Sugo Super Formula: Cassidy wins, Sette Camara crashes

Jamie Klein
·3 mins read

B-Max Racing driver Sette Camara lost the lead at the start to Ryo Hirakawa, who proceeded to build a small cushion out front as Sette Camara kept his pursuers Naoki Yamamoto and Cassidy at bay in the early stages.

That changed on lap 18 of 53, as Yamamoto passed the Brazilian driver heading into Turn 1, and later on the same lap TOM'S man Cassidy forced his way by at Horseback corner.

Sette Camara pitted at the end of that lap, but after a slow stop dropped him out of realistic podium contention he crashed on his out lap at Turn 4.

That brought out the safety car, prompting the leaders to all pit at the same time, and when action resumed on lap 28 Hirakawa led from Yamamoto and Cassidy.

But Cassidy was quickly on the move, dispatching Dandelion Racing rival Yamamoto at Turn 1 on the following lap, and on lap 31 the Kiwi repeated the move on his SUPER GT teammate Hirakawa to take a lead he would hold to the chequered flag.

It marks Cassidy's third career win and his first since last year's Suzuka opener.

Team Impul man Hirakawa still extended his championship lead with a comfortable to run to second, while Yamamoto claimed a first podium of the season in third place.

Ryo Hirakawa, Team Impul

Ryo Hirakawa, Team Impul<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
Ryo Hirakawa, Team ImpulMasahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio

Tomoki Nojiri (Mugen) was a distant fourth ahead of Yuji Kunimoto (KCMG), who was one of several drivers to gain ground by pitting under the safety car.

Kenta Yamashita (Kondo Racing), Tadasuke Makino (Nakajima Racing), Hiroaki Ishiura (Inging) and Kazuya Oshima (Inging) filled out places six through nine, having all likewise benefitted from making their mandatory stop during the caution period.

Nirei Fukuzumi (Dandelion) claimed the final point in 10th, the best of the drivers to have stopped early before the safety car, after passing Yuhi Sekiguchi (Impul).

Okayama winner Sho Tsuboi (Inging) endured a low-key run to 13th, having also pitted before the mid-race caution, one place ahead of Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG).

Kazuki Nakajima (TOM'S) was 15th after making contact with a slow-starting Sacha Fenestraz (Kondo) at Turn 1, which put Fenestraz out of the race. Nakajima had to pit for a fresh front wing and was later handed a drive-through penalty.

Mugen's Ukyo Sasahara retired from what is set to be his final outing replacing Red Bull junior Juri Vips due to mechanical trouble, having been delayed in the Turn 1 melee.

Race results:

1

1

New Zealand
New Zealand

Nick Cassidy

Vantelin Team TOM'S

53

2

20

Japan
Japan

Ryo Hirakawa

ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL

53

3.974

3

5

Japan
Japan

Naoki Yamamoto

DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing

53

11.895

4

16

Japan
Japan

Tomoki Nojiri

Team Mugen

53

20.759

5

18

Japan
Japan

Yuji Kunimoto

carrozzeria Team KCMG

53

24.172

6

3

Japan
Japan

Kenta Yamashita

Kondo Racing

53

25.520

7

64

Japan
Japan

Tadasuke Makino

TCS Nakajima Racing

53

26.173

8

38

Japan
Japan

Hiroaki Ishiura

JMS P.mu/cerumo-INGING

53

34.571

9

14

Japan
Japan

Kazuya Oshima

ROOKIE Racing

53

39.143

10

6

Japan
Japan

Nirei Fukuzumi

DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing

53

39.798

11

19

Japan
Japan

Yuhi Sekiguchi

ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL

53

45.232

12

65

Japan
Japan

Toshiki Oyu

TCS Nakajima Racing

53

45.296

13

39

Japan
Japan

Sho Tsuboi

JMS P.mu/cerumo-INGING

53

48.359

14

7

Japan
Japan

Kamui Kobayashi

carrozzeria Team KCMG

53

51.819

15

36

Japan
Japan

Kazuki Nakajima

Vantelin Team TOM'S

52

1 Lap

16

12

Japan
Japan

Koudai Tsukakoshi

ThreeBond Drago CORSE

41

12 Laps

17

15

Japan
Japan

Ukyo Sasahara

Team Mugen

34

19 Laps

18

50

Brazil
Brazil

Sergio Sette Camara

Buzz Racing with B-Max

18

35 Laps

19

4

France
France

Sacha Fenestraz

Kondo Racing

1

52 Laps

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