Fukuzumi ends Super Formula post-season test on top

Dandelion Racing's Nirei Fukuzumi concluded Super Formula's post-season test at Fuji Speedway with the quickest time.

Fukuzumi ends Super Formula post-season test on top

Fukuzumi, the only driver entered for Dandelion in the test following full-season teammate Naoki Yamamoto's surprise defection to fellow Honda team Nakajima Racing, topped both two-hour sessions and set the fastest time of the test overall.

His best effort of 1m20.120s, set with just a few minutes to go in the morning session, put him 0.218s up on the best time set by Yamamoto on the first day of running.

Fukuzumi followed up with a 1m20.247s with around 13 minutes left on the clock in the afternoon to demote Nakajima regular Toshiki Oyu and complete a clean sweep.

Oyu edged out his new partner Yamamoto by just 0.002s with his best time of 1m20.505s, as the newly-crowned three-time champion set his personal best in the morning session.

Nobuharu Matsushita was a late addition to the test line-up as he replaced Yoshiaki Katayama on B-Max Racing's roster, albeit piloting the #51 car that had been shared on Tuesday by gentleman racers Nobuhiro Imada and 'Dragon' instead of his usual #50 car.

The Formula 2 exile was third-fastest in the morning and fourth overall, followed by Inging Toyota pair Sho Tsuboi and Sena Sakaguchi, the top rookie.

Sena Sakaguchi(JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGING)

Sena Sakaguchi(JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGING)

Photo by: Tomohiro Yoshita

Next up was Tomoki Nojiri in Mugen's sole entry, Super Formula Lights champion Ritomo Miyata for TOM'S and Kondo Racing's quickest driver, Sacha Fenestraz. Ryo Hirakawa completed the top 10 in Impul's one and only entry.

Tatiana Calderon couldn't quite replicate her impressive speed of Tuesday, slipping to 14th on the timesheets on her final day of running of the year for Drago Corse.

Enaam Ahmed meanwhile was 17th-fastest for B-Max ahead of Shunsuke Kohno, who only appeared for the final half-hour of the afternoon session in the 'Rookie Racing'-branded Inging car that had been piloted for most of the day by Kazuya Oshima.

Fuji testing times:

Pos. Driver Team/Engine Morning Afternoon
1 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Dandelion/Honda 1m20.120s 1m20.247s
2 Japan Toshiki Oyu Nakajima/Honda 1m21.145s 1m20.505s
3 Japan Naoki Yamamoto Nakajima/Honda 1m20.507s 1m20.713s
4 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita B-Max/Honda 1m20.755s 1m21.026s
5 Japan Sho Tsuboi Inging/Toyota 1m20.844s 1m20.757s
6 Japan Sena Sakaguchi Inging/Toyota 1m21.308s 1m20.816s
7 Japan Tomoki Nojiri Mugen/Honda 1m20.914s 1m20.820s
8 Japan Ritomo Miyata TOM'S/Toyota 1m21.348s 1m20.887s
9 France Sacha Fenestraz Kondo/Toyota 1m21.010s 1m20.981s
10 Japan Ryo Hirakawa Impul/Toyota 1m21.061s 1m21.183s
11 Japan Kenta Yamashita Kondo/Toyota 1m21.659s 1m21.082s
12 Japan Kazuki Nakajima TOM'S/Toyota 1m21.294s 1m21.127s
13 Japan Kamui Kobayashi KCMG/Toyota 1m21.397s 1m21.190s
14 Colombia Tatiana Calderon Drago Corse/Honda 1m21.205s 1m21.428s
15 Japan Kazuya Oshima Inging/Toyota 1m21.845s 1m21.567s
16 Japan Yuji Kunimoto KCMG/Toyota 1m21.645s 1m21.896s
17 United Kingdom Enaam Ahmed B-Max/Honda 1m22.117s 1m23.502s
18 Japan Shunsuke Kohno Inging/Toyota no time 1m22.542s
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Series Super Formula
Event Fuji December Testing
Author Jamie Klein