Super Formula - Twin Ring Motegi: Victory and championship lead for Sekiguchi
Yuhi Sekiguchi (Team Impul) is the winner of the fourth round of the Japanese Super Formula Championship at Twin Ring Motegi. The driver of the #20 Toyota was dominant during the 52-lap race, leading from lights to flag. With this victory, first for Sekiguchi in 2016 season, the 28-year-old driver takes the lead in the championship after four rounds, jumping from tenth place to the top of the standings.
Andre Lotterer (Team Tom’s) started fourth on the grid but progressed to the second place during the opening lap. He defended his position, holding off Hiroaki Ishiura on the third place. With points earned at Motegi, Lotterer and Ishiura are now second and third in the championship.
Yuji Kunimoto finished fourth, ahead of James Rossiter. Stoffel Vandoorne in the sixth place was the best Honda driver. Kazuki Nakajima and Naoki Yamamoto completed the top 8 and earned the last points.
Two strong drivers retired early in the race. Tomoki Nojiri, who started from third place and remained in that position during the opening lap, stopped in the pits on Lap 5, after the engine of his #40 Docomo Dandelion Honda expired. Three laps later, Joao Paulo de Oliveira also parked his car in the pits. The Brazilian driver of the #19 Team Impul Toyota was second in the championship standing after his win in the third round at Fuji. At Motegi, he was running 11th before retirement.