NISSAN MOTORSPORTS

August 5, 2013

NISSAN'S TAKABOSHI PROGRESSING TOWARD TITLE

All-Japan F3 Championship Rounds 10 - 11 Race Report

Twin Ring Motegi, Tochigi prefecture (August 3-4, 2013) - Rounds 10 and 11 of the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship were held at Twin Ring Motegi, where Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP) driver Mitsunori Takaboshi (#23) took his ninth win of the season in the 10th round.

Coming to Motegi, Takaboshi had won eight of his nine races so far, and would take the series' title with four rounds remaining if he was able to extend his lead over second place by another 10 points. In Friday's free practice, he posted the second best time in his class, but revised the set-up on the car and his driving by the time qualifying was underway, taking pole for both rounds. He had come one step closer to taking the title.

Round 10 started at 15:50 on the 3rd (Sat.). Takaboshi got off to a good start, holding onto the top spot. On lap 3, an accident behind him left cars strewn across the track, necessitating the safety car. The race was restarted after lap 5, and he handled his first F3 restart with aplomb, maintaining his position in the lead without any threat from his rivals all the way to the flag, taking his ninth win of the season.

In Round 11, held on the 4th (Sun.), he fumbled the start and dropped well down the order, but after two laps had climbed back up to second place. For the remaining 18 laps, he chased the leading car. There was light rain in the middle of the race, and he used the slightly damp track to help close the gap to the machine ahead. However, near the end of the race, his tires were worn and he was unable to increase his pace, finishing second. Though he was unable to clinch the series' title this weekend, he enters the next round at SUGO with a substantial lead in the points.

Mitsunori Takaboshi (Round 10: Winner, Round 11: 2nd)
“In Round 10, I was able to handle the restart well after the safety car left the track, and take the win, but in Round 11, I fumbled the start for the first time in awhile. I did my best to recover, but wasn't able to sufficiently improve my overall pace, and it was all I could do to get up to second place. In order to ensure things don't turn out like this again in the next round at SUGO, I want to figure out why my pace was poor so I can win and clinch the title.’

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[ Race Results ] - Rd.10
Pos No Machine Driver Time / Behind
1 23 S Road NDDP F3 Mitsunori Takaboshi 29'02.608
2 30 B-MAX•F306 DRAGON 15.293
3 11 Nova with IMM F306 Shohei Yuzawa 15.466
[ Race Results ] - Rd.11
Pos No Machine Driver Time / Behind
1 38 PTT SPIRIT F307 Nanin Indra-Payoong 36'56.323
2 23 S Road NDDP F3 Mitsunori Takaboshi 9.449
3 6 Net Move Hanashima Racing Hiroshi Koizumi 24.589

 

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