Okayama loses Super Formula date on revised calendar

Okayama has lost its place on the 2021 Super Formula calendar on a revised calendar issued on Monday, and will instead be replaced by a second round at Motegi.

Okayama loses Super Formula date on revised calendar

Former Pacific Formula 1 venue Grand Prix Okayama has been a constant fixture on the Super Formula calendar since 2015, hosting the second round of last year’s coronavirus-impacted 2020 season.

The track was due to hold the penultimate round of the seven-round 2021 campaign on October 2-3, but the fixture has been scratched in the latest version of the calendar released by series organisers JRP on Monday.

Taking its place is a new event at Motegi on October 16-17, just two weeks before the season finale at Suzuka. 

It's understood Okayama requested for its date to be axed for financial reasons ahead of the start of the season, but only now has the national federation JAF granted its approval of the change.

It means Motegi, which keeps its traditional end-of-August date for the fifth round of the series, will host two Super Formula/Formula Nippon races for the first time since 2012.

The change also affects support series Super Formula Lights, which will now have its season finale at Motegi, and TCR Japan.

Super Formula's 2021 season kicked off earlier this month at Fuji Speedway, with Mugen driver Tomoki Nojiri taking victory ahead of Nakajima Racing's Toshiki Oyu.

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Revised 2021 Super Formula calendar:

Round

Date

Venue

Round 1

April 3-4

Fuji Speedway

Round 2

April 24-25

Suzuka Circuit

Round 3

May 15-16

Autopolis

Round 4

June 19-20

Sportsland Sugo

Round 5

August 28-29

Twin Ring Motegi

Round 6

October 16-17

Twin Ring Motegi

Round 7

October 30-31

Suzuka Circuit

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