FNIPPON: Fujir results and final 1996 standings

Formula Nippon Round 10 Race Results Oct.20,1996 Fuji International Speedway (4.470km) Weather Conditions: Heavy Rain, Cold Pos No Driver Car Tire Laps Time/Delay Q 1 55 Katsutomo Kaneishi...

Formula Nippon Round 10 Race Results Oct.20,1996 Fuji International Speedway (4.470km) Weather Conditions: Heavy Rain, Cold Pos No Driver Car Tire Laps Time/Delay Q 1 55 Katsutomo Kaneishi Reynard96D Mugen BS 45 1:13'56.568 7 1'15.783 2 9 Pedoro De La Rosa Lola T96/51 Mugen BS 45 -6.558 14 1'16.112 3 27 Masahiko Kageyama Reynard96D Mugen BS 45 -11.900 12 1'15.901 4 8 Shinji Nakano Dome F104i Mugen BS 45 -1'00.255 5 1'15.869 5 20 Andrew Gilbert-Scott Reynard96D Mugen BS 44 -1 lap 15 1'16.174 6 28 Masahiko Kondo Reynard95D Mugen BS 43 -2 laps 19 1'17.020 7 72 Atsushi Kawamoto LolaT93/50 Ford BS 43 -2 laps 20 1'17.171 DNC 73 Tesuji Tamanaka Lola T93 Ford BS 39 -6 laps 25 1'19.682 DNF 24 Naoki Hattori Reynard96D Mugen BS 38 -7 laps 3 1'15.796 12 Yukihiro Hane LolaT94/50 Mugen BS 36 -9 laps 23 1'17.653 10 Norberto Fontana LolaT96/51 Mugen BS 30 -15 laps 11 1'15.851 7 Masami Kageyama Reynard96D Mugen YH 23 -22 laps 18 1'16.865 65 Takuya Kurosawa Reynard96D Mugen BS 16 -29 laps 8 1'15.790 2 Katsumi Yamamoto Dome F104i Mugen BS 10 -35 laps 16 1'16.576 1 Toshio Suzuki Lola T96/52 Mugen BS 9 -36 laps 13 1'15.987 6 Hidetoshi Mitsusada Reynard95D Judd YH 7 -38 laps 6 1'16.180 64 Toranosuke Takagi Reynard96D Mugen BS 6 -39 laps 4 1'15.826 15 Masao Yamada Lola T93 Mugen YH 5 -40 laps 26 1'22.758 19 Kazuyoshi Hoshino Lola T96/52 Mugen BS 4 -41 laps 1 1'15.718 17 Taichiro Onishi LolaT94/50 Mugen YH 3 -42 laps 24 1'18.548 25 Ralf Schumacher Reynard96D Mugen BS 2 -43 laps 9 1'15.801 5 Marco Apicella Reynard96D Judd YH 2 -43 laps 10 1'15.823 21 Michael Krumm Reynard95D Mugen BS 0 -45 laps 17 1'16.619 DNS 56 Satoshi Motoyama Reynard94D Mugen BS 2 1'15.791 31 Hideki Okada LolaT95/50 Mugen BS 21 1'17.254 30 Eiichi Tajima LolaT94/50 Mugen BS 22 1'17.366

Fastest Lap: 8 Nakano, 1'34.827 (169.699km/h) on Lap 22

Championship Ranking: Schumacher 40 Hattori 38 Hoshino 31 Takagi 25 Fontana 22 Nakano 20 Kaneishi 19 de la Rosa 13 Kurosawa 10 Motoyama 9 Masami Kageyama 8 Suzuki 7 Gilbert-Scott 5 Masahiko Kageyama 4 Krumm 4 Apicella 3 Yamamoto 1 Kondo 1

The original race was red-flagged at the exit of the first corner on the first lap where a bunch of cars piled up in the soggy conditions. Motoyama from the front row plus a couple of guys from the back weren't able to appear for the take two of the final round.

After an hour of tidying up, 23 cars restarted with no big trouble. It was Hoshino who led away from Takagi, Hattori, Nakano, Masahiko Kageyama and so on. On lap two, Hattori took Takagi at the first corner. A lap later Schumacher spun in the second chicane and stalled the engine. Everyone thought the German's championship was over.

Then on lap five, Hoshino in the lead pulled to the pits without warning. Furious and frustlated, Hoshino yanked the steering wheel and got out of the Calsonic Lola which had a cooked clutch. His retirement assured Hattori of the championship providing he would finish in fourth or better.

Hattori kept the lead for the next dozen of laps before he yielded it to Kaneishi with de la Rosa fast approaching from behind and the gap between Hattori and de la Rosa was less than a second by lap 38.

The next lap saw the Spaniard make a banzai move.

Pedro flicked his Shionogi Lola to the inside of Hattori's X Japan Reynard and dive into the narrow first chicane. The pass was complete at the expense of Hattori who missed a braking point, his race and the title with only six laps to go.

So, the crown was handed to the spectating Schumacher by his teammate. The first thing Ralf did as a new Formula Nippon champion was to jump on the cell phone for a celebration back home in Germnay.

The race itself belonged to Kaneishi who drove a super race. De la Rosa punched the air when he crossed the line in second. Kageyama also was delirious for his podium finish.

By the time the winner's ceremony was over, the dusk was pretty much set and the Japanese F3 which had been scheduled for the final race of the day was cancelled. There is no rescheduled date fixed yet.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , 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 , Yukihiro Hane , Kaneishi Katsutomo , Norberto Fontana