2016 Super Formula Championship

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2016 Super Formula Championship
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The 2016 Japanese Super Formula Championship was the 30th season of premier Japanese open-wheel motor racing, and the fourth under the name of Super Formula. Hiroaki Ishiura started his 2015 Championship defense when the season began on 24 April, and ended after seven rounds on 30 October.[1]

The series changed tyre supplier from Bridgestone to Yokohama.[2]

Teams and drivers[edit]

All teams were Japanese-registered and used the Dallara SF14 spec-racer chassis. Eight cars were powered by Honda's HR-414E engine, with the other 11 cars using Toyota's RI4A engine.

Team No. Driver Engine Rounds
P.mu/cerumo・INGING[3] 1 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura[3] Toyota RI4A All
2 Japan Yuji Kunimoto[3] All
Kondō Racing[3] 3 United Kingdom James Rossiter[4] Toyota RI4A All
4 United Kingdom William Buller[4] All
SUNOCO Team LeMans[3] 7 India Narain Karthikeyan[3] Toyota RI4A All
8 Japan Kamui Kobayashi[3] All
Real Racing[5] 10 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi[5] Honda HR-414E All
11 Japan Takuya Izawa[5] All
Team Mugen[5] 16 Japan Naoki Yamamoto[5] Honda HR-414E All
KCMG[3] 18 Japan Yuichi Nakayama[3] Toyota RI4A All
ITOCHU ENEX Team Impul[3] 19 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira[3] Toyota RI4A All
20 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi[6] All
Drago Corse[5] 34 Japan Takashi Kogure[5] Honda HR-414E All
VANTELIN Team TOM'S[3] 36 Germany André Lotterer[3] Toyota RI4A All
37 Japan Kazuki Nakajima[3] All
Docomo Team Dandelion Racing[5] 40 Japan Tomoki Nojiri[5] Honda HR-414E All
41 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne[5] All
Nakajima Racing[5] 64 Japan Daisuke Nakajima[5] Honda HR-414E All
65 Belgium Bertrand Baguette[5] All

Race calendar and results[edit]

A provisional calendar for the 2016 season was released on 10 December 2015.[1] The 7 rounds of the 2016 Super-Formula Championship were held over 7 months from April through October, with a 7 week long summer hiatus through June to mid-July. All events were held on premier, natural terrain road racing circuits in Japan. Thus far, no events on the Super Formula calendar have been held on super-speedway ovals or on city street circuits.

The Autopolis round was cancelled on May 29 due to damage caused by the Kumamoto earthquake.[7] However, on July 15, it was decided that Okayama would take its place at the same date, holding a double-header round.[8]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 Suzuka Circuit 24 April Japan Naoki Yamamoto Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Japan Naoki Yamamoto Team Mugen
2 Okayama International Circuit 29 May Japan Hiroaki Ishiura Japan Kamui Kobayashi Japan Hiroaki Ishiura P.mu/cerumo・INGING
3 Fuji Speedway 17 July Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Japan Kazuki Nakajima Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira ITOCHU ENEX Team Impul
4 Twin Ring Motegi 21 August Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Japan Kamui Kobayashi Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi ITOCHU ENEX Team Impul
5 R1 Okayama International Circuit 10 September Japan Kazuki Nakajima Japan Kazuki Nakajima Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Docomo Team Dandelion Racing
R2 11 September Japan Tomoki Nojiri Japan Hiroaki Ishiura Japan Yuji Kunimoto P.mu/cerumo・INGING
6 Sportsland SUGO 25 September Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi ITOCHU ENEX Team Impul
7 R1 Suzuka Circuit 30 October Japan Hiroaki Ishiura Germany André Lotterer Japan Yuji Kunimoto P.mu/cerumo・INGING
R2 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura India Narain Karthikeyan Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Docomo Team Dandelion Racing

Championship standings[edit]

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Scoring system
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Pole 
Rounds 1–4, 6 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
Round 5 5 4 3 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5 1
Round 7 8 4 3 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5 1


Driver standings
Pos Driver SUZ OKA
FUJ MOT OKA SUG SUZ Points
1 Japan Yuji Kunimoto 2 6 Ret 4 2 1 15 1 6 33
2 Germany André Lotterer 7 8 4 2 12 4 5 2 2 30
3 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 14 13 3 1 13 9 1 18 8 28.5
4 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 3 12 Ret 6 1 7 6 17 1 27
5 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura 11 1 6 3 7 3 16 3 3 27
6 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 12 17 2 7 19 2 4 5 16 22
7 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira 10 19 1 Ret 8 5 Ret 8 4 15.5
8 Japan Naoki Yamamoto 1 5 Ret 8 10 6 14 19 Ret 15.5
9 Japan Tomoki Nojiri 9 4 13 Ret 4 16 3 4 Ret 14.5
10 United Kingdom James Rossiter 6 9 5 5 9 10 8 12 15 12
11 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi 5 2 8 12 5 11 11 11 12 11
12 Japan Daisuke Nakajima Ret 7 DNS 10 6 12 2 10 10 10.5
13 Japan Takashi Kogure 4 15 12 11 11 14 7 7 9 8
14 India Narain Karthikeyan Ret 16 7 Ret 3 Ret 12 15 14 5
15 Belgium Bertrand Baguette 8 14 14 Ret 14 18 9 6 5 4.5
16 Japan Takuya Izawa Ret 3 11 14 16 8 13 16 Ret 3.5
17 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 16 18 10 9 18 17 17 9 7 1
18 Japan Yuichi Nakayama 13 10 9 15 17 13 Ret 14 11 0
19 United Kingdom William Buller 15 11 Ret 13 15 15 10 13 13 0
Pos Driver SUZ OKA FUJ MOT OKA SUG SUZ Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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]

Pos Team No. SUZ OKA
FUJ MOT OKA SUG SUZ Points
1 P.mu/cerumo・INGING 1 11 1 6 3 7 3 16 3 3 54
2 2 6 Ret 4 2 1 15 1 6
2 VANTELIN Team TOM'S 36 7 8 4 2 12 4 5 2 2 51
37 12 17 2 7 19 2 4 5 16
3 ITOCHU ENEX Team Impul 19 10 19 1 Ret 8 5 Ret 8 4 42
20 14 13 3 1 13 9 1 18 8
4 Docomo Team Dandelion Racing 40 9 4 13 Ret 4 16 3 4 Ret 36.5
41 3 12 Ret 6 1 7 6 17 1
5 Nakajima Racing 64 Ret 7 DNS 10 6 12 2 10 10 15
65 8 14 14 Ret 14 18 9 6 5
6 Team Mugen 16 1 5 Ret 8 10 6 14 19 Ret 14.5
7 Real Racing 10 5 2 8 12 5 11 11 11 12 14.5
11 Ret 3 11 14 16 8 13 16 Ret
8 Kondō Racing 3 6 9 5 5 9 10 8 12 15 12
4 15 11 Ret 13 15 15 10 13 13
9 Drago Corse 34 4 15 12 11 11 14 7 7 9 8
10 SUNOCO Team LeMans 7 Ret 16 7 Ret 3 Ret 12 15 14 6
8 16 18 10 9 18 17 17 9 7
11 KCMG 18 13 10 9 15 17 13 Ret 14 11 0
Pos Team No. SUZ OKA
FUJ MOT OKA SUG SUZ Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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

Half points were awarded at the first Okayama round as less than 75% of the scheduled distance was completed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "16年Sフォーミュラの日程発表。WECとの重複避ける". as-web.jp. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Engine Manufacturer Testing and Rookie Driver Tryouts". Super Formula. Japan Race Promotion Inc. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Toyota GAZOO Racing Outlines 2016 Motorsports Activities". Toyota Motor Corporation. Toyota Motor Corporation. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Kondo Racing Super Formula 2016 participation". Kondō Racing. Kondo Racing. 4 March 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-03-12. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Honda 2016 Motorsports Program Overview". Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Itochu Enex Team Impul Line-up". Impul. Itochu Enex Team Impul. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Round5 AUTOPOLIS Round Cancelled" (PDF). Japan Race Promotion Inc. Super Formula official website. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  8. ^ "「2016年 全日本スーパーフォーミュラ選手権第5戦」岡山国際サーキット開催のご案内" [2016 All-Japan Super Formula Championship: Information on the 5th round at Okayama] (PDF). Japan Race Promotion Inc. (in Japanese). Super Formula official website. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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