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Suzuka Super Formula: Ishiura takes double pole in season finale

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Suzuka Super Formula: Ishiura takes double pole in season finale
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Oct 29, 2016, 6:42 AM

Defending champion Hiroaki Ishiura has locked out pole position for the final two races of the Super Formula season at Suzuka.

While the grid for the second race was determined using the standard three-stage knockout format, Q1 was used to decide the starting order for Race 1.

Ishiura was ominous in the opening leg of qualifying, but faced a stern challenge from McLaren F1 protege Stoffel Vandoorne during Q3.

The Japanese driver has been awarded two points for clinching a double pole, placing him firmly in the thick of the title battle.

Ishiura cruises to Race 1 pole

Ishiura led the timesheets for the majority of Q1 with a time of 1m38.438s, before a late improvement to 1m37.453s saw the Japanese driver seal pole position for Race 1.

Yuji Kunimoto claimed the second spot to secure an all-Inging front row, ahead of of Tomoki Nojiri and Audi WEC driver Andre Lotterer.

The German was lying on the brink of Q1 elimination until a late-gasp effort catapulted him to fourth on the grid.

Meanwhile, Bertrand Baguette was fifth fastest in the session, with Kazuki Nakajima sixth and Vandoorne qualifying seventh on the grid.

Drago Corse’s Takashi Kogure, Mugen driver Naoki Yamamoto and former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi completed the top 10.

Championship leader Yuhi Sekiguchi endured a difficult session, ending a second off the pace in 13th place.

Former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan and LMP1 racer James Rossiter were the biggest casualties in Q1.

Ishiura pips Vandoorne for Race 2 pole

The field was a lot closer in Q3, with Vandoorne getting to within 0.005s of Ishiura’s benchmark of 1m37.026s.

The Belgian set purple times in sectors one, two and four, but lost out to the Japanese driver in the penultimate sector.

Behind, Kunimoto ended third fastest with a time of 1m37.224s, with early pace setter Tomoki Nojiri finishing fourth.

Lotterer qualified fifth, ahead of Kazuki Nakajima, Baguette and Daisuke Nakajima. The top10 was completed by Koudai Tsukakoshi and Joao Paulo de Oliveira.

Sekiguchi’s troubles continued, with the points leader resigned to 13th on the grid after getting eliminated in Q2.

Q1 Results:

PosDriverTeam Time Gap
1  Hiroaki Ishiura INGING 1'37.453 -
2  Yuji Kunimoto INGING 1'37.801 0.348
3  Tomoki Nojiri DANDELION 1'37.833 0.032
4  Andre Lotterer TOM’S  1'37.884 0.051
5  Bertrand Baguette NAKAJIMA 1'37.941 0.057
6  Kazuki Nakajima TOM’S 1'38.048 0.107
7  Stoffel Vandoorne DANDELION 1'38.153 0.105
8  Takashi Kogure DRAGO CORSE 1'38.239 0.086
9  Naoki Yamamoto TEAM MUGEN 1'38.288 0.049
10  Kamui Kobayashi TEAM LEMANS 1'38.484 0.196
11  Daisuke Nakajima NAKAJIMA  1'38.491 0.007
12  J.P.de Oliveira TEAM IMPUL  1'38.525 0.034
13  Yuhi Sekiguchi TEAM IMPUL 1'38.592 0.067
14  Koudai Tsukakoshi REAL SF 1'38.761 0.169
15  Yuichi Nakayama KCMG 1'38.788 0.027
16  Narain Karthikeyan TEAM LEMANS 1'38.916 0.128
17  William Buller KONDO 1'39.006 0.090
18  James Rossiter KONDO 1'39.076 0.070
19 Takuya Izawa REAL SF 1'39.469 0.393

Q1-Q3 Results:

Po.DriverTeamQ1Q2Q3
1  Hiroaki Ishiura INGING 1'37.453 1'37.589 1'37.026
2  Stoffel Vandoorne DANDELION 1'38.153 1'37.673 1'37.031
3  Yuji Kunimoto INGING 1'37.801 1'37.364 1'37.224
4  Tomoki Nojiri DANDELION 1'37.833 1'37.877 1'37.438
5  Andre Lotterer TOM’S  1'37.884 1'38.023 1'37.537
6  Kazuki Nakajima TOM’S  1'38.048 1'38.020 1'37.626
7  Bertrand Baguette NAKAJIMA 1'37.941 1'37.895 1'37.898
8  Daisuke Nakajima NAKAJIMA  1'38.491 1'37.938 1'37.961
9  Koudai Tsukakoshi REAL SF 1'38.761 1'38.175  
10  J.P.de Oliveira ITOCHU ENEX TEAM IMPUL 1'38.525 1'38.208
11  Naoki Yamamoto TEAM MUGEN  1'38.288 1'38.212
12  Takashi Kogure DRAGO CORSE  1'38.239 1'38.546
13  Yuhi Sekiguchi TEAM IMPUL 1'38.592 1'38.795
14  Kamui Kobayashi TEAM LEMANS 1'38.484  
15  Yuichi Nakayama KCMG 1'38.788  
16  Narain Karthikeyan TEAM LEMANS 1'38.916
17  William Buller KONDO  1'39.006
18  James Rossiter KONDO 1'39.076
19  Takuya Izawa REAL SF 1'39.469
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Series Super Formula
Event Suzuka II
Location Suzuka
Drivers Stoffel Vandoorne , Hiroaki Ishiura
Teams Inging Motorsport
Author Rachit Thukral