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Motegi Super Formula: Oyu gives Nakajima back-to-back poles

Following Naoki Yamamoto’s victory from pole on Saturday, it had been Oyu’s turn to take pleasure from the limelight on Sunday morning as he took the very best spot with a best effort of 1m30.313s in the Q2 pole shootout.

That has been enough to edge out Kondo Racing driver Sacha Fenestraz by 0.149 seconds.

“Winning a race is a very important factor, but taking pole in Japan’s fastest cars took me quite a long time,” said third-year driver Oyu, who qualified third on Saturday limited to his race to be ruined by gearshift issues.

“I was always playing targeting it, and everyone in the team worked so difficult for me personally and I’m glad I possibly could finally repay them for that.”

Both Nakajima drivers set the pace within their respective Q1 groups, Yamamoto doing this in Group A and Oyu in Group B, but come Q2 Yamamoto couldn’t find a remedy to his teammate’s pace, managing only eighth on the grid.

Championship leader Tomoki Nojiri (Mugen) was third, scoring one bonus point along the way, but Fenestraz’s two bonus points means the gap between your pair in the standings has narrowed to 29 points.

Fenestraz’s Kondo teammate Kenta Yamashita was fourth-fastest before Tadasuke Makino in the very best of the Dandelion Racing cars.

Ryo Hirakawa enjoyed his strongest qualifying showing because the opening round of the growing season at Fuji as he took sixth before his Impul teammate Yuhi Sekiguchi and old title rival Yamamoto.

Both of Team Goh’s rookies managed to get into Q2, with Atsushi Miyake taking ninth before Red Bull junior Ren Sato.

Nobuharu Matsushita (B-Max Racing) and Kamui Kobayashi (KCMG) completed the Q2 order.

Toyota’s traditional flagship team TOM’S had a morning to forget as both Giuliano Alesi and Ritomo Miyata didn’t ensure it is out of these respective Q1 groups, qualifying down in 18th and 19th respectively.

Ukyo Sasahara’s qualifying woes continued in the next Mugen car as he went off in to the gravel at the Turn 10 hairpin, causing a red flag in his Q1 group. He’ll start 21st and last because of this.

Motegi Super Formula (Rd. 8) – Q2 results:

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