Fukuzumi ends Super Formula post-season test on top

Jamie Klein
·3-min read

Fukuzumi, the only driver entered for Dandelion in the test following full-season teammate Naoki Yamamoto's surprise defection to fellow Honda team Nakajima Racing, topped both two-hour sessions and set the fastest time of the test overall.

His best effort of 1m20.120s, set with just a few minutes to go in the morning session, put him 0.218s up on the best time set by Yamamoto on the first day of running.

Fukuzumi followed up with a 1m20.247s with around 13 minutes left on the clock in the afternoon to demote Nakajima regular Toshiki Oyu and complete a clean sweep.

Oyu edged out his new partner Yamamoto by just 0.002s with his best time of 1m20.505s, as the newly-crowned three-time champion set his personal best in the morning session.

Nobuharu Matsushita was a late addition to the test line-up as he replaced Yoshiaki Katayama on B-Max Racing's roster, albeit piloting the #51 car that had been shared on Tuesday by gentleman racers Nobuhiro Imada and 'Dragon' instead of his usual #50 car.

The Formula 2 exile was third-fastest in the morning and fourth overall, followed by Inging Toyota pair Sho Tsuboi and Sena Sakaguchi, the top rookie.

Sena Sakaguchi(JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGING)

Sena Sakaguchi(JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGING)<span class="copyright">Tomohiro Yoshita</span>
Sena Sakaguchi(JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGING)Tomohiro Yoshita

Tomohiro Yoshita

Next up was Tomoki Nojiri in Mugen's sole entry, Super Formula Lights champion Ritomo Miyata for TOM'S and Kondo Racing's quickest driver, Sacha Fenestraz. Ryo Hirakawa completed the top 10 in Impul's one and only entry.

Tatiana Calderon couldn't quite replicate her impressive speed of Tuesday, slipping to 14th on the timesheets on her final day of running of the year for Drago Corse.

Enaam Ahmed meanwhile was 17th-fastest for B-Max ahead of Shunsuke Kohno, who only appeared for the final half-hour of the afternoon session in the 'Rookie Racing'-branded Inging car that had been piloted for most of the day by Kazuya Oshima.

Fuji testing times:

1

 Nirei Fukuzumi

Dandelion/Honda

1m20.120s

1m20.247s

2

 Toshiki Oyu

Nakajima/Honda

1m21.145s

1m20.505s

3

 Naoki Yamamoto

Nakajima/Honda

1m20.507s

1m20.713s

4

 Nobuharu Matsushita

B-Max/Honda

1m20.755s

1m21.026s

5

 Sho Tsuboi

Inging/Toyota

1m20.844s

1m20.757s

6

 Sena Sakaguchi

Inging/Toyota

1m21.308s

1m20.816s

7

 Tomoki Nojiri

Mugen/Honda

1m20.914s

1m20.820s

8

 Ritomo Miyata

TOM'S/Toyota

1m21.348s

1m20.887s

9

 Sacha Fenestraz

Kondo/Toyota

1m21.010s

1m20.981s

10

 Ryo Hirakawa

Impul/Toyota

1m21.061s

1m21.183s

11

 Kenta Yamashita

Kondo/Toyota

1m21.659s

1m21.082s

12

 Kazuki Nakajima

TOM'S/Toyota

1m21.294s

1m21.127s

13

 Kamui Kobayashi

KCMG/Toyota

1m21.397s

1m21.190s

14

 Tatiana Calderon

Drago Corse/Honda

1m21.205s

1m21.428s

15

 Kazuya Oshima

Inging/Toyota

1m21.845s

1m21.567s

16

 Yuji Kunimoto

KCMG/Toyota

1m21.645s

1m21.896s

17

 Enaam Ahmed

B-Max/Honda

1m22.117s

1m23.502s

18

 Shunsuke Kohno

Inging/Toyota

no time

1m22.542s