be determined.

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Super Formula JAF Grand Prix preview

Heading into the last round of the 2016 Japanese Super Formula Championship, there’s never been this much excitement, this much drama, and this much anticipation for a season finale in Japanese Top Formula competition. Not in many, many years at least.

And it is only fitting that this last round is the JAF Suzuka Grand Prix, a two-race doubleheader at Suzuka Circuit, the spiritual home of formula racing in Japan. There are a magnificent seven realistic championship contenders, all within twelve and a half points, with as many as eighteen points available over the two races plus qualifying.

Of these seven competitors, there are four former Super Formula champions, including the defending title holder. There are four active Super GT stars, and two distinguished series alumni. There are two “super” rookies, one of whom has a guaranteed ticket to Formula 1, trying to make history of their own. And any one of them could potentially leave Suzuka on Sunday evening as the champion.

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