2009 Formula Nippon season

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2009 Formula Nippon season
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France's Loïc Duval won the title for Nakajima Racing.

The 2009 Formula Nippon season was the 23rd season of the premier Japanese open-wheel motor racing series. The series for Formula Nippon racing cars was contested over eight rounds. Nakajima Racing's Loïc Duval claimed four victories en route to the championship, ending a six-year streak of championships by the Impul team.

Teams and drivers[edit]

  • All drivers competed in Swift 017.n chassis and Honda HR09E or Toyota RV8K engines.
Team # Driver Engine
Lawson Team Impul 1 Japan Tsugio Matsuda Toyota RV8K
2 France Benoît Tréluyer
Team LeMans 7 Japan Keisuke Kunimoto Toyota RV8K
8 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura
HFDP Racing 10 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi Honda HR09E
Team Impul 20 Japan Kohei Hirate Toyota RV8K
Nakajima Racing 31 France Loïc Duval Honda HR09E
32 Japan Takashi Kogure
Petronas Team TOM'S 36 Germany André Lotterer Toyota RV8K
37 Japan Kazuya Oshima
Dandelion Racing 40 United Kingdom Richard Lyons Honda HR09E
41 Japan Takuya Izawa
Cerumo/Inging 48 Japan Yuji Tachikawa Toyota RV8K

Race calendar and results[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 Fuji Speedway 5 April Japan Kohei Hirate Germany André Lotterer France Benoît Tréluyer Lawson Team Impul
2 Suzuka Circuit 17 May France Benoît Tréluyer France Loïc Duval France Loïc Duval Nakajima Racing
3 Twin Ring Motegi 31 May Japan Takashi Kogure Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi Japan Takashi Kogure Nakajima Racing
4 Fuji Speedway 28 June France Loïc Duval France Loïc Duval France Loïc Duval Nakajima Racing
5 Suzuka Circuit 12 July France Loïc Duval Japan Takashi Kogure France Loïc Duval Nakajima Racing
6 Twin Ring Motegi 9 August Japan Takashi Kogure Japan Takashi Kogure Germany André Lotterer Petronas Team TOM'S
7 Autopolis 30 August Japan Takashi Kogure Japan Keisuke Kunimoto Japan Takashi Kogure Nakajima Racing
8 Sportsland SUGO 27 September France Loïc Duval France Loïc Duval France Loïc Duval Nakajima Racing

Championship standings[edit]

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Scoring system
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th Pole
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
Pos Driver FUJ SUZ MOT FUJ SUZ MOT AUT SUG Points
1 France Loïc Duval 4 1 Ret 1 1 2 3 1 62
2 France Benoît Tréluyer 1 2 2 Ret 3 3 8 9 40
3 Germany André Lotterer 10 3 5 8 7 1 2 2 39
4 Japan Takashi Kogure 8 Ret 1 7 2 6 1 10 37
5 Japan Kohei Hirate 3 4 Ret 5 5 8 4 3 32
6 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura 11 8 3 4 4 4 5 5 30
7 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi 6 5 4 6 9 10 Ret 4 20
8 Japan Takuya Izawa 2 7 Ret Ret 8 9 6 11 14
9 Japan Kazuya Oshima 7 Ret Ret 2 10 11 9 6 13
10 United Kingdom Richard Lyons Ret 6 7 3 13 Ret 10 13 11
11 Japan Tsugio Matsuda Ret Ret 6 Ret 12 5 7 7 11
12 Japan Yuji Tachikawa 5 Ret Ret 9 6 7 Ret 12 9
13 Japan Keisuke Kunimoto 9 9 Ret 10 11 Ret 11 8 1
Pos Driver FUJ SUZ MOT FUJ SUZ MOT AUT SUG Points
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
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Teams' Championship[edit]

Scoring system
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Pos Team Car FUJ SUZ MOT FUJ SUZ MOT AUT SUG Pts
1 Nakajima Racing 31 4 1 Ret 1 1 2 3 1 93
32 8 Ret 1 7 2 6 1 10
2 Petronas Team TOM'S 36 10 3 5 8 7 1 2 2 52
37 7 Ret Ret 2 10 11 9 6
3 Lawson Team Impul 1 Ret Ret 6 Ret 12 5 7 7 50
2 1 2 2 Ret 3 3 8 9
4 ahead Team Impul 20 3 4 Ret 5 5 8 4 3 31
5 Team LeMans 7 9 9 Ret 10 11 Ret 11 8 31
8 11 8 3 4 4 4 5 5
6 Dandelion Racing 40 Ret 6 7 3 13 Ret 10 13 25
41 2 7 Ret Ret 8 9 6 11
7 HFDP Racing 10 6 5 4 6 9 10 Ret 4 20
8 Cerumo/Inging 48 5 Ret Ret 9 6 7 Ret 12 9

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