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Super Formula Sugo: Fenestraz strategy pays off for first win

Kondo Racing driver Sacha Fenestraz claimed his first Super Formula race win in unusual circumstances at Sugo in a race that turned on strategy.

Super Formula Autopolis: Hirakawa charges to victory from eighth Autopolis
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Super Formula Autopolis: Hirakawa charges to victory from eighth

Impul Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa charged from eighth on the grid to score his second victory of the 2022 Super Formula season at Autopolis, slashing his points deficit to Tomoki Nojiri.

Super Formula Autopolis: Nojiri scores third pole in a row

Reigning Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri scored his third successive pole position for this weekend's fourth round of the season at Autopolis, further stretching his points lead.

Matsushita: Winning in F2 was harder than in Super Formula

Nobuharu Matsushita feels it was harder to win races in Formula 2 than in Super Formula after securing his first victory in the Japanese category.

Super Formula Suzuka: Matsushita beats Nojiri for maiden win Suzuka
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Super Formula Suzuka: Matsushita beats Nojiri for maiden win

B-Max Honda driver Nobuharu Matsushitsa produced a masterful drive in treacherous conditions at Suzuka to pass long-time leader Tomoki Nojiri and claim his maiden Super Formula victory.

Super Formula Suzuka: Nojiri stretches points lead with pole

Reigning champion Tomoki Nojiri extended his Super Formula championship lead by grabbing pole for this weekend's Suzuka round.

Super Formula Fuji: Nojiri denies Hirakawa double win

Reigning Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri opened his victory account for the 2022 season with a lights-to-flag win in Sunday's second race at Fuji Speedway.

Super Formula Fuji: Hirakawa overcomes Nojiri to end win drought

Ryo Hirakawa ended a Super Formula victory drought dating back to the 2020 season opener after beating Tomoki Nojiri to win a thrilling curtain-raiser at Fuji Speedway.

Eight storylines to follow in Super Formula this season

Super Formula’s 2022 season kicks off this weekend with a hotly-anticipated double-header at Fuji Speedway. With no dropped scores and several fancied contenders, the series looks difficult to predict. Here are the major plotlines to follow during the new campaign

Super Formula next-gen development cars hit the track at Fuji

Super Formula kicked off its next-generation development test programme this week at Fuji Speedway, trialling environmentally-friendly tyres and carbon-neutral fuel.

The 2021 disappointment fuelling a Super Formula title hopeful Plus

The 2021 disappointment fuelling a Super Formula title hopeful

Having won the Super GT title for the TOM'S Toyota squad last year, Sho Tsuboi endured a miserable Super Formula campaign alongside it - managing just six points all year. But after going back to basics with the Inging team over the off-season, Tsuboi looks revitalised in his pursuit of Japan's top single-seater crown

Honda drivers concerned by Toyota top speed gains in Super Formula

Some of Honda's Super Formula drivers have expressed concerns about Toyota's domination of the leaderboard during last week's final pre-season test at Fuji Speedway.

Kobayashi admits he's playing catch-up after missed Super Formula races

KCMG Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi admits he is still feeling the after-effects of missing so many races in Super Formula in the last two seasons.

Super Formula reveals extensive next-gen testing plans

Super Formula has revealed an extensive test programme with two special development cars as it seeks to develop carbon-neutral fuels and environmentally-friendly bodywork for use in future seasons.

Le Mans winners Team Goh to enter two cars in Super Formula

Le Mans 24 Hours-winning entrant Team Goh will field two cars in Super Formula this season in what is being billed as the squad's full return to racing.

Calderon hopes Super Formula experience will aid IndyCar learning

IndyCar newcomer Tatiana Calderon is hoping her experience from Super Formula, F2 and sportscars will prove useful ahead of her first campaign at AJ Foyt Racing.

Matsushita joins Honda as Super GT and Super Formula lineups revealed

Honda has announced its driver line-ups for the 2022 Super GT season, with Nobuharu Matsushita replacing Bertrand Baguette at Real Racing.

Alesi gets full-time Super Formula and GT500 promotion at TOM'S

Giuliano Alesi has been handed a promotion to the TOM’S Toyota Super GT team for 2022, and will also drive for the squad full-time in Super Formula.

What could have been: The F3 hotshot who twice turned down Japan

Racing in Japan has long been seen as a well-regarded path to becoming a professional career, and a successful 1999 season in the country had made Darren Manning one of the most sought-after hot properties. That explains why he turned down two chances to stay in the country - sliding doors decisions which he believes changed his life

How Honda's brightest young talent shone after missing out in Europe Plus

How Honda's brightest young talent shone after missing out in Europe

After missing out on a chance in Europe and being handed an unexpected chance to step up to Super Formula in 2020, Toshiki Oyu has shone in Japan’s premier single-seater series. Having shown highly-rated team-mate Naoki Yamamoto the way this year, the Honda youngster is well-placed to achieve his lofty ambitions extending beyond his home country

Suzuka Super Formula: Fukuzumi passes Nojiri to win finale

Nirei Fukuzumi claimed a second career Super Formula victory in the final race of the 2021 season at Suzuka, beating Ryo Hirakawa and champion Tomoki Nojiri to the top spot.

Suzuka Super Formula: Matsushita takes pole for finale

Nobuharu Matsushita scored his first Super Formula pole position in qualifying for this weekend's season finale, and a second for the B-Max Racing Team.

Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri seals title, Otsu wins race Motegi II
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Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri seals title, Otsu wins race

Mugen Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri wrapped up the 2021 Super Formula title with a fifth place finish at Motegi, as teammate Hiroki Otsu clinched his maiden race victory.

Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri inches closer to title with win

Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri has moved one step closer to lifting the 2021 Super Formula title with a commanding drive to victory from pole position at Motegi on Sunday.

Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri takes pole with new lap record

Super Formula points leader Tomoki Nojiri scored a dominant pole position for this weekend's fifth round of the season at Motegi in a major boost to his hopes of winning this year's title.

The late bloomer emerging from obscurity to become Honda's new hero Plus

The late bloomer emerging from obscurity to become Honda's new hero

He's hardly one of the best-known names on the Japanese racing scene. But in his eighth season of Super Formula Tomoki Nojiri is in the form of his career, with a key change prior to 2020 having a transformative effect on his confidence and elevating him to the position of 2021 title favourite

Sugo Super Formula: Fukuzumi charges to maiden series win

Dandelion Honda racer Nirei Fukuzumi romped to his maiden Super Formula win at Sugo after overhauling polesitter Yuhi Sekiguchi in the pits.

Sugo Super Formula: Sekiguchi scores first pole since 2018

Impul Toyota driver Yuhi Sekiguchi scored his first Super Formula pole in almost three years in wet conditions at Sugo, while points leader Tomoki Nojiri could only manage 10th.

The F1 cult hero offspring making up for lost time in Japan

A relatively modest set of results in Formula 1's support categories meant Giuliano Alesi was at a crossroads at the end of 2020. Landed in Japan's second-tier Super Formula Lights category, an unexpected opportunity to try his hand in the main series yielded a shock maiden win that suggests he shouldn't be written off just yet

Autopolis Super Formula: Giuliano Alesi claims maiden victory

Giuliano Alesi claimed his maiden Super Formula victory in a rain-shortened race at Autopolis on Sunday, as points leader Tomoki Nojiri charged from outside the top 10 to fifth.

Alesi: First Super Formula pole "reward for tough times"

Giuliano Alesi says his maiden pole position in Super Formula at Autopolis is a “reward for the tough times” he faced during his European career in GP3 and Formula 2.

Autopolis Super Formula: Alesi splashes to maiden pole for TOM'S

Giuliano Alesi scored his maiden pole in only his second weekend as a Super Formula driver during a wet, crash-strewn qualifying session for this weekend's Autopolis round.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri scores second straight win

Mugen driver Tomoki Nojiri became Super Formula’s first back-to-back race winner in three years at Suzuka after poleman Nirei Fukuzumi suffered a puncture while leading.

Suzuka Super Formula: Fukuzumi scores maiden pole

Dandelion Racing's Nirei Fukuzumi scored his first career Super Formula pole at Suzuka, edging out fellow Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri by just under two tenths of a second.

Alesi named as Nakajima's Suzuka Super Formula replacement

Giuliano Alesi has been named as Kazuki Nakajima's replacement at TOM'S for next weekend's second round of the Super Formula season at Suzuka.

Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri wins tense season opener Fuji
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Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri wins tense season opener

Tomoki Nojiri converted pole position into victory in a tense first race of the new Super Formula season at Fuji Speedway.

Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri on pole with Yamamoto out in Q1

Mugen Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri scored the first pole position of the 2021 Super Formula season at Fuji Speedway, as defending champion Naoki Yamamoto was sensationally knocked out in Q1.

Alesi grateful for "special" TOM'S Super Formula chance

Giuliano Alesi says he's relishing the chance to race for TOM'S in Super Formula this season as a replacement for Kazuki Nakajima, but admits he "doesn't know what to expect" from his debut.