FNIPPON: Fuji qualifying

Qualifying Results of Formula Nippon Round 3 May 25,1996 Fuji International Speedway (4.470km) Weather Conditions: Sunny, Windy Pos No Driver Car Tire Time 1 ...

Qualifying Results of Formula Nippon Round 3 May 25,1996 Fuji International Speedway (4.470km) Weather Conditions: Sunny, Windy Pos No Driver Car Tire Time 1 25 Ralf Schumacher Reynard96D Mugen BS 1'15.918 (211.966km/h) 2 24 Naoki Hattori Reynard96D Mugen BS 1'16.128 3 8 Shinji Nakano Dome F104i Mugen BS 1'16.269 4 10 Norberto Fontana LolaT96/51 Mugen BS 1'16.408 5 19 Kazuyoshi Hoshino LolaT96/95 Mugen BS 1'16.543 6 5 Marco Apicella Reynard95D Judd YH 1'16.665 7 9 Pedro de la Rosa LolaT96/51 Mugen BS 1'16.672 8 55 Katsutomo Kaneishi Reynard95D Mugen BS 1'16.775 9 6 Hidetoshi Mitsusada LolaT94/50 Judd YH 1'16.923 10 64 Toranosuke Takagi Reynard96D Mugen BS 1'16.950 11 7 Masami Kageyama LolaT95/50 Mugen YH 1'17.063 12 27 Masahiko Kageyama Reynard96D Mugen BS 1'17.119 13 2 Katsumi Yamamoto Dome F104i Mugen BS 1'17.264 14 56 Satoshi Motoyama Reynard95D Mugen BS 1'17.419 15 65 Takuya Kurosawa Reynard96D Mugen BS 1'17.463 16 31 Hideki Okada LolaT95/50 Mugen BS 1'17.466 17 20 Andrew Gilbert-Scott Reynard96D Mugen BS 1'17.513 18 1 Toshio Suzuki LolaT96/94 Mugen BS 1'17.604 19 21 Michael Krumm Reynard95D Mugen BS 1'18.262 20 30 Eiichi Tajima LolaT94 Mugen BS 1'18.570 21 17 Taichiro Onishi LolaT94/50 Mugen BS 1'18.609 22 28 Masahiko Kondo Reynard94D Mugen BS 1'18.872 23 12 Yukihiro Hane LolaT94/50 Mugen BS 1'19.166 24 72 Atsushi Kawamoto LolaT93 Ford BS 1'19.557 25 73 Tetsuji Tamanaka LolaT93 Ford BS 1'20.701 26 15 Masao Yamada LolaT93 Mugen BS 1'22.616

Ralf Schumacher seems to find the qualifying pace at last as the German placed his Reynard on the first ever pole in his Formula Nippon campaign.

His teammate Naoki Hattori is not far behind in second.

Japanese ace Toranosuke Takagi was perplexed that he couldn't find the straight-line speed. He was disappointed to miss the Special Stage (the top 6 in the first qualifying are given five extra laps in a separate session to better or defend their positions. Only the fastest lap counts for the final grid.)

For the reigning champ Suzuki, qualifying in the ninth row is nothing but humiliation. He complained of ill-handling.

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