YASUHIRO SHIMIZU WINS SUZUKA, YASUOKA GETS PENALTY The action at Suzuka confirmed a tight and hard-fought championship in round 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan. Round nine was cancelled due to rain, which also affected the Japanese Grand...
YASUHIRO SHIMIZU WINS SUZUKA, YASUOKA GETS PENALTY
The action at Suzuka confirmed a tight and hard-fought championship in round 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan. Round nine was cancelled due to rain, which also affected the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, round 16 of the 2010 FIA Formula One world championship.
Nothing could have disappointed the stars more after qualifying than to see their efforts destroyed by so much water on the track that race officials were obliged to cancel the first race on Saturday. But bright blue sky and a dry track welcomed the grid that had been set on Friday for Sunday's racing, when it was a dry and sunny 25DEGC as race two got underway.
Hideto Yasuoka took the chequered flag in Suzuka but was given a 30-second penalty for a jump-start, which brought him down to third after Shimizu and Hayashi in the final Suzuka race result.
It seemed to be a good start for Hideto Yasuoka, who managed to keep the advantage of his pole despite a few offs on the first lap. Having lost his most dangerous rival - Abe did not complete the first lap and went straight off at the first corner due to brake failure - he managed to finish the race in the lead from start to finish. Yasuhiro Shimizu, current leader of the Championship, finished1.9 seconds behind Yasuoka and moved into first place for the race once Yasuoka's penalty was counted. Finishing after Shimizu was a happy Hisamori Hayashi, who placed second.
The two championship contenders will now be fighting as hard as ever as they head for the final two rounds at Motegi.
Hideto Yasuoka commented, "My mission for qualifying was to claim pole position and I did so, ahead of my rival who was my most dangerous contender in the race. I felt strong because I won two consecutive races recently, even if the Fuji round was cancelled which was disappointing. Today is the biggest event of the year in front of F1 on a real drivers' circuit that requires real precision and a good car set-up. My pole was a career highlight and stepping on the highest step of the podium is another great moment."
Yasuoka began the race side by side with Abe. "Then he went off and I had enough time to build my race properly. I knew I had to work for the Championship and not for this race only. I had to see the race stewards after the race, because Yasuhiro Shimizu, the championship leader's team said that I moved on the grid. I do not feel that I did but I was penalized with 30 seconds. In any case, I was not moving on purpose. The last race in Motegi will be tight again!"
After race two Yasuhiro Shimizu commented, "My car has been very good all season, I have been driving very well and here it was good again. But what can I say? I am not happy because the pole man was moving before the start and I was waiting to see what would happen. I had the car to win," Shimizu continued, "and of course I was not happy with the result, which is why the team appealed with the race stewards."
Hisamori Hayashi commented, "Overall, this season is very tight. To be on the Suzuka podium is very important and it is a good asset to have brought in that many points today. This gave me a good feeling for the last round of the season in Motegi. Here my qualifying was not as good as I wanted but my start was good. Abe went off and I needed a bit of patience with Kobayashi. But I knew that he was not quite as quick as I was at certain places and high-speed corners. So I had to have a good strategy and wait- then it was not difficult to pass him. I started catching Shimizu but I did not push too much because I wanted at least a podium to consolidate my good results in this first season and I did not want to take any risks."