The 2019 Japanese Super Formula Championship is now at the halfway point of the season. Through three races, we’ve seen three different winners – but two-time and defending series champion, Naoki Yamamoto, stands tall atop the championship tables.
In the summer heat, the calendar turns to the historic Fuji Speedway, in the town of Oyama, located a short 100 kilometers west of the heart of Tokyo, and right at the foot of the awe-inspiring Mount Fuji. Second only to Suzuka in terms of the most Japanese Top Formula Championship races held, Fuji Speedway has been the home of countless memorable races throughout its history.
Who will be crowned champion in Sunday’s 55-lap race at Fuji-san?
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In the woodlands of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, 25 kilometers south of the city of Sendai, Sportsland Sugo hosts the third round of the 2019 Japanese Super Formula Championship!
For the first time since 1996, Sportsland Sugo’s round of the Japanese Top Formula series will be held during the rainy summer season. And initial forecasts do predict rain on and off throughout the weekend.
But no matter the weather, this Sunday’s 68-lap race promises action and compelling drama the whole way through!
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The second round of the 2019 Japanese Super Formula Championship takes us to Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, in the remote town of Oita located 160 kilometers east of the city of Fukuoka, and the Autopolis International Racing Course – once the prospective home of the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, and now one of the most underappreciated modern circuits in all of motor racing.
First opened in 1990, but not a part of the Super Formula calendar until 2006, Autopolis brings a unique challenge as a high-altitude, undulating circuit with an abrasive surface and several high-speed, medium-speed, and low-speed corners. All of which will make this Sunday’s 54-lap race one to watch!
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It’s been over twenty years since Japan has held a short-form touring car championship of its own. The All-Japan Touring Car Championship (JTC/JTCC), in its heyday, was a top-level competition featuring the cars of the FIA Group A category from the late ’80s to the early ’90s, and later, the Super Touring (Class II) cars in the mid-90s.
This weekend, touring car racing in Japan is revived with the launch of the TCR Japan Series, promoted by Japan Race Promotion (JRP) as part of the Super Formula Championship support ticket.
TCR Japan is a new series which hopes to shine a spotlight on a different breed of racing drivers, and to further expand the TCR formula – the new world standard of touring car racing – to a new audience.
It’s time to meet those new heroes and give you the rundown on the inaugural TCR Japan Series for 2019!
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