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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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.
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