Tomoki Nojiri topped 2022 champion at Suzuka

Having scored three bonus factors for pole place in qualifying earlier on Saturday, Nojiri solely wanted a top-three consequence to change into Tremendous Formulation’s first back-to-back champion since Tsugio Matsuda in 2008.

However the 33-year-old wrapped up the championship in fashion with a robust run to second, as his chief championship rivals Sacha Fenestraz and Ryo Hirakawa may handle no higher than sixteenth and ninth respectively.

His consequence, mixed with a second victory of the season for Sasahara, additionally helped Mugen clinch the groups’ title with Sunday’s finale nonetheless to run.

Story of the race

Nojiri led the way in which from pole initially forward of Toshiki Oyu and Sasahara, as Ritomo Miyata slipped to fourth with a relatively poor begin from second on the grid.

However the man on the transfer was Sasahara, who dispatched the Nakajima Racing machine of Oyu for second place in the beginning of lap 4 at Flip 1 earlier than piling the strain on his teammate Nojiri.

When the pitlane window opened on lap 10, Sasahara was first to move in for a contemporary set of Yokohama tyres, with Nojiri responding subsequent time spherical.

Nojiri initially emerged forward however on colder tyres he was quickly reeled in by Sasahara by the primary sector, and did not get in the way in which of his teammate when he launched an assault heading into the hairpin.

As soon as within the lead, Sasahara was by no means threatened once more, constructing a bonus of 12 seconds en path to his second win of the season and his profession.

After each the Mugen vehicles stopped, TOM’S driver Miyata assumed the lead of the race and regarded in a robust place to problem for the ultimate spot on the rostrum earlier than he pitted on lap 25.

However a gradual cease for Miyata left him down the order, opening the door for Pink Bull junior Ren Sato to seize his first podium of his rookie season.

Leaving his pitstop till lap 19, Sato was in a position to decide off Tadasuke Makino, Yuhi Sekiguchi and at last Oyu to take third and increase his possibilities of maintaining a spot on Honda’s roster in 2023.

Oyu needed to be content material with fourth place, whereas Miyata fought his method again forward of Impul driver Sekiguchi to complete fifth.

Makino was seventh in the perfect of the Dandelion vehicles, whereas the remaining factors went to Sho Tsuboi (Inging), Hirakawa (Impul) – unable to make critical progress from eleventh regardless of leaving his pitstop till lap 27 – and Sena Sakaguchi (Inging).

Like Hirakawa, Kondo Racing’s Fenestraz didn’t make progress in the beginning and endured a depressing race that yielded a lowly sixteenth place.

In consequence, Hirakawa and Fenestraz go into Sunday’s finale stage on factors within the battle for second within the drivers’ standings.

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