FNIPPON: Podium finish for Krumm at Suzuka

Michael qualified his Team 5Zigen Reynard in second position, with a time of 59.094 seconds, around the short circuit at Suzuka. Michael held second position for the first segment of the race prior to the first of two safety car periods. Hattori...

Michael qualified his Team 5Zigen Reynard in second position, with a time of 59.094 seconds, around the short circuit at Suzuka.

Michael held second position for the first segment of the race prior to the first of two safety car periods. Hattori used all his Champcar experience to dive into the pits as soon as the safety car was deployed to make his mandatory pitstop. The leaders remained behind the safety car for three laps and pitted once the race was re started, as the regulations do not allow you to pit during a caution period.

Team 5Zigen experienced a problem with Michael's right rear tyre and lost some time, rejoining the race in fourth position behind, Hattori, Takagi and Noda.

Another safety car period interrupted the race after only five laps, after another accident. At the re start the leading four drivers pulled away initially from the pursuing Matsuda. Takagi and Noda passed Michael's team Mate, Hattori, on the main straight after several laps.

Michael then also passed his team mate having been challenging him for ten laps, while also defending his position from the challenge of Matsuda. Michael then caught and attacked the second position car of Noda. Ultimately taking third position only two tenths of a second behind Noda. " I would like to have been able to get past Noda, for second place and with a few more laps I am sure we could have. Tora was driving in another race today, his F1 experience is making him very strong and he is driving very well. We have to be realistic and work on consolidating our second position in the championship, Tora is going to be very difficult to beat this year. My aim is to win at least a race or two this season and see what happens" Michael commented from Suzuka.

<pre> Qualifying

Formula Nippon Round Five Suzuka Short Circuit : Dry / Hot / Sunny

P N DRIVER TEAM BEST 1st 2nd CAR 1 0 TORA TAKAGI PIAA NAKAJIMA 55.949 *55.949 56.259 REYNARD 2KL/MUGEN 2 6 MICHAEL KRUMM 5ZIGEN 56.094 *56.094 56.447 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 3 2 MATSUDA PIAA NAKAJIMA 56.274 *56.274 56.482 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 4 7 HIDEKI NODA LeMans 56.347 *56.347 56.788 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 5 62 SHINSUKE SHIBAHARA LEYJUN 56.409 *56.409 56.963 REYNARD 2KL/MUGEN 6 5 NAOKI HATTORI 5ZIGEN 56.438 *56.438 56.606 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 7 68 RYO MICHIGAMI DoCoMo DANDELION 56.527 *56.527 56.718 REYNARD 2KL/MUGEN 8 19 SATOSHI MOTOYAMA IMPUL 56.577 *56.577 56.881 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 9 55 KATSUTOMO KANEISHI ARTA 56.604 *56.604 57.262 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 10 11 YUJI TACHIKAWA COSMO OIL CERUMO 56.606 *56.606 56.773 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 11 56 JUICHI WAKISAKA ARTA 56.695 56.766 *56.695 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 12 14 SHIGEKAZU WAKISAKA MOONCRAFT 56.736 *56.736 59.976 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 13 10 KOJI YAMANISHI Morinaga NOVA 56.874 *56.874 57.269 G FORCE GF03B/MUGEN 14 9 RALPH FIRMAN Morinaga NOVA 56.882 57.557 *56.882 G FORCE GF03B/MUGEN 15 8 YUDAI IGARASHI LeMans 57.060 *57.060 57.177 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 16 12 JAROSLAW WIERCZUK COSMO OIL CERUMO 57.201 57.212 *57.201 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 17 3 MASAHIKO KONDO Olympic KONDO 57.541 *57.541 57.605 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 18 21 ALEX YOONG TEAM MALAYSIA 57.628 57.723 *57.628 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 19 36 TETSUJI TAMANAKA TAKAGI B-1 58.168 *58.168 59.066 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN 20 63 OSAMU LEYJUN 58.985 *58.985 59.348 REYNARD 99L/MUGEN

Results

Formula Nippon Round Five Suzuka Short Circuit : Dry / Hot / Sunny

Pos. No. DRIVER TEAM LAP TOTAL BEST 1 0 TORANOSUKE TAKAGI PIAA NAKAJIMA 72 1:22'17.358 58.396 2 7 HIDEKI NODA LeMans 72 1:22'25.276 58.686 3 6 MICHAEL KRUMM 5ZIGEN 72 1:22'25.523 58.731 4 5 NAOKI HATTORI 5ZIGEN 72 1:22'27.318 58.579 5 2 TSUGIO MATSUDA PIAA NAKAJIMA 72 1:22'28.780 58.794 6 19 SATOSHI MOTOYAMA IMPUL 72 1:22'32.469 59.116 7 9 RALPH FIRMAN Morinaga NOVA 72 1:22'38.426 59.302 8 56 JUICHI WAKISAKA ARTA 72 1:22'42.543 58.830 9 62 SHINSUKE SHIBAHARA LEYJUN 72 1:22'58.578 59.441 10 68 RYO MICHIGAMI DoCoMoDANDELION 72 1:22'59.979 59.059 11 21 ALEX YOONG TEAM MALAYSIA 72 1:23'00.535 59.614 12 8 YUDAI IGARASHI LeMans 72 1:23'07.438 59.373 13 3 MASAHIKO KONDO Olympic KONDO 72 1:23'11.585 59.511 14 *10 KOJI YAMANISHI Morinaga NOVA 71 1:22'26.410 59.224 15 36 TETSUJI TAMANAKA TAKAGI B-1 69 1:22'41.444 59.701 (ABOVE FINISHED) - 55 KATSUTOMO KANEISHI ARTA 46 56'55.571 59.078 - 12 JAROSLAW WIERCZUK COSMOOIL CERUMO 40 50'51.292 59.817 - 63 OSAMU LEYJUN 14 19'34.980 1'02.273 - 11 YUJI TACHIKAWA COSMO OILCERUMO 0 ------- ----- - 14 SHIGEKAZU WAKISAKA MOONCRAFT 0 ------- -----

FASTEST LAP: No.0 TORANOSUKE TAKAGI 0'58.396(28/72) 171.89km/h

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