October 21, 2013


All-Japan F3 Championship Rounds 14-15 Race Report

October 19-20, Fuji Speedway (Shizuoka prefecture) - Rounds 14 and 15 of the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship were held at Fuji Speedway, where Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP) driver Mitsunori Takaboshi (#23) took a lights-to-flag victory in Round 15, the final race of the season.

This meet was held as a support race for Round 6 of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Having already secured the season title, Takaboshi entered the final race as champion. Showing off his speed from the practice session, he recorded the top qualifying time and attained pole position for both races.

Round 14 began at 2:50pm on Saturday the 19th. Takaboshi was hoping for a rocket start, but machine trouble prevented him from staying on top, and he eventually found himself at the bottom of the pack. He worked his way back up to second place during the first lap, but he was unable to make the final push to the top spot, and crossed the finish line in second.

Round 15, the final race of the season got underway at 8:00am on Sunday the 20th. Rain had been falling continuously since the previous night, forcing a race that would be run under wet conditions, but Takaboshi attained a fantastic start, avoiding making the same mistakes he had made the previous day. Though comparatively underpowered, he even crept up on the Championship-class machines. By the middle of the race, he was been pulled away from the class, but already had opened up a sizeable gap to the cars behind, and when the flag dropped, the gap was no less than 35 seconds. Takaboshi had succeeded in closing the final race of the season with a lights-to-flag victory as series' champion.

Mitsunori Takaboshi (Round 14: 2nd, Round 15: Winner)
“In Round 14, I lost ground at the start, and though I tried my best I made a lot of mistakes and was really mad at myself for not being able to get back to first place. For Round 15, I made sure I avoided the same mistakes I had made in the previous race, while at the same time remembering the good start I had had at Motegi in the rain. Keeping these ideas in mind, I was able to get a good launch off the line. I built up some good distance between my car and the machines behind me, and I couldnft have asked for a better race. Starting the season off with consecutive victories was great, and even though my pace was thrown off midway through the season, it allowed me the chance to see what parts of my racing I needed to work on. I got my speed back toward the end of the season, which ultimately led to the championship. It was a great season.”

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All-Japan Formula 3 Championship Round 14
Pos No Machine Driver Time / Behind
1 38 PTT SPIRIT F307 Nanin Indra-Payoong 34:22.584
2 23 S Road NDDP F3 Mitsunori Takaboshi 1.832
3 6 Net Move Hanashima Racing Hiroshi Koizumi 31.468
All-Japan Formula 3 Championship Round 15
Pos No Machine Driver Time / Behind
1 23 S Road NDDP F3 Mitsunori Takaboshi 28'10.108
2 30 B-MAX¥F306 DRAGON 36.248
3 6 Net Move Hanashima Racing Hiroshi Koizumi 39.505


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