Michael claimed fifth position and two points at round eight of the Formula Nippon Championship held at the Fuji circuit today. From his sixth grid position, Michael made a demon start and was alongside Wakisaka, who pushed Michael onto the...
Michael claimed fifth position and two points at round eight of the Formula Nippon Championship held at the Fuji circuit today.
From his sixth grid position, Michael made a demon start and was alongside Wakisaka, who pushed Michael onto the grass. Losing several places, Michael then re-took a number of cars and was running in fourth position on the lap the race was red flagged, due to an accident, relegating Michael back to sixth position for the re start.
From the re-start Michael made an even better getaway, weaving his way up to second position and driving a great first lap. Most of the drivers elected to pit on lap two but Michael chose to stay out for a further five laps, pushing very hard to consolidate his position. Pitting from a solid second position, he rejoined the track in eighth position, following a stop that took ten seconds.
Michael then enjoyed a frantic second section of the race, overtaking Michigami, avoiding the spinning Noda and catching Firmin who was in fifth position. Attached to the rear of Firmin's gearbox and attacking hard, the battle was joined by Tachikawa who slipped by Michael at one stage only to later collide with Firmin. Michael was alongside Tachikawa when he hit Firmin and had to brake to avoid Firmin as he spun into Michael's path allowing Tachikawa through again.
Shibahara managed to lead most of the second part of the race, having made his pit stop before the red flag and benefiting from not having to stop at all in the second race, he was caught and passed by Takagi and Motoyama in the closing stages of the race.
"It was a lot of excitement today, we had lots of battles and some good overtaking I really enjoyed it. But it was a lot of work for only two points. We made some changes to the car between the races and it was better in the second race, but we never really got the set-up right this weekend. If I had got past Ralph cleanly when I first caught him maybe I could have been on the podium, but for sure I could have been fourth" Michael commented Sunday evening.
<pre> 2000 FORMULA NIPPON -Rd.8 FUJI : Final Result 2000.9.3 / WEATHER:FINE / COURSE:DRY 1st Part- START:14:29'06 / FINISH:14:42'29.949 2nd Part- START:15:24'00 / FINISH:16:13'45.253 Pos. No. DRIVER TEAM LAP 2nd Part TIME BEST (1st+2nd)
1 0 TORANOSUKE TAKAGI PIAA NAKAJIMA 47(10+37) 49'45.253 1'19.058 2 19 SATOSHI MOTOYAMA IMPUL 47(10+37) 49'47.018 1'18.962 3 62 SHINSUKE SHIBAHARA LEYJUN 47(10+37) 49'50.928 1'19.821 4 11 YUJI TACHIKAWA COSMO OIL CERUMO 47(10+37) 49'58.441 1'18.865 5 6 MICHAEL KRUMM 5ZIGEN 47(10+37) 50'01.712 1'19.225 6 7 HIDEKI NODA LeMans 47(10+37) 50'04.773 1'18.831 7 68 RYO MICHIGAMI DoCoMo DANDELION 47(10+37) 0'11.139 1'19.610 8 5 NAOKI HATTORI 5ZIGEN 47(10+37) 50'17.262 1'19.482 9 14 SHIGEKAZU WAKISAKA MOONCRAFT 47(10+37) 50'17.749 1'19.511 10 8 YUDAI IGARASHI LeMans 47(10+37) 50'20.437 1'19.446 11 12 JAROSLAW WIERCZUK COSMO OIL CERUMO 47(10+37) 50'28.683 1'19.753 12 21 ALEX YOONG TEAM MALAYSIA 47(10+37) 50'52.313 1'20.166 13 9 RALPH FIRMAN Morinaga NOVA 45(10+35) 50'15.483 1'19.351 14 63 OSAMU LEYJUN 44(10+34) 49'49.759 1'23.161
(ABOVE FINISHED) - 56 JUICHI WAKISAKA ARTA 17(10+7) ---- 1'20.020 - 2 TSUGIO MATSUDA PIAA NAKAJIMA 10(10+0) ---- 1'19.925 - 55 KATSUTOMO KANEISHI ARTA 10(10+0) ---- 1'20.559 - 10 KOJI YAMANISHI Morinaga NOVA 10(10+0) ---- 1'20.429 - 3 MASAHIKO KONDO Olympic KONDO 7(7+0) ---- 1'20.604 - 36 TETSUJI TAMANAKA TAKAGI B-1 2(2+0) ---- 1'39.001
BEST TIME:No.7 HIDEKI NODA 1'18.831(10/37-2nd part) 200.936km/h