,Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka
NDDP DRIVER MITSUNORI TAKABOSHI SCORES MAIDEN PODIUM FINISH
Formula Challenge Japan Race Report
Rounds 1 and 2 of a 2011 Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ) array were reason during Fuji Speedway. This season, 3 drivers contesting a array accept support from a Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP). In Round 1, Mitsunori Takaboshi in a #12 appurtenance competent 8th and finished a competition in third place, concealment a initial ever lectern of his career.
Qualifying was reason on Saturday, Apr 23rd in stormy conditions. In a initial session, Takaboshi finished 8th, followed by a #3 automobile of Tsubasa Kondo and a #16 appurtenance of Daiwei Zhu in 14th and 15th respectively. However, in a second session, reason after a 10-minute break, Takaboshi set a fastest path during a early stages. Moreover, associate NDDP grant hilt Tsubasa Kondo bettered Takaboshi’s time and clinched a lead. He took his initial ever hang position, definition that NDDP drivers dominated a front row.
Due to torrential rain, Round 1, creatively scheduled for a dusk of a 23rd, was deferred to a following day. The competition so started during 7.50 a.m. on Sunday, a 24th. Overnight sleet left some soppy rags on a track, causing a array of spins. Takaboshi, who had started 8th, fast upheld dual cars that were incompetent to make quick getaways, climbing to 6th place on a opening lap. Taking additional advantage from a accidents of a span of machines that went off track, he shortly changed adult into 4th place. He subsequently upheld another automobile to take third on path 9, relocating within steer of a lectern finish. He continued to adult his pace, usually improving his path times. Takaboshi eventually crossed a finish line in a excellent 3rd place, imprinting his initial ever lectern in a category.
Meanwhile Tsubasa Kondo done a drifting start from 14th on a grid, leaping to 7th place on a opening lap. He afterwards chased Takaboshi, finishing a competition in 4th place after creation a integrate of flitting attempts on his associate NDDP driver, and removing within 0.4 seconds in a final integrate of laps. Zhu, who had started 15th, done a good start and changed adult a sequence until creation hit with another automobile during Turn 1. As a outcome he went off lane and late from a race.
Round 2 started with usually 18 cars on a grid after Zhu’s appurtenance couldn’t be remade in time after his collision in Round 1. Kondo and Takaboshi, who had started from hang position and 2nd place respectively, kept their positions into Turn 1. However, they were incompetent to beget adequate speed and began to gradually tumble down a order. On Lap 12, while battling for 4th place, Kondo ran far-reaching during a hairpin. Also when Takaboshi attempted to pass Kondo during a Dunlop Corner, they unfortunately done contact, promulgation a latter off lane and into an contingent 9th place finish. Takaboshi was given a drive-through chastisement and finished his competition in 16th.
Mitsunori Takaboshi (3rd in Round 1)
I’m unequivocally happy to have finished on a lectern in a opening turn of a season. My gait was a small improved than a other drivers so we done as many attempts to pass as probable while also holding onto my position. In a shutting laps, Kondo showed good gait and got utterly close, though by afterwards we had already built adult a good adequate domain so that gripping him during brook wasn’t a problem, and we was means to reason onto 3rd. However, in Round 2, when we attempted to pass him, we wasn’t assertive adequate and we done contact. I’m unequivocally ashamed that we wasn’t means to make a pierce stick, and we also apologize to Kondo.
In 2006, a 3 Japanese automobile manufacturers Nissan, Toyota and Honda determined a new regulation automobile array (formula: an open-wheel single-seater racing difficulty identical in coming to Formula One), Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ) with a aim of educating immature drivers and enabling them to contest globally. At a same time, Nissan started a grant module for a name few drivers, as did a other dual manufacturers concerned in a series. For 2011, Nissan has postulated scholarships to 3 immature drivers and supports their activities in FCJ. The module also supports Katsumasa Chiyo and Daiki Sasaki, both of whom take partial in a National (N) Class of a All-Japan F3 Championship, a some-more modernized difficulty that sits above FCJ in a regulation automobile ladder.