Toshiki Oyu finishes 2nd for his first podium…


Though the Touhoku area had entered wet season just a few days in the past, Sportsland SUGO on Saturday noticed the morning solar sometimes shining by way of the clouds and each the ambient and highway floor temperatures had been creeping up whereas the plot of qualifying periods thickened.

Q1 session held within the afternoon was disturbed by a wild Japanese serow got here blundering into the monitor and the session was suspended for a short while. After this mishap, issues went on easily all by way of to Q2 session wherein Tomoki Nojiri (#1 TEAM MUGEN) demonstrated a crushing pace and seized the fourth-straight pole place within the collection. Hiroki Otsu (#6 DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING) got here in third and Toshiki Oyu (#65 TCS NAKAJIMA RACING) fifth on the beginning grid.

The race day on June 19, Sunday, met a passing bathe simply half an hour earlier than the beginning time, nonetheless, the water on the recent tarmac instantly evaporated and the race begun below dry situations. Nojiri ranging from the pole was robbed of the within place by Sacha Fenestraz (KONDO RACING) who made a superb take off from the 2nd grid, and the highest two automobiles switched positions as they popping out of the primary nook. Oyu, quite the opposite, made an excellent departure from the fifth grid, and climbed as much as third behind Nojiri together with his dexterous maneuvers. Second later, a automotive stranded on the monitor facet after a primary nook contact, and Security Automobile was launched until the tip of seventh lap to clear the aftermath. The motion was resumed from the eighth lap, however very quickly, one other accident occurred on the first nook but once more, and Security Automobile was on obligation in succession. For this time, the SC interval exceeded the minimal 10-lap restraint for tire change which offered a forked highway to groups the place that they had to decide on both to return in straight away or keep out.

All high 4 runners, i.e., Fenestraz, Nojiri, Oyu, Otsu determined to cease proper on the finish of tenth lap, however Ritomo Miyata (Kuo VANTELIN TOM’S) and a few others most popular to remain out and stored on going. Throughout this primary pit-in rush, Oyu bought again to the race a fraction sooner than Nojiri and put himself as much as 2nd because of the brisk pit work.

The inexperienced flag was waved on the finish of 14th lap, and the race begun unfolding in a two-way battle: The digital high group that had already modified tires, with Fenestraz, Oyu and Nojiri fiercely combating with one another on the forefront, chased arduous the obvious race chief, Miyata, operating some twenty seconds forward.

Issues weren’t essentially creating tremendous with Miyata and different “late-stoppers.” It was extremely doubtless that the 53-lap race can be minimize off as a result of most period of the race stipulated at 70-minutes. This considerably nullified the “stay-out” technique and subsequently, Fenestraz, Oyu, Nojiri and different early-stoppers invariably retrieved greater positions. In the long run, the fifth spherical of the 2022 Tremendous Method collection was diminished to 49-laps, and Fenestraz achieved his maiden win within the class. Oyu and Nojiri completed 2nd and third respectively.

Nojiri has accrued the overall level as much as 81, main the collection with Ryo Hirakawa (carenex TEAM IMPUL) following 2nd minus 17-points. The following spherical can be held at Fuji Speedway (Shizuoka Pref.) on July 16-17, 2022.


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