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Japan: Alexandre Imperatori Motegi summary

DOUBLE VICTORY FOR IMPERATORI As the title fight heats up between Imperatori and Yamauchi, the young swiss has scored valuable points this week-end at Motegi by taking a double victory. The Japanese F3 championship entered in the last third of...

DOUBLE VICTORY FOR IMPERATORI

As the title fight heats up between Imperatori and Yamauchi, the young swiss has scored valuable points this week-end at Motegi by taking a double victory.

The Japanese F3 championship entered in the last third of the season last week end at Motegi, and the title is far from decided in the National class.

Alexandre Imperatori: "We had some misfortune this year and that means that despite our strong form we are chasing the leader in the standings but everything is open and we have to push all-out till the end."

On friday, two practice sessions of 45 minutes each gave time to the drivers to adjust their setup and Alexandre worked with his engineer through the program that was planned for the day. In the morning, the PTRS driver lapped the track second fastest but felt he could do better yet. In the af On friday, two practice sessions of 45 minutes each gave time to the drivers to adjust their setup and Alexandre worked with his engineer through the program that was planned for the day. In the morning, the PTRS driver lapped the track second fastest but felt he could do better yet. In the afternoon, the team tried different solutions but Alexandre was not really satisfied with the balance of his car. It was also decided not to use a new set of tyres to spare these for the next round at Fuji: "In the second practice session, we tried a few new elements on the car but the car did not react as well as we hoped. Now we can study the data and prepare the car for tomorrow's qualifying".

On saturday morning, the drivers had 20 minutes to produce their two best laps that would determine the grid for race 1 and race 2. On his first set of tyres, Alexandre matched Yamauchi's pace lap for lap: the fight for the title was a direct fight on the track and both drivers pitted together for a fresh set of tyres at the halfway mark.

From this point onward, they traded pole position for the remainder of the session as both went quicker each lap. On his last lap Alex took the pole, just before the Toyota official driver snatched it on his last attempt for 1 hundredth of a second.

Therefore, Imperatori would start the races on the outside of the first row. At the start of race 1, the swiss produced a stunning start to lead into the first corner. He then started to push and edged clear of Yamauchi in second and halfway through the 14 laps race, decided to control the pace: "I could see that when I pushed, I could pull away but these points are very important and I preferred not to risk a mistake and control the pace."

Even so, Alexandre also took the fastest lap of the race and took the win home.

Everything would have to be done again in sunday's 20 laps race. With another 2nd place starting slot, Alexandre had to make a perfect start. In fact, the young swiss made his best getaway of the season with only 2.6sec from 0 to 100 kph. Again, he took the lead into the first corner and didn't let it go during any of the 20 laps. It was in fact very much a replay of the first race, where Alex could pull away when needed and controlled his pace at other times to crossed the line in first place and take a welldeserved double win.

"It is a great result. Starting from second is never optimal but today we made the most of it. I want to give a big thumbs up to my team, the mechanics, and my engineer who are working very hard to give me the chance to catch these victories. The result comes at a good time for us and we must carry this momentum to the last two events."

The next race will be in Fuji on 30- 31st of august.

-credit: alexandreimperatori.com

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Series F3
Drivers Alexandre Imperatori