Lotterer, Nakajima top Super Formula test at Suzuka

Andre Lotterer and Daisuke Nakajima finished on top of the timesheets in the two-day Super Formula pre-season test at Suzuka.

On a wet Monday, Lotterer's time of 1m58.761s set in the morning session was enough to keep the TOM'S driver on top.

The German was followed by ex-F1 star Kamui Kobayashi, a further 1.456s away, with last year's champion Hiroaki Ishiura completing the top three.

With the afternoon session cancelled due to heavy downpour, teams and drivers would get their first representative runs on Tuesday, when Daisuke Nakajima's Honda-powered car was fastest from Kobayashi and Ishiura.

Lotterer was fourth on Tuesday, while British driver James Rossiter finished fourth and sixth in the two days respectively.

McLaren's reserve Stoffel Vandoorne survived a spin on Monday to finish 17th, improving to 10th on Tuesday with a best timed lap of 1m37.232s.

Former Williams F1 driver Kazuki Nakajima ended up seventh and 12th in the two days, with India's Narain Karthikeyan 11th and 19th - the latter not setting a time on Tuesday's afternoon session.

Honda protege and McLaren development driver Nobuharu Matsushita also appeared in a Honda test car preparing for his GP2 title assault with ART Grand Prix.

Monday saw a major crash involving Koudai Tsukakoshi and Takashi Kogure, both reportedly escaping unharmed, but with Tsukakoshi unable to take part on Tuesday.

Full day 1 results:

Po.DriverTeam / EngineTimeGap
1  Andre Lotterer VANTELIN TEAM TOM’S
TOYOTA RI4A
1'58.761 -
2  Kamui Kobayashi SUNOCO Team LeMans
TOYOTA RI4A
2'00.226 1.465
3  Hiroaki Ishiura P.MU / CERUMO · INGING
TOYOTA RI4A
2'00.264 1.503
4  James Rossiter KONDO RACING
TOYOTA RI4A
2'00.264 1.503
5  Bertrand Baguette NAKAJIMA RACING
HONDA HR-414E
2'00.472 1.711
6  William Buller KONDO RACING
TOYOTA RI4A
2'00.513 1.752
7  Kazuki Nakajima VANTELIN TEAM TOM’S
TOYOTA RI4A
2'00.727 1.966
8  Daisuke Nakajima NAKAJIMA RACING
HONDA HR-414E
2'01.110 2.349
9  Koudai Tsukakoshi REAL RACING
HONDA HR-414E
2'01.317 2.556
10  Yuichi Nakayama KCMG
TOYOTA RI4A
2'01.985 3.224
11  Narain Karthikeyan SUNOCO Team LeMans
TOYOTA RI4A
2'01.998 3.237
12  Yuhi Sekiguchi ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL
TOYOTA RI4A
2'03.093 4.332
13  Joao Paulo de Oliveira ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL
TOYOTA RI4A
2'03.165 4.404
14  Yuji Kunimoto P.MU / CERUMO · INGING
TOYOTA RI4A
2'03.238 4.477
15  Takuya Izawa REAL RACING
HONDA HR-414E
2'03.314 4.553
16  Takashi Kogure DRAGO CORSE
HONDA HR-414E
2'03.675 4.914
17  Stoffel Vandoorne DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING
HONDA HR-414E
2'03.848 5.087
18  Tomoki Nojiri DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING
HONDA HR-414E
2'03.910 5.149
19  Naoki Yamamoto TEAM MUGEN
HONDA HR-414E
2'04.967 6.206
20  Nobuharu Matsushita Honda Test Car
HONDA HR-414E
8'47.935 6'49.174

Full day two results:

Po.DriverTeam / EngineTime (AM)Time (PM)
1  Daisuke Nakajima NAKAJIMA RACING
HONDA HR-414E
1'37.569 1'36.706
2  Kamui Kobayashi SUNOCO Team LeMans
TOYOTA RI4A
1'37.567 1'36.728
3  Hiroaki Ishiura P.MU / CERUMO · INGING
TOYOTA RI4A
1'37.894 1'36.771
4  Andre Lotterer VANTELIN TEAM TOM’S
TOYOTA RI4A
1'37.360 1'36.773
5  Tomoki Nojiri DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING
HONDA HR-414E
1'37.788 1'36.942
6  James Rossiter KONDO RACING
TOYOTA RI4A
1'38.067 1'37.011
7  Joao Paulo de Oliveira ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL
TOYOTA RI4A
1'38.187 1'37.015
8  Yuji Kunimoto P.MU / CERUMO · INGING
TOYOTA RI4A
1'37.664 1'37.106
9  Takashi Kogure DRAGO CORSE
HONDA HR-414E
1'38.281 1'37.262
10  Stoffel Vandoorne DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING
HONDA HR-414E
1'37.708 1'37.322
11  Yuichi Nakayama KCMG
TOYOTA RI4A
1'38.969 1'37.413
12  Kazuki Nakajima VANTELIN TEAM TOM’S
TOYOTA RI4A
1'37.671 1'37.446
13  Yuhi Sekiguchi ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL
TOYOTA RI4A
1'37.786 1'37.490
14  Takuya Izawa REAL RACING
HONDA HR-414E
1'37.655 1'37.784
15  Nobuharu Matsushita Honda Test Car
HONDA HR-414E
1'38.776 1'37.862
16  Bertrand Baguette NAKAJIMA RACING
HONDA HR-414E
1'38.370 1'37.959
17  Naoki Yamamoto TEAM MUGEN
HONDA HR-414E
1'40.822 1'38.259
18  William Buller KONDO RACING
TOYOTA RI4A
1'38.295 1'38.623
19  Narain Karthikeyan SUNOCO Team LeMans
TOYOTA RI4A
1'39.219 no time

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Series Super Formula
Drivers Andre Lotterer , Narain Karthikeyan , James Rossiter , Kamui Kobayashi , Bertrand Baguette , Kazuki Nakajima , J.P.L. De Oliveira , Hiroaki Ishiura , William Buller , Daisuke Nakajima , Stoffel Vandoorne
Article type Testing report