Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa leads Palou in practice

Rachit Thukral
Motorsport

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Palou (Nakajima Racing) managed to successfully return on track towards the end of practice after getting beached in the gravel at the 20-minute mark. 

The Spaniard’s off-track excursion necessitated a red flag that lasted nearly 15 minutes, and forced race control to extend the session by five minutes.

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held the top spot for TOM’S with a time of 1m33.467s.

climbed to the top with his 1m33.338s flyer.

Hirakawa deposed him during the five-minute extension to end quickest in practice, while a flurry of quick times from others left O’Ward seventh.

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(Inging) and the aforementioned O’Ward.

(Mugen).

wound up 17th and 18th respectively after both elected not to run the faster soft tyre.

Practice results:

1

Japan
Japan

Ryo Hirakawa

Team Impul

1'31.925

2

Spain
Spain

Alex Palou

TCS Nakajima Racing

1'32.301

0.376

3

Japan
Japan

Kenta Yamashita

Kondo Racing

1'32.315

0.390

4

Japan
Japan

Yuhi Sekiguchi

Team Impul

1'32.449

0.524

5

Japan
Japan

Tadasuke Makino

TCS Nakajima Racing

1'32.710

0.785

6

Japan
Japan

Sho Tsuboi

JMS P.mu/cerumo-INGING

1'32.961

1.036

7

Mexico
Mexico

Patricio O'Ward

Team Mugen

1'33.338

1.413

8

Japan
Japan

Kazuki Nakajima

Vantelin Team TOM'S

1'33.445

1.520

9

Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Artem Markelov

UOMO Sunoco Team LeMans

1'33.446

1.521

10

Japan
Japan

Tomoki Nojiri

Team Mugen

1'33.503

1.578

11

Japan
Japan

Koudai Tsukakoshi

Real Racing

1'33.783

1.858

12

Japan
Japan

Kazuya Oshima

UOMO Sunoco Team LeMans

1'33.90

1.975

13

Austria
Austria

Lucas Auer

B-MAX with Motopark

1'33.941

2.016

14

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Harrison Newey

B-MAX with Motopark

1'33.943

2.018

15

Japan
Japan

Nirei Fukuzumi

DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing

1'34.042

2.117

16

Japan
Japan

Hiroaki Ishiura

JMS P.mu/cerumo-INGING

1'34.354

2.429

17

Japan
Japan

Naoki Yamamoto

DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing

1'34.559

2.634

18

New Zealand
New Zealand

Nick Cassidy

Vantelin Team TOM'S

1'34.577

2.652

19

Japan
Japan

Yuji Kunimoto

Kondo Racing

1'34.790

2.865

20

Japan
Japan

Kamui Kobayashi

carrozzeria Team KCMG

1'35.134

3.209

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