April 15, 2013


All-Japan Formula 3 Championship, Rounds 1 & 2 Race Report

Suzuka Circuit, Mie prefecture (13-14th April,2013) - The 1st and 2nd rounds of the All-Japan F3 Championship were held at Suzuka Circuit, with Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP) member Mitsunori Takaboshi (#23) making a textbook start to secure two wins in a row.

Takaboshi, who participated as an NDDP driver in Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ) until last year, made the jump to F3 this season. He is contesting the N Class of the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship with NDDP RACING, under the tutelage of coach Masahiro Hasemi. Takaboshi has already shown his pace by posting the top time during the recent pre-season joint test, where he was ahead by a wide margin. In qualifying for the opening round he was equally convincing, maintaining a one-second gap over his rival in 2nd place before the demanding session was halted early due to red flags.

Round 1 got underway at 15:27 on Saturday, April 13th. Takaboshi got off to a slow start, but by the 1st corner on the second lap, had regained the top spot. The machines in 2nd place and behind put on an intense display, with cars sliding off track in their furious attempts to take the position. Takaboshi meanwhile, concentrated on his own driving. After setting his fastest lap on lap 5, he maintained his gap at the front with a quicker pace than his rivals, completing his F3 debut with a class victory.

Round 2 was held on Sunday, April 14th. However this time, Takaboshi made a successful start where he had failed the day before, diving into the first corner in the lead. In the early stages, the cars in second place and behind kept up with the NDDP driver, but as the laps wound down, the gap grew larger and larger. While some cars' pace was slowed by tire degradation from trying to run a greater number of tours than in the previous round, Takaboshi maintained his position, running stably. During the latter half of the race, he continued to build the gap at a rate of one second per lap, so that by the end of 17 laps, he took his second victory by a margin of 14 seconds.

Mitsunori Takaboshi: (Round 1: Winner, Round 2: Winner)
“Although I failed at the start of the first round I analyzed what caused the failure, and received advice from coach Hasemi as I went into the second round. While this can't be called a complete success, I was able to go into the 1st corner in the top spot. Despite running on my own throughout the majority of both races, I never made any mistakes and kept in mind my objective of building the gap by a second every lap. The next round is at Motegi, a track I excel at, so I will try to overcome the challenges I found this time around, and win while building up an even greater gap over the other cars.‘

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[ Race Results ] - Round 1
Pos No Machine Driver Time / Behind
1 23 S Road NDDP F3 Mitsunori Takaboshi 23'29.865
2 38 PTT SPIRIT F307 Nanin Indra-Payoong 5.627
3 30 B-MAX•F306 DRAGON 44.482
[ Race Results ] - Round 2
Pos No Machine Driver Time / Behind
1 23 S Road NDDP F3 Mitsunori Takaboshi 33'23.381
2 38 PTT SPIRIT F307 Nanin Indra-Payoong 14.248
3 6 Net Move Hanashima Racing Hiroshi Koizumi 21.477

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