No points for Karthikeyan

The former Indian Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan competed in the fourth round of the Super Formula Japan championship at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit last weekend.

The Indian started this weekend sitting eighth in the drivers' championship after three rounds in the 2015 season.

The format of Super Formula Japan sees a practice session on Saturday followed by qualifying and another practice on Sunday followed by the main race.

In the two practice sessions, Karthikeyan (Dandelion Racing) finished seventh and 16th which were headed by Joao Paulo de Oliveira (Team Impul) and Andre Lotterer (Petronas Tom's SF14) respectively.

Championship leader Hiraoki Ishiura (P.Mu/Cerumo) clinched pole while Karthikeyan's teammate Tomoki Nojiri ended second and former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi (Team Kygnus Sunoco) third.

Karthikeyan missed on a Q3 spot as he finished 11th in the Q2 session clocking the best time of 1m33.546s.

The 52-lap race around the 4.801 km circuit saw Ishiura winning from pole as another former F1 and current Endurance racer Kazuki Nakajima (Petronas Tom's SF14) finishing second with Oliveira completing the podium.

The Indian driver missed on scoring points finishing ninth after overtaking two other drivers during the course of the race which saw only one retirement.

The fastest lap honours went to Nakajima who clocked a time of 1m34.975s.

Ishiura leads the championship with 32 points while Karthikeyan sits ninth with six points. The next round is slated for September 12th-13th at the Autopolis circuit.

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Drivers Narain Karthikeyan
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