FNIPPON: Fuji results

Formula Nippon Round 7 Race Results Sept.1,1996 Fuji International Speedway (4.470km) Weather Conditions: Hot, Partly Cludy Pos No Driver Car Tire Laps Time/Delay Q 1 24 Naoki Hattori ...

Formula Nippon Round 7 Race Results Sept.1,1996 Fuji International Speedway (4.470km) Weather Conditions: Hot, Partly Cludy

Pos No Driver Car Tire Laps Time/Delay Q 1 24 Naoki Hattori Reynard96D Mugen BS 45 59'22.324(203.013km/h) 1 1'16.785 2 10 Norberto Fontana LolaT96/51 Mugen BS 45 -0.415 6 1'17.427 3 8 Shinji Nakano Dome F104i Mugen BS 45 -12.156 3 1'16.876 4 55 Katsutomo Kaneishi Reynard95D Mugen BS 45 -26.138 6 1'09.438 5 56 Satoshi Motoyama Reynard95D Mugen BS 45 -39.483 7 1'16.608 6 9 Pedro de la Rosa LolaT96/51 Mugen BS 45 -40.587 5 1'17.153 7 1 Toshio Suzuki LolaT96/52 Mugen BS 45 -49.589 13 1'17.226 8 65 Takuya Kurosawa Reynard96D Mugen BS 45 -50.708 10 1'17.081 9 7 Masami Kageyama Reynard96D Mugen YH 45 -56.724 20 1'18.006 10 6 Hidetoshi Mitsusada Reynard95D Judd YH 45 -57.327 15 1'17.368 11 31 Hideki Okada LolaT95/50 Mugen BS 44 -1 lap 18 1'17.966 12 5 Marco Apicella Reynard96D Judd YH 44 -1 lap 11 1'17.103 13 72 Atsushi Kawamoto LolaT93/50 Ford BS 44 -1 lap 22 1'19.206 14 28 Masahiko Kondo Reynard94D Mugen BS 43 -2 laps 19 1'18.000 15 15 Masao Yamada LolaT93/50 Mugen YH 42 -3 laps 26 1'20.834 16 12 Yukihiro Hane LolaT94/50 Mugen BS 41 -4 laps 17 1'17.644 DNF 64 Toranosuke Takagi Reynard96D Mugen BS 38 -7 laps 2 1'16.799 19 Kazuyoshi Hoshino LolaT96/52 Mugen BS 21 -24 laps 4 1'16.983 73 Tetsuji Tamanaka LolaT93/50 Ford BS 20 -25 laps 25 1'20.236 17 Taichiro Onishi LolaT94/50 Mugen YH 10 -35 laps 24 1'19.772 20 Andrew Gilbert-Scott Reynard96D Mugen BS 9 -36 laps 23 1'19.331 21 Michael Krumm Reynard95D Mugen BS 2 -43 laps 16 1'17.555 30 Eiichi Tajima LolaT94/50 Mugen BS 1 -44 laps 21 1'19.127 25 Ralf Schumacher Reynard96D Mugen BS 0 -45 laps 8 1'16.717 27 Masahiko Kageyama Reynard96D Mugen BS 0 -45 laps 9 1'17.046 2 Katsumi Yamamoto Dome F104i Mugen BS 0 -45 laps 12 1'17.131

Fastest Lap: 10 Fontana 1'18.098 (206.049km/h) on Lap 34 Championship Standings: Schumacher 27, Hoshino 25, Takagi/Hattori 24, Fontana 22, Nakano 11, Kaneishi 9, Masami Kageyama/Kurosawa/Motoyama 8, etc. Next Round: Sept.14-15 Mine

Naoki Hattori crossed the finish line to win the seventh round of the Formula Nippon just ahead of Norberto Fontana who used all the bits of the track for the last couple of laps in an effort to take the X Japan Team Le Mans driver, but to no avial. The Argentine ended up in second. This was the closestfinish so far this season. Shinji Nakano endured the broken exhaust pipe and nursed his Dome home to claim the third spot.

What has to be stressed here is the fact that all of the top three contenders in the championship bit the dust on Sunday. With the maximum points of thirty still available, EVERYBODY in the series is mathematically in for the crown. The Mine race is going to be very interesting.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Pedro de la Rosa , Masahiko Kondo , Tora Takagi , Michael Krumm , Shinji Nakano , Andrew Gilbert-Scott , Kazuyoshi Hoshino , Toshio Suzuki , Hidetoshi Mitsusada , Naoki Hattori , Eiichi Tajima , Satoshi Motoyama , Takuya Kurosawa , Masami Kageyama , Marco Apicella , Hideki Okada , Masahiko Kageyama , Tetsuji Tamanaka , Yukihiro Hane , Kaneishi Katsutomo , Norberto Fontana