2008 Formula Nippon season

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2008 Formula Nippon season
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The 2008 Formula Nippon season was the 22nd season of the premier Japanese open-wheel motor racing series. The series for Formula Nippon racing cars was contested over eight rounds. All teams have to use Lola chassis (Lola FN06) and have the choice between utilising Mugen Honda (Mugen HF386E) or Toyota (Toyota RV8J) engines.

Defending champion Tsugio Matsuda secured the championship with a round in hand. Together with team mate Kohei Hirate, Matsuda's Team Impul also secured the teams championship with a round to go.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team # Driver Chassis Engine Rounds
Lawson Team Impul 1 Japan Tsugio Matsuda Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All
2 France Benoît Tréluyer Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All
Kondo Racing 3 Japan Naoki Yokomizo Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All
4 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All
SG Team 5Zigen 5 Japan Toshihiro Kaneishi Lola FN06 Honda HF386E All
6 Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka Lola FN06 Honda HF386E 1–4, 7–8
Japan Hiroki Yoshimoto 5–6
Team LeMans 7 Japan Satoshi Motoyama Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All
8 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All
TP Checker Impul 20 Japan Kohei Hirate Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J 1–6, 8
United Kingdom Richard Lyons 7
PIAA Nakajima Racing 31 France Loïc Duval Lola FN06 Honda HF386E All
32 Japan Takashi Kogure Lola FN06 Honda HF386E All
Petronas Team TOM'S 36 Germany André Lotterer Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All
37 Japan Seiji Ara Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All
DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing 40 Japan Kosuke Matsuura Lola FN06 Honda HF386E All
41 Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya Lola FN06 Honda HF386E All
Cerumo/Inging Motorsport 47 Italy Ronnie Quintarelli Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All
48 Japan Yuji Tachikawa Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All
Autobacs Racing Team Aguri 55 Japan Yuji Ide Lola FN06 Honda HF386E All
56 Japan Takuya Izawa Lola FN06 Honda HF386E All
Stonemarket Blaak Cerumo/Inging Racing 67 Brazil Roberto Streit Lola FN06 Toyota RV8J All

Calendar[edit]

2008 venues
  • All races held in Japan.
Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 Fuji Speedway 6 April Japan Tsugio Matsuda Japan Yuji Tachikawa Japan Tsugio Matsuda Team Impul
2 Suzuka Circuit 11 May Japan Tsugio Matsuda Japan Yuji Tachikawa Japan Tsugio Matsuda Team Impul
3 Twin Ring Motegi 25 May Japan Tsugio Matsuda Japan Tsugio Matsuda Japan Tsugio Matsuda Team Impul
4 Okayama International Circuit 8 June Japan Tsugio Matsuda Japan Satoshi Motoyama France Loïc Duval Nakajima Racing
5 Suzuka Circuit 13 July Japan Tsugio Matsuda Japan Hiroaki Ishiura Japan Tsugio Matsuda Team Impul
Japan Satoshi Motoyama Brazil Roberto Streit Japan Kohei Hirate Team Impul
6 Twin Ring Motegi 10 August Japan Tsugio Matsuda Brazil Roberto Streit France Loïc Duval Nakajima Racing
Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya Japan Seiji Ara TOM'S Racing
7 Fuji Speedway 31 August Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira Japan Takashi Kogure Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira Kondō Racing
Japan Kosuke Matsuura Japan Toshihiro Kaneishi Japan Kosuke Matsuura Dandelion Racing
8 Sportsland SUGO 21 September Japan Satoshi Motoyama France Loïc Duval Japan Tsugio Matsuda Team Impul

Championship standings[edit]

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Scoring system
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PP
Rds 1–4, 8 Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
Rds 5–7
R1
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 1
Rds 5–7
R2
Points 5 4 3 2 1 0

* – In race 2 at the August Fuji meeting, the race was run behind the safety car for five laps before the race was halted. Half points were awarded.

Pos Driver FUJ SUZ MOT OKA SUZ MOT FUJ SUG Pts
1 Japan Tsugio Matsuda 1 1 1 Ret 1 8 2 2 4 5 1 93.5
2 France Loïc Duval 10 10 3 1 6 2 1 Ret 2 7 3 62
3 Germany André Lotterer Ret 3 2 2 2 4 11 7 5 4 12 49
4 Japan Kohei Hirate Ret 2 6 3 5 1 Ret DNS 5 42
5 Japan Takashi Kogure 6 5 Ret 9 3 7 5 Ret 3 6 2 41
6 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira Ret Ret 9 11 4 5 3 3 1 8 6 33
7 Japan Yuji Tachikawa 2 17 7 4 17 12 4 4 9 9 15 31
8 France Benoît Tréluyer 4 7 Ret 8 Ret 13 15 Ret 7 2 4 27
9 Italy Ronnie Quintarelli 5 8 Ret 7 10 9 Ret 13 6 3 7 21.5
10 Japan Takuya Izawa Ret 9 4 5 12 Ret Ret 12 18 17 8 19
11 Japan Satoshi Motoyama Ret 4 16 Ret 8 3 9 5 14 14 Ret 14
12 Japan Naoki Yokomizo NC 6 11 6 7 6 Ret 11 12 12 Ret 12
13 Brazil Roberto Streit 3 15 Ret Ret 11 10 Ret 9 19 18 10 11
14 Japan Seiji Ara Ret 11 10 10 13 11 7 1 10 10 16 9
15 Japan Toshihiro Kaneishi 11 Ret 5 14 Ret 14 6 Ret 16 20 11 9
16 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura 7 13 8 Ret 14 Ret 13 8 17 16 9 9
17 Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya 8 14 14 12 16 Ret 8 14 11 11 14 4
18 Japan Kosuke Matsuura 12 16 12 13 9 Ret 10 6 8 1 13 3.5
19 Japan Yuji Ide 9 18 15 NC 15 Ret 12 Ret NC 19 17 2
20 Japan Hiroki Yoshimoto 18 15 14 10 0
21 Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka Ret 12 13 15 15 15 Ret 0
22 United Kingdom Richard Lyons 13 13 0
Pos Driver FUJ SUZ MOT OKA SUZ MOT FUJ SUG Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest Lap

Teams' Championship[edit]

Scoring system
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Rds 1–4, 8 Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Rds 5–7
R1
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Rds 5–7
R2
Points 5 4 3 2 1 0
Pos Team Car FUJ SUZ MOT OKA SUZ MOT FUJ SUG Pts
1 Lawson Team Impul 1 1 1 1 Ret 1 8 2 2 4 5 1 114.5
2 4 7 Ret 8 Ret 13 15 Ret 7 2 4
2 PIAA Nakajima Racing 31 10 10 3 1 6 2 1 Ret 2 7 3 103
32 6 5 Ret 9 3 7 5 Ret 3 6 2
3 Petronas Team TOM'S 36 Ret 3 2 2 2 4 11 7 5 4 12 58
37 Ret 11 10 10 13 11 7 1 10 10 16
4 Cerumo/Inging 47 5 8 Ret 7 10 9 Ret 13 6 3 7 52.5
48 2 17 7 4 17 12 4 4 9 9 15
5 Kondo Racing 3 NC 6 11 6 7 6 Ret 11 12 12 Ret 44
4 Ret Ret 9 11 4 5 3 3 1 8 6
6 TP Checker Impul 20 Ret 2 6 3 5 1 Ret DNS 13 13 5 42
7 Team LeMans 7 Ret 4 16 Ret 8 3 9 5 14 14 Ret 22
8 7 13 8 Ret 14 Ret 13 8 17 16 9
8 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri 55 9 18 15 NC 15 Ret 12 Ret NC 19 17 21
56 Ret 9 4 5 12 Ret Ret 12 18 17 8
9 Stonemarket Cerumo/Inging 67 3 15 Ret Ret 11 10 Ret 9 19 18 10 11
10 SG Team 5Zigen 5 11 Ret 5 14 Ret 14 6 Ret 16 20 11 9
6 Ret 12 13 15 18 15 14 10 15 15 Ret
11 DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing 40 12 16 12 13 9 Ret 10 6 8 1 13 7.5
41 8 14 14 12 16 Ret 8 14 11 11 14

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