Press Release 93 FN-6 / FUJI Race August 31st, 1997 De la Rosa wins again ! Takagi and Kurosawa crash while fighting for second place. Fuji (Japan) - Pedro de la Rosa (Shionogi Nova) has done it again! The Spaniard has won his 4th Formula...
Press Release 93 FN-6 / FUJI Race August 31st, 1997
De la Rosa wins again !
Takagi and Kurosawa crash while fighting for second place.
Fuji (Japan) - Pedro de la Rosa (Shionogi Nova) has done it again! The Spaniard has won his 4th Formula Nippon race this season and increases his championship chances with a lead of 28 points with 4 races left.
Starting from pole, Pedro de la Rosa took the lead immediately, set fastest lap and won by a margin of 19 seconds from Argentinian Norberto Fontana. De la Rosa's rivals in the champiosnhip, Toranosuke Takagi and Takuya Kurosawa, had both to retire on lap 11 after making contact while dicing for third place.
"This win is very important for all of us because Fuji is our home circuit and we couldn't win early in the season. Now, I am confident we can win the Champiosnhip", said Pedro afterwards.
Briton Ralph Firman finished 13th after suffering mechanical and set-up troubles during practice.
With this 4th victory in the F- Nippon series, Pedro de la Rosa has beated the record of victories in japanese F-3000 by a foreiner driver in one season. Previously, Ross Cheever (91), Marco Apicella (94) and Ralf Schumacher last year, had managed to win 3 races in a season. In two seasons, Pedro has already became the most succesful foreign driver in JF-3000 behind the mentioned Cheever and Apicella who raced several seasons in Japan. RACE RESULTS
1 - Pedro M. de la Rosa Lola - Mugen Bridgestone 59' 22.035 at 203.029 km/h 2 - Norberto Fontana Reynard - Mugen Bridgestone 59' 41.095 3 - Hidetoshi Mitsusada Lola - Mugen Bridgestone 59' 41.323 4 - Masami Kageyama Reynard - Mugen Bridgestone 59' 45.981 5 - Akira Iida Lola - Mugen Bridgestone 59' 50.081 6 - Esteba Tuero Reynard - Mugen Bridgestone 59' 57.388 =8A Hasta 10 clasificados
=46astest lap : Pedro M. de la Rosa in 1' 18.593 at 204.751 km/h
Championship standings after 6 out of 10 races : 1 - Pedro M. de la Rosa, 50 points, 2 - Takuya Kurosawa, 22, 3 - Toranosuke Takagi & Hidetoshi Mitsusada, 14, 5 - Masahiko Kageyama, 12, 6 - Ralph Firman,10....
Next Formula Nippon race : MINE 13-14 September