Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa leads Palou in practice
Impul’s Ryo Hirakawa topped the first practice for the Motegi round of Super Formula series, ahead of Fuji race winner Alex Palou.
Palou (Nakajima Racing) managed to successfully return on track towards the end of practice after getting beached in the gravel at the 20-minute mark.
The Spaniard’s off-track excursion necessitated a red flag that lasted nearly 15 minutes, and forced race control to extend the session by five minutes.
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When the red flag was deployed, Kazuki Nakajima held the top spot for TOM’S with a time of 1m33.467s.
That lap remained unbeaten until the final quarter of the session, when Red Bull junior Patricio O’Ward climbed to the top with his 1m33.338s flyer.
Hirakawa deposed him during the five-minute extension to end quickest in practice, while a flurry of quick times from others left O’Ward seventh.
|1|| Ryo Hirakawa ||Team Impul||1'31.925|
|2|| Alex Palou ||TCS Nakajima Racing||1'32.301||0.376|
|3|| Kenta Yamashita ||Kondo Racing||1'32.315||0.390|
|4|| Yuhi Sekiguchi ||Team Impul||1'32.449||0.524|
|5|| Tadasuke Makino ||TCS Nakajima Racing||1'32.710||0.785|
|6|| Sho Tsuboi ||JMS P.mu/cerumo-INGING||1'32.961||1.036|
|7|| Patricio O'Ward ||Team Mugen||1'33.338||1.413|
|8|| Kazuki Nakajima ||Vantelin Team TOM'S||1'33.445||1.520|
|9|| Artem Markelov ||UOMO Sunoco Team LeMans||1'33.446||1.521|
|10|| Tomoki Nojiri ||Team Mugen||1'33.503||1.578|
|11|| Koudai Tsukakoshi ||Real Racing||1'33.783||1.858|
|12|| Kazuya Oshima ||UOMO Sunoco Team LeMans||1'33.90||1.975|
|13|| Lucas Auer ||B-MAX with Motopark||1'33.941||2.016|
|14|| Harrison Newey ||B-MAX with Motopark||1'33.943||2.018|
|15|| Nirei Fukuzumi ||DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing||1'34.042||2.117|
|16|| Hiroaki Ishiura ||JMS P.mu/cerumo-INGING||1'34.354||2.429|
|17|| Naoki Yamamoto ||DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing||1'34.559||2.634|
|18|| Nick Cassidy ||Vantelin Team TOM'S||1'34.577||2.652|
|19|| Yuji Kunimoto ||Kondo Racing||1'34.790||2.865|
|20|| Kamui Kobayashi ||carrozzeria Team KCMG||1'35.134||3.209|
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