Sugo Super Formula: Sekiguchi beats Nakajima to pole by 0.018s

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Sugo Super Formula: Sekiguchi beats Nakajima to pole by 0.018s
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Team Impul’s Yuhi Sekiguchi narrowly beat Kazuki Nakajima to pole position for the Sugo round of Super Formula on Saturday.

Andre Lotterer, Team Tom's
Kamui Kobayashi, Team LeMans, Naoki Yamamoto, Team Mugen
Naoki Yamamoto, Team Mugen and Kamui Kobayashi, Team LeMans
Takashi Kogure, Drago Corse
Yuji Kunimoto, Cerumo Inging
Joao Paulo de Oliveira, Team Impul
Naoki Yamamoto, Team Mugen
Stoffel Vandoorne, Dandelion Racing
Kamui Kobayashi, Team LeMans and Naoki Yamamoto, Team Mugen
James Rossiter, Kondo Racing
Naoki Yamamoto, Team Mugen

During Q3, McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne was the first driver to dip into the 1m05s, setting a time of 1m05.598s.

The Belgian's Dandelion teammate Tomoki Nojiri went marginally quicker, lapping the circuit in 1m05.506s, before Sekiguchi stamped his authority with a 1m05.398s.

Thereafter, Toyota's WEC driver Nakajima made a late attempt to steal pole, ultimately falling short by just 0.018s.

Nojiri eventually qualified in third place, ahead of Daisuke Nakajima. The duo were separated by mere 0.038s.

Vandoorne shuffled down to fifth place as others improved with Joao Paulo de Oliveira ending sixth, while Yuichi Nakayama and James Rossiter completed the top eight in Q3.

Championship leader Yuji Kunimoto had a tough qualifying, after he was eliminated in Q1 itself and will start Sunday's race from 17th.

Naoki Yamamoto and Toyota's WEC driver Kamui Kobayashi were the other two casualties in the first leg of qualifying.

Yamamoto collided with Kobayashi in the pitlane which damaged the former's front wing, delaying his final run. Kobayashi ended 14th, while Yamamoto was 19th.

Meanwhile, Audi WEC's driver Andre Lotterer, 2015 champion Hiroaki Ishiura and former Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan failed to make the cut into Q3, ending ninth, 10th and 14th respectively.

Qualifying Results:

PosDriverTeamQ1Q2Q3
1  Yuhi Sekiguchi TEAM IMPUL 1'05.586 1'05.617 1'05.398
2  Kazuki Nakajima TOM’S 1'06.086 1'05.546 1'05.416
3  Tomoki Nojiri DANDELION 1'06.178 1'05.836 1'05.506
4  Daisuke Nakajima NAKAJIMA RACING  1'06.120 1'05.858 1'05.544
5  Stoffel Vandoorne DANDELION 1'05.739 1'05.896 1'05.598
6  J.P.de Oliveira TEAM IMPUL  1'06.122 1'05.692 1'05.629
7  Yuichi Nakayama KCMG  1'06.051 1'05.765 1'06.208
8  James Rossiter KONDO 1'06.242 1'05.972 1'06.361
9  Andre Lotterer TOM’S 1'06.277 1'05.982  
10  Hiroaki Ishiura INGING  1'06.309 1'05.997
11  Bertrand Baguette NAKAJIMA RACING  1'06.215 1'06.027
12  Koudai Tsukakoshi REAL RACING 1'06.344 1'06.057
13  Takashi Kogure DRAGO CORSE  1'05.963 1'06.196
14  Narain Karthikeyan TEAM LEMANS  1'06.269 1'06.232
15  Kamui Kobayashi TEAM LEMANS 1'06.361  
16  William Buller KONDO 1'06.403
17  Yuji Kunimoto INGING 1'06.411
18  Takuya Izawa REAL RACING 1'06.617
19  Naoki Yamamoto TEAM MUGEN 1'06.754
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Series Super Formula
Event Sugo
Location Sportsland SUGO
Author Rachit Thukral