Round Four of the Super Formula Championship will be taking place at the Twin Ring Motegi Road Course, with the track celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year.
Hiroaki Ishiura (P.mu/cerumo・INGING) currently leads the drivers’ championship ahead of André Lotterer (Vantelin Team Tom’s) having inherited the race win last time out in Fuji following the retirement of his team-mate and defending champion Yuji Kunimoto.
Further down the field, series rookies Pierre Gasly (Team Mugen) and Felix Rosenqvist (SUNOCO Team Le Mans) will be looking to build upon their best finishes of the year in Fuji and sustain a challenge at the front.
The track has a reputation of putting the car’s brakes under much scrutiny and the circuit layout provides drivers with minimal overtaking opportunities. As a result, the race organisers will provide the teams with two tyre compounds to use during the race to make the competition more exciting and unpredictable.
In last year’s race, Yuhi Sekiguchi (ITOCHU ENEX Team Impul) was victorious ahead of Lotterer and Ishiura in a race which relied heavily on the team’s decision making in which tyre compound to start the race on.
Qualifying coverage starts on Saturday at 2pm local time (6am BST) before the race coverage on Sunday at 1:40pm local time (5:40am BST), with the latter being streamed live on motorsport.tv (subscription required).