Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa sets pace in practice

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Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa sets pace in practice
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Impul Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa set the pace across Saturday's practice sessions for this weekend's Motegi Super Formula season opener.

Hirakawa recorded his best laptime of 1m32.483s in the faster morning session, easily beating the benchmark established by teammate Yuhi Sekiguchi in Friday's pre-event test.

That was enough to end both the one-hour session and the day fastest by 0.119s ahead of Kondo Racing driver Kenta Yamashita.

The second session was topped by Nakajima Racing rookie Toshiki Oyu, whose time of 1m32.703s left him third overall and best of the Honda runners, 0.220s off the pace.

Naoki Yamamoto was second in the afternoon and fourth in the combined timesheets for Dandelion Racing, falling just 0.050s shy of Oyu at the very end of the session.


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Kazuki Nakajima was third-fastest for TOM'S in the morning, 0.295s off the pace, and led the afternoon session before being demoted to fourth amid a flurry of improvements.

The Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship driver concluded the day fifth-fastest, ahead of Inging man Hiroaki Ishiura and Tadasuke Makino (Nakajima), who was third in the afternoon.

Another Toyota LMP1 racer, Kamui Kobayashi, was eighth for KCMG, while Nirei Fukuzumi (Dandelion) and Sho Tsuboi (Inging) rounded out the combined top 10 order.

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Sacha Fenestraz (Kondo) ended the day 11th overall and best of the non-Japanese contingent ahead of Friday's pace-setter Sekiguchi.

Next up was Ukyo Sasahara, replacing Red Bull junior Juri Vips at Mugen, ending up one place ahead of teammate Tomoki Nojiri in only his second day driving the SF19.

Defending champion Nick Cassidy (TOM'S) ended the day a low-key 15th courtesy of his best time in the morning, while Tatiana Calderon (Drago Corse) was 1.6s off the pace in 19th.

FP1 results:

Cla # Driver Team Time Gap
1 20 Japan Ryo Hirakawa ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL 1'32.483  
2 3 Japan Kenta Yamashita Kondo Racing 1'32.602 0.119
3 36 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Vantelin Team TOM'S 1'32.778 0.295
4 38 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura JMS P.mu/cerumo-INGING 1'32.792 0.309
5 7 Japan Kamui Kobayashi carrozzeria Team KCMG 1'32.814 0.331
6 39 Japan Sho Tsuboi JMS P.mu/cerumo-INGING 1'32.898 0.415
7 5 Japan Naoki Yamamoto DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing 1'32.973 0.490
8 65 Japan Toshiki Oyu TCS Nakajima Racing 1'32.977 0.494
9 4 France Sacha Fenestraz Kondo Racing 1'32.997 0.514
10 19 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL 1'33.002 0.519

FP2 results:

Cla # Driver Team Time Gap
1 65 Japan Toshiki Oyu TCS Nakajima Racing 1'32.703  
2 5 Japan Naoki Yamamoto DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing 1'32.753 0.050
3 64 Japan Tadasuke Makino TCS Nakajima Racing 1'32.813 0.110
4 36 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Vantelin Team TOM'S 1'32.854 0.151
5 20 Japan Ryo Hirakawa ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL 1'32.871 0.168
6 6 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing 1'32.876 0.173
7 39 Japan Sho Tsuboi JMS P.mu/cerumo-INGING 1'33.034 0.331
8 19 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL 1'33.175 0.472
9 38 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura JMS P.mu/cerumo-INGING 1'33.213 0.510
10 4 France Sacha Fenestraz Kondo Racing 1'33.221 0.518
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Series Super Formula
Event Motegi
Drivers Ryo Hirakawa
Teams Impul
Author Jamie Klein