Tsuboi surprised to end season with most wins

Jamie Klein
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In just his second season in the Japanese single-seater series, Inging driver Tsuboi was the only driver in the field to score more than one win in 2020, having taken his maiden triumph earlier in the season at Okayama before adding to his tally on Sunday.

It meant the 25-year-old concluded the campaign third in the standings behind champion Naoki Yamamoto and runner-up Ryo Hirakawa, the new-for-2020 dropped score rule allowing him to overhaul Nick Cassidy on countback.

Sho Tsuboi, JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGING

Sho Tsuboi, JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGING<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
Sho Tsuboi, JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGINGMasahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio

Tsuboi's Fuji win came in different style to his first one at Okayama, where he took advantage of a chaotic start and then had to pass both Ryo Hirakawa and his Inging teammate Hiroaki Ishiura later in the race for the win.

The 2018 All-Japan Formula 3 champion admitted that the emotions were not as strong winning for a second time round.

"I'm used to it now!" he quipped, before adding: "At the time of my first win I cried, but this time I knew I was definitely able to win.

"At Okayama, it wasn't purely down to my ability, but this time it was realistic. Qualifying second and controlling the race from the start, I think it was a different kind of victory.

"Perhaps the emotion isn't as strong this time compared to the first victory. But I think I was able to prove my ability this time."

Sho Tsuboi, JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGING

Sho Tsuboi, JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGING<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
Sho Tsuboi, JMS P.MU/CERUMO・INGINGMasahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio