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!
Continue reading 2019 Super Formula Championship: Autopolis Preview
If you’ve never watched the Japanese Super Formula Championship, there’s never been a better time to get into it than this year!
Super Formula begins its 2019 season this weekend at the home of Grand Prix racing in Japan – legendary Suzuka Circuit – for a 250 kilometer race featuring twenty of the best drivers, from Japan and all over the world.
The 2019 season sees the debut of the new Dallara SF19 chassis. Enhanced driver head protection provided by the Halo device, refined aerodynamics, and wider, softer tyres provided by the series’ official tyre supplier at Yokohama further perfect the concept of the fastest spec-formula single-seater championship on the planet, with all cars powered by two-litre, turbocharged four-cyclinder engines producing 650 horsepower.
And with all the races broadcast live and free around the world on Grand Central Entertainment’s Let’s Go Racing channel (formerly NISMO TV), it’s now easier than ever to follow Super Formula in 2019! So we’ve dusted off the WordPress a bit to quickly cover the series’ rich history and look at the class of 2019, driver-by-driver.
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18-year-old Londoner Daniel Ticktum makes his debut in the Japanese Super Formula Championship this weekend for Red Bull Team Mugen, driving at Sportsland SUGO, the track where seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher made his one and only start in the series way back in 1991.
Further down the paddock, four-time Japanese Top Formula Champion and three-time Super GT GT500 champion, Satoshi Motoyama, is debriefing with his B-Max Racing Team and his driving protegé Katsumasa Chiyo.
Ticktum, the one making his Super Formula debut, had to rebuild his career and his livelihood after being banned for a calendar year and placed on probation for a second for a retaliatory crash with a championship rival in British Formula 4 in 2015. Motoyama, the one who’s now since retired from this championship as an active competitor, can absolutely empathise.
Continue reading Super Formula rookie Ticktum shares a road to redemption with legend Motoyama
On Monday, the Japanese racing world learned the tragic news that Kenji Yamada, chief engineer at Team LeMans in the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Japanese Super Formula Championship, passed away suddenly at the age of 54.
Yamada, who had been a mechanic and engineer for over 30 years, was set to work with Kazuya Oshima at this Sunday’s Super Formula season opener at Suzuka Circuit, and was with the team through Saturday until his passing on Sunday.
Continue reading Obituary: Kenji Yamada, Team LeMans chief engineer