Asian Motorsport reviews the Japanese F4 action at Suzuka Circuit as HFDP driver Yuto Nomura took the championship lead by achieving his first win of the season.

By Marco Albertini

HFDP driver, Yuto Nomura, in his second year of Japanese F4, took pole ahead of fellow HFDP member Ryota Horachi and HELM Motorsports’s Tosei Moriyama. In the Independent Cup for older drivers, Nobuhiro Imada took pole ahead of “Dragon” (Ryuji Kumita), making it a B-MAX front row.

Nomura leads from lights to flag to take the race one victory

Nomura had a flying start and pulled away from Horachi who had to defend from Moriyama and Kotaro Shimbara (Hydrangea Kageyama Racing), with the latter passing Moriyama before the second corner.

However, the race was soon neutralized as Buzz Racing’s Ken Alex made contact with Yutaka Toriba and spun into the gravel trap at the beginning of the esses.

On lap four, the race resumed, and Nomura was quick to try and break the slipstream to his teammate Horachi. It wasn’t long before another accident occurred, as Team 5Zigen F4’s Motohiro Kotani spun between Degner 1 and 2 and got stuck on the grass. This neutralised the race again just as Horachi was reeling in his teammate.

With two laps to go, the race resumed with Nomura leading from Horachi and Shimbara. Behind them, the PONOS Racing cars of Rintaro Sato – son of Indycar driver, Takuma Sato – and Kento Omiya were battling each other for sixth place. Ultimately, Sato successfully defend every attack from his teammate.

In the end, it was Nomura who led from lights to flag to take his first win of the season ahead of Horachi, Shimbara, Moriyama and Hironobu Shimizu.

The Independent Cup saw Imada win from “Dragon”, current championship leader “Kentaro”, Makio Saito and Isao Nakashima.

Header photo credit: Yuto Nomura

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