16/05/2018

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Nick Cassidy, Super Formula 2018

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The Super Formula race at Autopolis (round 2) was cancelled due to heavy rain and fog as the conditions were deemed too severe to provide proper driving visibility.

Ryo Hirakawa, who won pole position in the Rd. 2 Qualifying picked up one championship point.

The third round of Super Formula at SUGO is scheduled for May 26 (Sat) & 27 (Sun).

Qualifying report….

Nick Cassidy has qualified fourth fastest for the second round of the Super Formula at the Autopolis in Japan. However, a penalty for Cassidy’s Super GT team mate Ryo Hirakawa who set a new course record when he qualified first will see Cassidy start from third. Tomoki Nojiri finished P2 and in P3 was Nobuharu Matsushita.

“I’m super happy to put together some great laps in that one,” commented Cassidy.

With just two seconds remaining on the clock in Q2, Cassidy set a new course record of 1’26.110. Then Kamui Kobayashi recorded an even faster record time of 1’25.799. Ryo Hirakawa finished behind them to round out the top 3 spots.

Just 8 cars were left in the knock-out qualifying to battle it out for the top starting grids for tomorrow’s 250 km (54 lap) race. Ryo Hirakawa finished Q3 in P1 with a time of 1’25.937. Tomoki Nojiri finished in P2, and teammate Nobuharu Matsushita in P3. But due to a 3 grid penalty from last race, Hirakawa will begin the race in P4.

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