Fukuzumi fastest as Super Formula testing concludes

Honda driver Nirei Fukuzumi set the pace at Fuji Speedway for Dandelion Racing on Wednesday as Super Formula pre-season testing came to an end.

Fukuzumi fastest as Super Formula testing concludes
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Ex-Formula 2 driver Fukuzumi posted his quickest time of the day during the two-hour morning session of 1m21.687s to go 0.422s clear of nearest rival Toshiki Oyu for Nakajima Racing.

However, Oyu's best time from Tuesday's opening day of running, a 1m21.371s, stood as the fastest of the test overall.

Fukuzumi and Oyu's morning times put them at the top of the standings for the day, as Ryo Hirakawa (Impul Toyota) topped the afternoon session on a 1m22.148s to slot into third overall.

Ritomo Miyata (TOM'S) was fourth-fastest and top rookie, leading the afternoon session until Hirakawa set a late improvement with just six minutes left on the clock.

Tomoki Nojiri completed the top five for Honda squad Mugen after setting the third-fastest time for the morning session.

Next up were three afternoon improvers, with Kazuki Nakajima sixth for TOM'S ahead of Sho Tsuboi (Inging) and Naoki Yamamoto, who remained some way off the pace of his Nakajima Racing teammate Oyu in eighth.

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Kazuko Kotaka, replacing the absent Kamui Kobayashi at KCMG, was ninth overall ahead of Dandelion super-sub Ukyo Sasahara, both drivers setting their best efforts in the morning.

After causing two red flags yesterday, Yuhi Sekiguchi (Impul) was the cause of another interruption during the morning session with a little over 10 minutes left on the clock, coasting to a halt at the pitlane entry after his kill-switch was inadvertently activated.

That brought the morning session to an early end, and the afternoon session was extended by 10 minutes as a result, with Sekiguchi ending up 11th-fastest.

Tatiana Calderon (Drago Corse) stopped on track earlier in the morning, causing the first red flag of the day, the cause of which was traced to a loose seal that led to a transmission leak.

The Colombian racer propped up the timesheets in 18th place, a little under two seconds off the pace.

Fuji testing times:

Pos. Driver Team/Engine Morning Afternoon
1 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Dandelion/Honda 1m21.687s 1m22.795s
2 Japan Toshiki Oyu Nakajima/Honda 1m22.109s 1m22.916s
3 Japan Ryo Hirakawa Impul/Toyota 1m22.254s 1m22.148s
4 Japan Ritomo Miyata TOM'S/Toyota 1m23.233s 1m22.164s
5 Japan Tomoki Nojiri Mugen/Honda 1m22.205s 1m22.578s
6 Japan Kazuki Nakajima TOM'S/Toyota 1m22.918s 1m22.269s
7 Japan Sho Tsuboi Inging/Toyota 1m22.390s 1m22.333s
8 Japan Naoki Yamamoto Nakajima/Honda 1m22.686s 1m22.390s
9 Japan Kazuto Kotaka KCMG/Toyota 1m22.437s 1m22.893s
10 Japan Ukyo Sasahara Dandelion/Honda 1m22.457s 1m22.913s
11 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Impul/Toyota 1m22.489s 1m22.509s
12 Japan Kenta Yamashita Kondo/Toyota 1m23.045s 1m22.585s
13 Japan Hiroki Otsu Mugen/Honda 1m22.731s 1m22.893s
14 Japan Sena Sakaguchi Inging/Toyota 1m23.028s 1m22.786s
15 Japan Kazuya Oshima Rookie Racing/Toyota 1m22.946s 1m22.808s
16 Japan Yuichi Nakayama Kondo/Toyota 1m22.820s 1m23.327s
17 Japan Yuji Kunimoto KCMG/Toyota 1m23.550s 1m23.020s
18 Colombia Tatiana Calderon Drago Corse/Honda 1m23.609s 1m23.737s

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