2018 Super Formula Championship

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2018 Super Formula Championship
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The 2018 Japanese Super Formula Championship is the 32nd season of premier Japanese open-wheel motor racing, and the sixth under the moniker of Super Formula. The season began on 22 April and is scheduled to end on 28 October at the same place after seven rounds.[1]

2018 was the final season that the Dallara SF14 chassis package—which débuted in the 2014 Super Formula Championship—was used in competition; as a brand new chassis package will be introduced for the 2019 season but the engine configuration will remain the same.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team No. Driver Engine Rounds
Japan JMS P.mu/cerumo・INGING[2] 1 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura[2] Toyota All
2 Japan Yuji Kunimoto[2] All
Japan Kondō Racing[2] 3 New Zealand Nick Cassidy[2] Toyota All
4 Japan Kenta Yamashita[2] All
Japan Docomo Team Dandelion Racing[3] 5 Japan Tomoki Nojiri[3] Honda All
6 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita[3] All
Japan UOMO Sunoco Team LeMans[2] 7 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi[4] Toyota 1
France Tom Dillmann[5] 2–7
8 Japan Kazuya Oshima[2] All
Japan Team Mugen[3] 15 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi[3] Honda 1, 5–7
Japan Sena Sakaguchi[6] 2
United Kingdom Dan Ticktum[7] 3–4
16 Japan Naoki Yamamoto[3] All
Japan Real Racing 17 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi[3] Honda All
Hong Kong carrozzeria Team KCMG[2] 18 Japan Kamui Kobayashi[2] Toyota 1–4, 6–7
Japan Yuichi Nakayama[8] 5
Japan Itochu Enex Team Impul[2] 19 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi[2] Toyota All
20 Japan Ryo Hirakawa[2] All
Japan Vantelin Team Tom's[2] 36 Japan Kazuki Nakajima[2] Toyota 1–4, 6–7
Brazil Joao Paulo de Oliveira[8] 5
37 United Kingdom James Rossiter[2] All
Japan B-MAX Racing Team[3] 50 Japan Katsumasa Chiyo[9] Honda All
Japan TCS Nakajima Racing[3] 64 India Narain Karthikeyan[3] Honda All
65 Japan Takuya Izawa[3] All

Driver changes[edit]

Race calendar and results[edit]

Due to scheduling restrictions imposed by the concurrent Japan WTCR round, the final round of the calendar at Suzuka Circuit will now feature a single race instead of the originally planned double-header.[13]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 Suzuka Circuit 22 April Japan Naoki Yamamoto United Kingdom James Rossiter Japan Naoki Yamamoto Team Mugen
2 Autopolis 13 May Japan Ryo Hirakawa Race cancelled due to weather conditions[14]
3 Sportsland SUGO 27 May Japan Tomoki Nojiri Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Japan Naoki Yamamoto Team Mugen
4 Fuji Speedway 8 July New Zealand Nick Cassidy New Zealand Nick Cassidy New Zealand Nick Cassidy Kondō Racing
5 Twin Ring Motegi 19 August Japan Hiroaki Ishiura Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Japan Hiroaki Ishiura JMS P.mu/cerumo・INGING
6 Okayama International Circuit 9 September Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Japan Kamui Kobayashi Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Itochu Enex Team Impul
7 Suzuka Circuit 27 October Japan Naoki Yamamoto Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Japan Naoki Yamamoto Team Mugen

Championship standings[edit]

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Scoring system
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Pole 
Rounds 1-6 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
Round 7[N 1] 13 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
Driver standings
Pos Driver SUZ AUT SUG FUJ MOT OKA[N 2] SUZ Points
1 Japan Naoki Yamamoto 1 C 1 8 7 10 1 38
2 New Zealand Nick Cassidy 7 C 2 1 3 5 2 37
3 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura 4 C 11 2 1 7 11 25
4 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 2 C 13 6 16 1 8 18
5 Japan Ryo Hirakawa Ret C 9 4 2 3 Ret 17
6 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 8 C 3 5 17 5 15
7 Japan Tomoki Nojiri 3 C 7 14 8 4 9 12.5
8 Japan Yuji Kunimoto 13 C Ret 3 15 8 4 11.5
9 Japan Kenta Yamashita 9 C 8 18 6 6 3 11.5
10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 10 C 6 12 2 13 7
11 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 12 C 10 9 4 9 7 7
12 Japan Kazuya Oshima 15 C 15 7 5 16 14 6
13 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi 6 C 12 13 10 12 6 6
14 France Tom Dillmann C 4 10 12 Ret 15 5
15 India Narain Karthikeyan 17 C 5 16 11 13 17 4
16 Japan Takuya Izawa 5 C 14 15 14 14 16 4
17 United Kingdom James Rossiter 11 C Ret 19 9 11 Ret 0
18 Japan Katsumasa Chiyo 14 C Ret 17 19 15 10 0
19 United Kingdom Dan Ticktum Ret 11 0
20 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Ret 17 18 12 0
21 Japan Yuichi Nakayama 13 0
22 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi 16 0
23 Brazil Joao Paulo de Oliveira 18 0
Japan Sena Sakaguchi C
Pos Driver SUZ AUT SUG FUJ MOT OKA SUZ Points

Teams' Championship[edit]

Pos Team No. SUZ AUT SUG FUJ MOT OKA[N 2] SUZ Points
1 Kondō Racing 3 7 C 2 1 3 5 2 47.5
4 9 C 8 18 6 6 3
2 Team Mugen 15 Ret C Ret 11 17 18 12 36
16 1 C 1 8 7 10 1
3 P.mu/cerumo・INGING 1 4 C 11 2 1 7 11 35.5
2 13 C Ret 3 15 8 4
4 Itochu Enex Team Impul 19 2 C 13 6 16 1 8 33
20 Ret C 9 4 2 3 Ret
5 Docomo Team Dandelion Racing 5 3 C 7 14 8 4 9 18.5
6 12 C 10 9 4 9 7
6 Vantelin Team Tom's 36 8 C 3 5 18 17 5 15
37 11 C Ret 19 9 11 Ret
7 UOMO Sunoco Team LeMans 7 16 C 4 10 12 Ret 15 11
8 15 C 15 7 5 16 14
8 TCS Nakajima Racing 64 17 C 5 16 11 13 17 8
65 5 C 14 15 14 14 16
9 carrozzeria Team KCMG 18 10 C 6 12 13 2 13 7
10 Real Racing 17 6 C 12 13 10 12 6 6
11 B-MAX Racing Team 50 14 C Ret 17 19 15 10 0
Pos Team No. SUZ AUT SUG FUJ MOT OKA SUZ Points

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Three extra points awarded to the winner of the season finale at Suzuka.[15]
  2. ^ a b The race was red flagged after completing 34 laps. Due to less than 75% of the scheduled distance being completed, half points were awarded to the classified finishers.[16]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Honda 2018 Motorsports Program Overview". world.honda.com. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b Khorounzhiy, Valentin (27 March 2018). "Fittipaldi lands 2018 Super Formula drive". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Dillmann to make Super Formula debut with Team LeMans". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  6. ^ "トム・ディルマンと阪口晴南が、スーパーフォーミュラに代役参戦決定". motorsport.com (in Japanese). Motorsport Network. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  7. ^ Wood, Elliot (1 May 2018). "Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum to contest two Super Formula rounds". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Round 5 Entry List". superformula.net. Japan Race Promotion, Inc. n.d. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b Hirano, Ryuji (13 March 2018). "スーパーフォーミュラ:B-MAX Racing Teamのドライバーは千代勝正に決定!". as-web.jp (in Japanese). AUTOSPORTweb. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  10. ^ Freeman, Glenn (16 November 2017). "Toro Rosso keeps Pierre Gasly, Brendon Hartley for 2018 F1 season". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Archived from the original on 17 November 2017.
  11. ^ Thukral, Rachit (19 January 2018). "Fuzkuzumi set to prioritise F2 over Super Formula". Motorsport.com.
  12. ^ Watkins, Gary (20 January 2018). "Lotterer leaves Super Formula after 15 seasons". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  13. ^ Thukral, Rachit (18 August 2018). "Super Formula finale reduced to a single race". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  14. ^ Thukral, Rachit (13 May 2018). "Weather forces Autopolis Super Formula race cancellation". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  15. ^ Klein, Jamie (26 October 2018). "Super Formula's five-way fight set to reach climax". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network.
  16. ^ Thukral, Rachit. "Okayama Super Formula: Sekiguchi wins wet thriller". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 9 September 2018.

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