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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At a talk show held at this weekend’s Osaka Auto Messe, Super GT announced the dates of their two pre-season tests, and a single in-season test, for the 2018 season.
Two pre-season tests will be held, first at Okayama International Circuit on March 17 & 18, then the following week at Fuji Speedway, on March 24 & 25. Then, one week after the opening round of the 2018 season at Okayama, there will be two in-season tests, at Suzuka Circuit, on April 16 & 17 – and a second to be confirmed later in the year.
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Super Typhoon Lan is projected to be the largest typhoon to ever make landfall in Japan on Sunday, intensifying to Category 5 status – the highest classification for such a phenomena – with winds topping out over 150 miles per hour and the likelihood of severe flash flooding and mudslides in the affected areas.
With this potentially lethal storm bearing down on the mainland of the country, Japan Race Promotion (JRP), the promoters of the Japanese Super Formula Championship, came to the decision to cancel the two races of the JAF Grand Prix Suzuka, shortly after the conclusion of qualifying on Saturday.
Hiroaki Ishiura has won his second Super Formula Drivers’ Championship in three seasons, and P.MU/Cerumo-INGING have won their third consecutive Teams’ Championship.
Continue reading JAF Grand Prix Suzuka cancelled as Typhoon Lan approaches Japan
The final round of the Japanese Super Formula Championship will take place, fittingly, at the 16th JAF Grand Prix Suzuka at Suzuka Circuit – a two-race final act that will determine the 45th Japanese Top Formula Champion.
Eight drivers – including four main contenders and four longshots – are still mathematically eligible to win the championship, in these final two races of the 2017 season. Two young superstars are vying to become the first rookie champion of the series in over twenty years. It’s all to play for in the richest prize in Japanese open-wheel racing.
Continue reading Special Preview: 16th JAF Grand Prix Suzuka