Honda are giving two of its most outstanding single-seater prospects a massive push towards a promotion into the Formula 1 World Championship, as they have placed Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) drivers Nobuharu Matsushita and Nirei Fukuzumi into the Japanese Super Formula Championship in 2018.
Fukuzumi makes his Super Formula debut in the Red Bull Team Mugen car formerly driven by Pierre Gasly, as part of a double campaign that will see the 20-year-old also compete in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for Arden International.
Seven of Honda’s eight available driver slots were announced over the weekend, with one vacancy, at B-Max Racing Team, still yet to be determined.
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The attention of Super GT fans around the world was drawn Friday to the famous Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan, site of the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon.
It was here where Honda were the first to announce their full GT500 programme for the 2018 season, headlined by the arrival of Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button at Team Kunimitsu, and Takuya Izawa moving back to Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA).
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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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Pierre Gasly took a major step towards becoming only the second rookie champion in Japanese Top Formula Championship history, by taking back-to-back victories in the 2017 Super Formula Championship with his win this past weekend at Autopolis circuit on the island of Kyushu.
In the second of two races to feature the prime/option tyre selection this season, the Red Bull Team Mugen driver Gasly went from fifth on the grid to second with a great start, then powered past pole winner Tomoki Nojiri to claim his second win of the season – leading an all-rookie 1-2 finish ahead of Felix Rosenqvist of Sunoco Team LeMans, who along with Gasly has asserted himself as a major championship threat to points leader Hiroaki Ishiura.
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