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Autopolis Super Formula: Nojiri beats Kunimoto to pole

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Autopolis Super Formula: Nojiri beats Kunimoto to pole
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Sep 9, 2017, 6:24 AM

Dandelion Racing’s Tomoki Nojiri took the pole position for the Autopolis round of Super Formula, edging out defending champion Yuji Kunimoto in qualifying.

Polesitter Tomoki Nojiri, Dandelion Racing
Tomoki Nojiri, Dandelion Racing
Pierre Gasly, Team Mugen
Hiroaki Ishiura, Cerumo Inging
Koudai Tsukakoshi, Real Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Team LeMans
Andre Lotterer, Team Tom's
Tomoki Nojiri, Dandelion Racing
Naoki Yamamoto, Team Mugen

Using a set of newly-introduced soft compound, Nojiri lapped the returning Autopolis circuit in 1m26.196s to secure his first pole in Super Formula since last year’s Okayama round.

Kunimoto qualified two tenths behind Nojiri in second, but marginally ahead of former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi, who claimed the third spot on the grid.

WEC star Andre Lotterer, setting the pace in the Saturday morning practice, was next up in fourth with a time of 1m26.637s, while Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly qualified fifth in his Mugen-Honda.

TOM’s driver Kazuki Nakajima was another tenth adrift in sixth, ahead of Naoki Yamamoto and championship leader Hiroaki Ishiura.

Kondo Racing’s Kenta Yamashita qualified ninth after a late flyer, while former European F3 champion Felix Rosenqvist completed the top 10.

Meanwhile, Koudai Tsukakoshi crashed in the final minute of the Q1, bringing out the red flag. The organisers granted three extra minutes after the session resumed, allowing Rosenqvist to make a lucky escape from the elimination zone. 

Results:

Po.DriverCar Name / EngineQ1Q2Q3
1  Tomoki Nojiri Dandelion-Honda 1'27.980 1'26.852 R1'26.196
2  Kunimoto Inging-Toyota 1'27.968 1'26.924 R1'26.387
3  Kamui Kobayashi KCMG-Toyota  1'28.366 R1'26.317 R1'26.414
4  Andre Lotterer TOM'S-Toyota 1'28.727 1'27.119 1'26.637
5  Pierre Gasly Mugen-Honda 1'28.648 1'27.003 1'26.738
6  Kazuki Nakajima TOM'S-Toyota 1'28.359 1'27.172 1'26.810
7  Naoki Yamamoto Mugen-Honda 1'28.698 1'27.265 1'27.178
8  Hiroaki Ishiura Inging-Toyota 1'28.998 1'27.179 1'27.200
9  Kenta Yamashita Kondo-Toyota 1'28.818 1'27.324
10  Felix Rosenqvist Team LeMans-Toyota 1'28.649 1'27.400
11  Yuhi Sekiguchi Impul-Toyota 1'28.638 1'27.540
12  Takuya Izawa Dandelion-Honda 1'28.847 1'27.637
13  Narain Karthikeyan Nakajima-Honda 1'29.061 1'27.677
14  Jann Mardenborough Impul-Toyota 1'28.012 1'27.837
15  Kazuya Oshima Team LeMans-Toyota 1'29.078
16  Nick Cassidy Kondo-Toyota 1'29.164
17  Daisuke Nakajima Nakajima-Honda 1'29.227
18  Takashi Kogure B-Max Racing-Honda 1'29.306
19  Koudai Tsukakoshi Real-Honda 1'29.870
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Series Super Formula
Event Autopolis
Location Autopolis
Author Rachit Thukral