Super Formula: Second win in a row for Naoki Yamamoto

  • Super Formula Sugo podium

Team Mugen’s Naoki Yamamoto scored his second win this season in the Japanese Super Formula Championship at Sportsland Sugo. It’s his second win in a row after the season-opening triumph at Suzuka and a cancellation of the race at Autopolis. For the 29-year-old driver of the #16 Honda and 2013 Super Formula champion, it’s the fifth career’s victory in the Japanese premier open-wheel competitions.

Yamamoto shared a podium with Nick Cassidy (Kondo Racing #3 Toyota) and Kazuki Nakajima (Vantelin Team Tom’s #36 Toyota).

Naoki Yamamoto's #16 Honda

Naoki Yamamoto’s #16 Honda

The Frenchman Tom Dillmann finished in the fourth place in the #7 Team LeMans Toyota. The former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi was in the lead for most of the race in the #18 KCMG Toyota and he was close to his maiden Super Formula victory but a slow reaction of his mechanics during a pit stop dropped him to fifth. He then lost one position to Narain Karthikeyan and finished sixth.

The pole-sitter Tomoki Nojiri finished the race in the seventh place. The last point scorer in the eighth place was Kenta Yamashita.

Naoki Yamamoto, Super Formula, Sugo

Naoki Yamamoto celebrates his fifth Super Formula win in a career

Check the full results of the Super Formula race at Sugo

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