Super Formula: Sportsland SUGO Preview

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Source: Super Formula Media

The penultimate round of this year’s Super Formula Championship will be held at the Sportsland SUGO circuit.

Hiroaki Ishiura (P.mu/cerumoINGING) still leads the drivers’ standing but will be up against a determined driver in Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen), who has won at the last rounds held at Twin Ring Motegi and Autopolis respectively.

Third placed Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team Le Mans) will fancy his chances of a win having finished on the podium for the last three rounds, whilst fourth placed André Lotterer (Vantelin Team Tom’s) cannot be ruled just yet, as his engine failure at Autopolis was the German’s first time outside of the points this year.

The track at Sportsland SUGO has a range of medium and high-speed corners, which has contributed towards its reputation of causing incidents during the race, with the possibility of throwing the championship standings on its head over the course of 68 laps.

Last year’s race Yuhi Sekiguchi (Itochu Enex Team Implu) lead from pole position and took a commanding lead, but lost it under the safety car after his team-mate João Paulo de Oliveira spun off, allowing second placed Daisuke Nakajima (TCS Nakajima Racing) to close, who himself had already made his compulsory fuel stop.

At the restart, Sekiguchi pushed hard to build up a big enough gap before pitting and managed to do so and achieve a hard-fought victory, with Tomoki Nojiri (Docomo Team Dandelion Racing) completing the podium.

Qualifying coverage starts at 1:00pm local time (5:00am BST), before Sunday’s race coverage at 1:40pm (5:40am BST) which will be streamed live on motorsport.tv (subscription required).

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