Super Formula: Yuhi Sekiguchi wins the shortened race at rainy Okayama
Yuhi Sekiguchi (Team Impul) wins the Super Formula race at Okayama International Circuit, the fifth race of the 2018 Japanese Super Formula Championship season. It’s the first win of the season and the fourth SF victory in a career for the driver of the #19 Dallara-Toyota.
The heavy rain affected Okayama’s Super Formula round, causing a delayed start of the race, then red flag after eight laps behind Safety car and finally, the race was shortened to 34 laps. Only the half of the points would be awarded.
Yuhi Sekiguchi shared a podium with Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG Toyota) and Ryo Hirakawa (Team Impul). Kobayashi stole the lead at the start of the race but he lost in the closing laps after one mistake. The other point-scorers are Tomoki Nojiri, Nick Cassidy, Kenta Yamashita, Hiroaki Ishiura and Yuji Kunimoto.
After five races, Nick Cassidy stayed in the championship lead. He had 29 points, four more than Hiroaki Ishiura. The third-placed Naoki Yamamoto has 24 points. Yuhi Sekiguchi and Ryo Hirakawa, each with 17 points, are rounding the top 5.
The season’s finale is scheduled for October 27 at Suzuka Circuit. Mathematically, the top 5 drivers can reach the title.
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