NEWS & RACES
2022.03.28Comments from Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director and Ren Sato and Atsushi Miyake, Drivers, after FUJI official test (Video JP only)
2022.03.24Atsushi Miyake was boosted by his first run at Fuji Speedway in preparation for the season opener
The second official test of the 2022 Super Formula Championship was held at Fuji Speedway over two days from 22nd to 23rd March. The venue, which hosts the opening round of the season, has many different characteristics to the previous test at Suzuka circuit.
Day 1 began cold and wet. Due to the very wet conditions at the start of Session 1 many cars opted not to run. However, Miyake, in car no. 55, joined the track at the 10.10am start time and turned a series of cautious laps through the standing water, but conditions worsened as the rain turned to sleet. After six laps Miyake returned to the pit and the team spent the remainder of the day practising tyre changes and pit work.
When sleet turned to snow on the afternoon of the first day, Session 2 was cancelled. However, on Day 2, 23rd March, the weather had cleared at Fuji Speedway.
Sessions 3 and 4 on Day 2 saw some good testing in preparation for the season opener with many short and long runs, race simulations, as well as other tests, being completed – none of which had been able to take place on Day 1 due to the very short amount of time on track.
The position and best time overall was 14th with a time of 1:21.799
Atsushi Miyake, Driver, #55
“On Day 1 track conditions were so bad I could not drive at all. I did six laps, but my sole concentration was spent trying not to spin out. Today, Day 2, we practised qualifying in the morning and long runs in the afternoon in preparation for the race. Because we were unable to run yesterday the mechanics worked hard on various simulations to give me the best opportunity in the short time available. This allowed me to see what was still needed and to clarify the issues we had to solve before the opening race. It was my first time at Fuji in a Super Formula car, but I was able to produce a time not too far behind the leaders in the long runs. Please continue to give me your support.”
Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director
“In the morning Miyake’s car, No. 55, struggled a little with set-up, but he was able to run good times in Sector 3, which is generally said to be difficult at Fuji, so I am hoping we can successfully correlate this with the good data from Ren’s no. 53 car. We were also able to have good pace in the afternoon’s long run so we can identify and solve any further issues and look forward to the start of the season. I am sure we will be able to have a good race.”
Shintaro Okajima, Engineer, #55
“Yesterday, on Day 1, we began, but due to the rain we were forced to stop which enabled us to practice team and pit work instead. On Day 2 with the set-ups we had prepared, the performance was only fair, so we tried several test options and came up with some good and bad points, but overall I think we improved a lot compared to the Suzuka test.
We also ran simulations on pit operations and now we will go away and hold more team meetings so that we can focus on our responsibilities and improve our overall performance in readiness for the start of the season.”
2022.03.24Ren Sato recorded the fastest lap time in Session 3 at Fuji Speedway
The official 2-day test of the 2022 SUPER FORMULA Championship was held at Fuji Speedway on 22nd and 23rd March.
As Fuji is to host the opening round of the 2022 Championship, this final pre-season test was seen as the most important of all.
Ren Sato, car no. 53, did not take to the track in the morning’s Session 1. Subsequently due to severe weather conditions with snowfall in the afternoon, Session 2 was cancelled.
With calm conditions and under clear skies, in stark contrast to the previous day, and with temperatures still at 0°C, Session 3 on Day 2 began on time at 9.50am. No sooner had the session started than car no. 53 took to the circuit with only a slight headwind on the home straight to contend with.
The team had opted to do short runs in the morning and nearing the end of the session, on lap 39, when out on a set of new tyres, Sato recorded a time of 1:21.815.
(If equal lap times are recorded, the order set by the time at which the lap was recorded)
During the afternoon’s Session 4 the team worked on their long run set-up before reverting to the shorter runs in the latter half of the afternoon, but with track surface temperatures rapidly cooling they struggled to warm up the tyres and eventually the session had to be red flagged bringing the Fuji test to a premature end.
Ren Sato, Driver, #53
“On the second day we began the morning concentrating on short runs and recorded the fastest lap in Session 3 which was great. We worked on long run simulations in the afternoon in preparation for the race as well as practising our starts and pit work. We encountered some issues which we were able to address in order to improve them before the start of the season. Fuji is not only my favourite track, but it’s also our first race and this test has given me a great deal of confidence so I want to use it to make sure we get a good result.”
Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director
“We spent today’s morning session working on short run set-up and made a significant step forward as we were able to record the fastest time equalling the leader of the session. We did race simulation in the afternoon as well as a long run test which showed up some issues. Unfortunately when we tried to push on the new tyres the track temperature had significantly dropped which meant we struggled to heat up the tyres and get any grip. Then came a red flag before Sato could finish his hot lap, but all in all it was a very productive test which increases my expectations for the start of the season.”
Ryan Dingle, Engineer, #53.
“Having had to forego a run on the first day, Ren showed his speed with a good set of short runs during the morning of the second day. We started the afternoon with a long run set-up, but encountered some problems and lost a bit of time so we switched back to the short set-up and were able to turn some good times on used tyres just as we had experienced in the morning. But setting a hot lap on new tyres was difficult because of the very low track temperatures, then half way through the session we were thwarted by a red flag which brought everything to an abrupt end.
Overall I believe it was a very positive test; we were able to reaffirm the good points learned at our Suzuka test by doing practice starts, pit outs as well as out-lap preparations for the race. Consequently most of the base set-up has been completed, although there is still room for improvement and refinement before the start of the season as we need to make further detailed adjustments for the actual race.
Since the opening round of the Championship is a double-header, I want to get as far ahead with qualifying as possible in order to get some good points on the table, then I hope we can aim even higher in the second race.”
2022.03.05TEAM GOH’s inaugural run in formula cars at a 30-minute Free Practice Session held at the Suzuka Motorsport Fan Fest held on Saturday, 5th March