Hirakawa frustrated to lose chance to win from 19th

Jamie Klein
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Hirakawa, who had started two of the previous three races from pole, was forced to battle his way through the field from the back row of the grid after he lost control of his Team Impul machine and crashed exiting Turn 16 during the first segment of qualifying.

A strong start to the race had allowed Hirakawa to climb as high as 10th by the time of the second safety car period, caused by Sho Tsuboi stopping on-track with a puncture.

But when he came into the pits, he was left to wait for half a minute before he was sent back on his way by his pit crew, and dropped back to the rear of the field. Clawing back some ground in the second stint, he eventually finished out of the points in 12th.

Ryo Hirakawa, Team Impul

Ryo Hirakawa, Team Impul <span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
Ryo Hirakawa, Team Impul Masahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio