Inging’s Yuji Kunimoto reclaimed the Super Formula points lead after winning the penultimate race of the season at Suzuka.
At the start of the race Kunimoto made a better getaway than polesitter Hiroaki Ishiura, who also got beaten off the line by a fast-starting Andre Lotterer.
Meanwhile, erstwhile points leader Yuki Sekiguchi was making plenty of headway from 13th on the grid, having propelled himself into the top 10 on the opening lap of the race.
The Impul driver then dispatched teammate Joao Paulo de Oliveira, before setting off on a charge after McLaren protégé Stoffel Vandoorne.
The two drivers made contact on Lap 15, with Sekiguchi forcing Vandoorne into a spin and dropping the Belgian to the rear of the pack.
At the front, Kunimoto was unchallenged for victory, the Inging driver bagging eight points to take the lead in the drivers' standings.
Lotterer and Ishiura finished in second and third places respectively, while Dandelion’s Tomoki Nojiri fended off an early challenge from Kazuki Nakajima to claim the fourth spot.
Bertrand Baguette was classified sixth, ahead of the lead Drago Corse entry of Takashi Kogure.
Sekiguchi was eighth, while de Oliveira and Kamui Kobayashi completed the top 10.
UPDATE: Sekiguchi was handed a 30-second penalty for causing a collision, promoting de Oliveira to the final points-paying position.
|7||Takashi Kogure||DRAGO CORSE||27.087|
|8||J.P.de Oliveira||TEAM IMPUL||36.271|
|9||Kamui Kobayashi||TEAM LEMANS||36.539|
|15||Narain Karthikeyan||TEAM LEMANS||43.301|
|18||Yuhi Sekiguchi||TEAM IMPUL||1'05.359|
|19||Naoki Yamamoto||TEAM MUGEN||1 Lap|