Gasly denied Super Formula title shot as finale cancelled

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Hiroaki Ishiura has been declared the 2017 Super Formula champion after the final round of the season at Suzuka was cancelled due to a typhoon that is set to hit the track on Sunday.

Heavy showers had already affected the schedule for the weekend with Friday practice delayed and qualifying called to a halt after Q1.

And with conditions expected to worsen further ahead of Sunday, series organisers JRP announced that both Sunday races will be cancelled and will not be run at a later date.

As such, the championship standings from the previous round in Sugo are now the final standings, with the exception of additional points for pole being awarded to Andre Lotterer and Jann Mardenborough.

It means Inging driver Ishiura claims his second Super Formula title in three years.

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly, who had skipped the clashing Austin F1 race to be present in Suzuka, misses out on the title by just half a point, while fellow rookie Felix Rosenqvist is classified third.

Meanwhile, Inging claimed the teams' championship, beating Gasly's Mugen squad by four points.

Final championship standings:

Pos.DriverTeam/EnginePoints
1  Hiroaki Ishiura Inging/Toyota 33.5
2  Pierre Gasly Mugen/Honda 33
3  Felix Rosenqvist LeMans/Toyota 28.5
4  Yuhi Sekiguchi Impul/Toyota 25
5  Kazuki Nakajima TOM'S/Toyota 22
6  Andre Lotterer TOM'S/Toyota 21
7  Kamui Kobayashi KCMG/Toyota 16.5
8  Yuji Kunimoto Inging/Toyota 16
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Series Super Formula
Event Suzuka II
Track Suzuka
Drivers Hiroaki Ishiura
Teams Inging Motorsport
Article type Breaking news