After an exciting opening round to the season, the Super Formula Lights Championship heads to Sportsland Sugo for the second round of the season. Asian Motorsport previews the weekend before the racing gets underway.

By Marco Albertini

The opening round of the championship at Autopolis saw TOM’S driver Seita Nonaka finish on the podium in all three races, including a win in both the first and third races, and is currently leading the championship by twelve points over Syun Koide.

Koide, in his second year in the championship, won race two but a difficult race three saw him finish out the points and find himself tied on points with rookies Rikuto Kobayashi and Kaylen Frederick, who have also scored podiums.

The aforementioned Kobayashi is the reigning F4 Japanese champion and has scored a pole and a podium in his debut appearance in the championship. Kaylen Frederick, the sole non-Japanese driver on the grid, is coming off three seasons of FIA F3 and hasn’t finished lower than fourth in his first three races in the championship.

TOM’S rookie Jin Nakamura, who finished second to Kobayashi last season, has scored a podium in the second race of the opening round, but also finds himself tied on points with another driver, being the B-Max of Rin Arakawa, who scored a podium in his very first race in the championship.

In the Masters Class, Nobuhiro Imada won all three races, taking a dominant lead over “Dragon” (Ryuji Kumita) and Yasuhiro Shimizu.

Driver changes

Makoto Fujiwara will take Rin Arakawa’s number 13 car in Team Dragon, as the latter moves to the number 51 B-Max car for this round.

Where to watch

Super Formula Lights races are free to watch on the Super Formula Lights YouTube channel. All races will be streamed live.

Weekend schedule

Qualifying 1 – 11:00 UTC+9 June 22nd
Qualifying 2 – 11:20+9 June 22nd
Race 1 – 15:35 UTC+9 June 22nd

Race 2 – 9:00 UTC+9 June 23rd
Race 3 – 12:35 UTC+9 June 23rd

Super Formula Lights overall drivers’ championship

  1. Seita Nonaka (TOM’S) – 25
  2. Syun Koide (B-Max Racing Team) – 13
  3. Rikuto Kobayashi (TOM’S) – 13
  4. Kaylen Frederick (B-Max Racing Team) – 13
  5. Jin Nakamura (TOM’S) – 8
  6. Rin Arakawa (Team Dragon) – 8
  7. Yuga Furutani (TOM’S) – 6
  8. Souta Arao (TODA Racing) – 0
  9. Nobuhiro Imada (JMS Racing Team) – 0
  10. Dragon (Team Dragon) – 0
  11. Yasuhiro Shimizu (GNSY Racing) – 0

Super Formula Lights masters’ championship

  1. Nobuhiro Imada (JMS Racing Team) – 32
  2. Dragon (Team Dragon) – 21
  3. Yasuhiro Shimizu (GNSY Racing) – 10

Super Formula Lights teams’ championship

  1. TOM’S – 27
  2. B-Max Racing Team – 20
  3. Team Dragon (B-Max)– 8
  4. Toda Racing – 0
  5. JMS Racing Team (B-Max) – 0
  6. GNSY Racing (B-Max) – 0

Header image credit: Super Formula Lights

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