It wasn’t the dominant performance that he put on this time a year ago, but Yuhi Sekiguchi did hang on to win the sixth round of the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship at Sportsland SUGO on Sunday, keeping his hopes of winning the 2017 championship alive going into next month’s JAF Grand Prix weekend at Suzuka Circuit.
Sekiguchi denied Red Bull Team Mugen’s Pierre Gasly a third consecutive victory by just 0.243 seconds, the closest finish of the season. However, the French rookie closed to within half a point of championship leader Hiroaki Ishiura, who finished sixth – leaving eight drivers still mathematically eligible for the championship in October’s season finale.
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Just two more rounds, and three races remain in the 2017 Japanese Super Formula Championship, and the sixth and penultimate round resonates from the tight, undulating, and treacherous Sportsland Sugo in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Last year at Sugo, a rookie driver delivered one of the all-time great drives in Japanese Top Formula history. This year, the rookie class of 2017 – led by championship contenders Pierre Gasly and Felix Rosenqvist – will look to replicate Yuhi Sekiguchi’s stunning 2016 pole-to-victory performance, and take another step towards moving past former champion Hiroaki Ishiura in the Drivers’ Championship.
Continue reading Super Formula swings to Sugo for penultimate championship round
For the first time since September 2015, the Japanese Super Formula Championship will return to Kyushu island and the undulating, high-altitude Autopolis circuit for the fifth round of the 2017 season.
Back for the first time since the Kumamoto earthquakes of April 2016 cancelled last year’s running of the event, Autopolis will be the stage for the championship contenders to all keep pace with points leader Hiroaki Ishiura, who leads the field in pursuit of his second Japanese top formula championship with just three rounds left this season.
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The first of the vaunted 2017 Super Formula rookie class to win a race was the reigning FIA Formula 2 Champion, Pierre Gasly, who took his #15 Red Bull Team Mugen Dallara/Honda to victory at Twin Ring Motegi, the first Honda pilot to win at Motegi in nearly seven years.
Gasly beat Kamui Kobayashi, who scored KCMG’s best-ever Super Formula finish in second after leading 34 of 52 laps at the start of the race, and fellow rookie Felix Rosenqvist (Sunoco Team LeMans) picked up his second podium finish in a row – while right behind them, Hiroaki Ishiura (P.MU/Cerumo-INGING) in fourth extended his championship lead over the field after driving from 17th on the grid.
Continue reading Speed and strategy push Gasly to first Super Formula victory