Honda speed leaves Hirakawa "gloomy" about title chances

Jamie Klein

Impul Toyota driver Hirakawa heads into this weekend's final round level on points with Honda rival Naoki Yamamoto, and concluded Saturday's opening day of practice third-fastest.

Yamamoto meanwhile was only 13th-quickest across the two sessions as he didn't use any fresh tyres in the afternoon session, but Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri - who heads into the finale as an outsider for the crown - was fastest, heading up a one-two for Team Mugen.

Tomoki Nojiri(TEAM MUGEN)

Tomoki Nojiri(TEAM MUGEN)<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
Tomoki Nojiri(TEAM MUGEN)Masahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio