FNIPPON: Krumm round two Motegi recap

Free Practice. In the morning warm up, Michael's race engine developed a problem and he lost the majority of the session, in which he had planned to try a new race set up. Race Team 5Zigen replaced Michaels engine with a test unit and made...

Free Practice.

In the morning warm up, Michael's race engine developed a problem and he lost the majority of the session, in which he had planned to try a new race set up.

Race

Team 5Zigen replaced Michaels engine with a test unit and made preparations for the race. From the start Michael made his normal excellent getaway, but was blocked on the outside of the circuit allowing his team mate Hattori to gain an advantage.

Settling into the rhythm of the race Michael retained his starting position, and was then promoted when the leaders where given a stop and go penalty for jumping the start. Hattori then pitted early and took a gamble to survive later in the race with used tyres.

Michael continued on and after his pit stop returned to the track in fourth position, where he would ultimately finish.

"The race was not very good for me, we lost time this morning, which I needed, and the car was never really how I like it all weekend. Naoki drove a good race and took a strong win, but we have some points and will see how things progress for the rest of the season. " Michael commented. <pre>

Pos. No. DRIVER TEAM LAP TOTAL BEST 1 5 NAOKI HATTORI 5ZIGEN 45 1:15'01.630 1'37.956 2 3 YUJI TACHIKAWA Olympic KONDO 45 1:15'03.070 1'38.028 3 1 TSUGIO MATSUDA PIAA NAKAJIMA 45 1:15'04.922 1'37.978 4 6 MICHAEL KRUMM 5ZIGEN 45 1:15'22.799 1'38.834 5 11 MASAMI KAGEYAMA COSMO OIL CERUMO 45 1:15'34.340 1'38.742 6 4 KATSUTOMO KANEISHI Olympic KONDO 45 1:15'37.763 1'38.917 7 20 NARAIN KARTHIKEYAN excite IMPUL 45 1:15'38.378 1'38.214 8 9 RICHARD LYONS Team Morinaga NOVA 45 1:15'39.598 1'38.316 9 *19 SATOSHI MOTOYAMA excite IMPUL 45 1:15'40.547 1'37.287 10 *55 JUICHI WAKISAKA ARTA 45 1:15'48.511 1'36.692 11 56 TAKESHI TSUCHIYA ARTA 44 1:14'00.395 1'38.373 (ABOVE FINISHED) - 2 RALPH FIRMAN PIAA NAKAJIMA 34 0:57'24.841 1'38.536 - 14 RYO MICHIGAMI MOONCRAFT 26 0:44'17.030 1'39.189 - 69 JAROSLAW WIERCZUK DoCoMo DANDELION 23 0:40'40.430 1'39.571 - 10 ANDRE COUTO Team Morinaga NOVA 17 0:29'30.427 1'40.368 - 7 ALEX YOONG LeMans 14 0:24'07.681 1'39.375 - 8 YUDAI IGARASHI LeMans 5 0:08'38.746 1'40.183 - 68 HIDEKI NODA DoCoMo DANDELION 0 ------- ---- - 37 MASAHIKO KAGEYAMA TAKAGI B-1 0 ------- ---- - 12 SEIJI ARA COSMO OIL CERUMO 0 ------- ---- - 36 TETSUJI TAMANAKA TAKAGI B-1 0 ------- ----

FASTEST LAP: No.55 JUICHI WAKISAKA 1'36.692(44/45) 178.76km/h

-Jules

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