Fukuzumi sweeps final day of Fuji Super Formula test

Jamie Klein
motorsport.com

Dandelion Racing driver Fukuzumi again prevailed during a late fresh-tyre shootout in the 130-minute Wednesday afternoon session, setting a best time of 1m21.207s.

That was enough to beat nearest challenger Ryo Hirakawa (Impul) by 0.241s, although it fell short of his fastest time in the morning session and Hirakawa's Tuesday benchmark.

The session was disrupted by no fewer than three red flags, the first of which was triggered by TOM'S man Kazuki Nakajima spinning off at Turn 4.

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Not long after action resumed, Kamui Kobayashi's KCMG car sustained a left-rear puncture, causing him to go off at the same corner, while his teammate Yuji Kunimoto suffered a similar problem later in the session at Turn 9, causing another stoppage.

Red Bull junior Juri Vips (Mugen) had been leading the way on a 1m21.819s before the final stoppage, but this was surpassed by Sacha Fenestraz (Kondo Racing) just after the 90-minute mark as the Frenchman posted a 1m21.782s and then a 1m21.642s.

That was the time to beat heading into the closing minutes, when Fukuzumi went some four tenths faster to top the session for Honda.

Fenestraz's earlier time was good enough for third, followed by Dandelion's 2018 champion Naoki Yamamoto in fourth and the second Impul car of Yuhi Sekiguchi in fifth.

Toshiki Oyu (Nakajima Racing) rounded out an impressive two days in sixth ahead of Vips and another rookie, B-Max/Motopark driver Sergio Sette Camara.

Kobayashi and Nakajima ended up 10th and 12th respectively after their earlier troubles, sandwiched by reigning champion Nick Cassidy (TOM'S).

Drago Corse newcomer Tatiana Calderon concluded the test at the bottom of the order, not improving on her best time from the morning session.

Session results:

1

6

Japan
Japan

 Nirei Fukuzumi

Dandelion/Honda

1m21.207s

 

2

20

Japan
Japan

 Ryo Hirakawa

Impul/Toyota

1m21.448s

0.241s

3

4

France
France

 Sacha Fenestraz

Kondo/Toyota

1m21.642s

0.435s

4

5

Japan
Japan

 Naoki Yamamoto

Dandelion/Honda

1m21.662s

0.455s

5

19

Japan
Japan

 Yuhi Sekiguchi

Impul/Toyota

1m21.676s

0.469s

6

65

Japan
Japan

 Toshiki Oyu

Nakajima/Honda

1m21.691s

0.484s

7

15

Estonia
Estonia

 Juri Vips

Mugen/Honda

1m21.819s

0.612s

8

50

Brazil
Brazil

 Sergio Sette Camara

B-Max/Honda

1m21.823s

0.616s

9

64

Japan
Japan

 Tadasuke Makino

Nakajima/Honda

1m21.832s

0.625s

10

7

Japan
Japan

 Kamui Kobayashi

KCMG/Toyota

1m21.929s

0.722s

11

1

New Zealand
New Zealand

 Nick Cassidy

TOM'S/Toyota

1m22.005s

0.798s

12

36

Japan
Japan

 Kazuki Nakajima

TOM'S/Toyota

1m22.043s

0.836s

13

39

Japan
Japan

 Sho Tsuboi

Inging/Toyota

1m22.077s

0.870s

14

16

Japan
Japan

 Tomoki Nojiri

Mugen/Honda

1m22.236s

1.029s

15

38

Japan
Japan

 Hiroaki Ishiura

Inging/Toyota

1m22.320s

1.113s

16

3

Japan
Japan

 Kenta Yamashita

Kondo/Toyota

1m22.446s

1.239s

17

18

Japan
Japan

 Yuji Kunimoto

KCMG/Toyota

1m22.453s

1.246s

18

14

Japan
Japan

 Kazuya Oshima

Inging/Toyota

1m22.746s

1.539s

19

51

France
France

 Charles Milesi

B-Max/Honda

1m22.892s

1.685s

20

12

Colombia
Colombia

 Tatiana Calderon

Drago Corse/Honda

1m23.475s

2.268s

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