NEWS & RACES

2022.08.25

Miyake finished the second round of Motegi in 15th place caused by slow start and jack-problem in the pit-stop

By having a slow start to Round 8 from his 9th position on the grid Miyake quickly lost a few places, but then during his pit stop on lap 27 further problems with his front jack meant he would finish the second round of Motegi in 15th place.

Atsushi Miyake, Driver No. 55

“After Round 7 on Saturday, my advisor, Takuya Izawa, pointed out some of the things wrong with my driving.  It was difficult to improve immediately this morning as qualifying for Round 8 was about to confront me, but I began to realise I was better at making good corrections in the right direction so the car settings were also better which enabled me to get through Q1,  I think it would have been more effective to make the car a bit quicker in Q2, but I did manage to secure 9th place, so it felt good to have a grid position in single figures, especially in view of the last few races.

I got off to a slow start in Round 8, however the balance of the car was good compared to that of my rivals and I could keep a good pace, but at my pit stop towards the end of the race I had a front jack problem and lost time which meant I would be unable to finish at the front.  However, having had to retire from the last two races due to contact, firstly it was good for me to take the chequered flag despite being at the back of the field, and secondly it was good to change the course of recent events.  I know my long race pace is still not as good as the leaders, but judging by Friday’s Free Practice and Saturday’s race I am sure we are heading in the right direction.  Our next races are in Suzuka, which is a circuit I have already raced as a rookie and I will do all I can to qualify in the top positions for both races.”

Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director

“In Round 8 Miyake qualified 9th, but lost a few positions at the start of the race.  His race pace after that was not bad so we followed the same strategy as No. 53, but pitted a little later.  Unfortunately there was a front jack malfunction during the pit stop resulting in Miyake returning to the track behind the whole field which was disappointing.  It was a shame too because both car No. 53 and No. 55 had the potential to score points.  On the positive side I think the direction in which we are going is the right one, we have proved we can compete well so we will continue our preparations for Suzuka.”

Shintaro Okajima, Engineer No. 55

“After reviewing the issues, including the set-up, which had given us problems during Round 7 on Saturday, I was happy we were able to get through Q1 in Round 8 on Sunday.  As for the Round 8 race, our long run set-up was the same as Saturday’s warm-up, so we did not improve on the problems.  With the double-header format it enabled us to improve both the performance and technical level of the car following the race in Round 7 which was good, but we still need to do more to improve on our performance in order to reduce the time gap to the leaders.

As far as our long race runs are concerned, the No. 53 car certainly has a better balance, so we will now go away and analyse that data in order to extract the good parts for us to use in Suzuka.”

2022.08.25

In Round 8 Ren Sato earned four points by starting in 10th and finishing 7th.

In Round 8 held at Motegi on Sunday 21 August Ren Sato earned four points by starting in 10th and finishing 7th.

Ren Sato, Driver No. 53

“I got a good start in Round 8 and managed to improve my position, but during running I created a flat spot on the right front tyre.

This caused some vibration, but I could retain my pace and we set a strategy to run a longer stint which worked out well as I was able to finish 7th.

Looking back at Round 8 I certainly felt I needed to be closer to the front of the starting grid for the race.  Now we will do all we can as a team to ensure we prepare well for Suzuka and give ourselves the best opportunity to secure a podium.”

Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director

“Ren qualified 10th for Round 8 on Sunday with a time of 30.750 seconds placing the No. 53 car in a position where we could compete for a good result.  In warm-up, using the set-up based on the previous day’s performance, we found a good direction which enabled Ren to make a good start in the race and gradually improve our position.

Ren’s race pace was good so we set our strategy to stay out long and at the end use up the OTS (Overtake System), but unfortunately Ren couldn’t overtake Sacha (Fenestraz).  The race itself was good, but our challenge is clear and that’s to qualify higher up the grid, so we’ll be ready for the final two rounds at Suzuka.”

Ryan Dingle, Engineer No. 53

“We did uncover some good findings which we were able to make good use of in Round 8’s race and Ren Sato had a good race pace.  He didn’t lose any positions at the start and I think he did well to hold off Matsushita on the second lap and keep his position; it was a clean race and also good from a strategic point of view.  Our next rounds are to be held in Suzuka, which is another circuit with different characteristics, but we will prepare well to make good use of what we learned here at Motegi.  Suzuka will be a double-header format again, but our aim is to be on the podium from the first race.”

 

2022.08.21

Atsushi Miyake in the No. 53 car started Round 7 in 16th position, but towards the end of the race he hit the car in front of him causing him to retire

The 2022 All-Japan Super Formula Championship held its first double-header event in April at the opening rounds of the Championship in Fuji, and on 20-21 August this format was replicated by holding Rounds 7 and 8 at Motegi.

Atsushi Miyake in the No. 53 car started Round 7 in 16th position, but towards the end of the race he hit the car in front of him causing him to retire.

Atsushi Miyake, Driver No. 55

“I know that Motegi is a difficult track to overtake on, so qualifying and the race start would be really important.  At the start of the Free Practice session on Friday I was able to keep in the top group, but by the middle of the session I was falling back and track conditions were constantly changing.

Following Friday’s Free Practice session I was able to identify some issues for qualifying for Round 7 on Saturday, but unfortunately I was unable to improve my time and due to lack of the correct set-up and not correcting my driving sufficiently, I finished 16th.  Having been able to run in the top group early in Friday’s Free Practice, despite the high temperatures and dusty track, I believe there is good potential in the car.”

Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director

With regard to Miyake in the No. 55 car, we were working in the same direction as the No. 53 car for qualifying in Round 7, consequently the results for both the No. 53 and No. 55 cars were similar meaning Miyake didn’t have the pace and finished up 16th.  It crossed my mind in the last few minutes on the grid to go with slicks, but then the rain increased and I made the decision at the last minute to go with wets.  Miyake struggled to quicken his pace in the race because after the Safety Car came in and he tried to get closer to the car ahead, the spray obstructed his vision and he hit the car in front forcing him to retire.

Shintaro Okajima, Engineer No. 55

“Despite there being some differences in conditions, the fastest time in Q1 qualifying for Round 7 was faster than the pole time set in last year’s Super Formula Motegi event, and I think we did not adjust enough for the conditions.

Because conditions were dry during warm-up we chacked the dry set-up for the race in Round 7.  We found a lot of understeer, which would impact our performance, so after our reconnaissance laps we made some changes on the grid to correct it, but then it turned into a wet race.

Miyake struggled to improve his pace in the early stages of the race, but he improved as he settled down.  Despite the changing conditions we were also able to improve the understeer and gather some good data.  For Round 8 on Sunday we knew we were not fast enough to compete with the leaders so we needed to review our qualifying and race set-up.

2022.08.21

Ren Sato started Round 7 in 15th place on the grid and in finishing 12th unfortunately scored no points

The 2022 All-Japan Super Formula Championship held its first double-header event in April at the opening rounds of the Championship in Fuji, and on 20-21 August this format was replicated by holding Rounds 7 and 8 at Motegi.

Driving the No. 53 TEAM GOH car Ren Sato started Round 7 in 15th place on the grid and in finishing 12th unfortunately scored no points.

Ren Sato, Driver No. 53

“I was unable to resolve the problems we had in Friday’s Free Practice session which resulted in a poor qualifying for Round 7 on Saturday where I ended up in 15th.

 

With the race on Saturday afternoon being the same day as Round 7’s qualifying, it made it very tough because due to rain the conditions were totally different.  We managed to finish the race in 12th, three positions higher than we had started, but looking back over the whole day it left us with issues in both the dry and the wet that needed resolving so we had a meeting on the Saturday evening to discuss how we could improve for Sunday’s Round 8.

Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director

“Beginning with Friday’s Free Practice we tried too many things with the set-up on Ren Sato’s No. 53 car and we just didn’t get it in the right place for qualifying.  Ren was able to set his best lap in qualifying, but we were lacking behind our competitors.

 

After our reconnaissance laps to the grid in Round 7 were over it started raining.  It became completely wet so we adjusted the set-up accordingly.  Managing the tyres and the conditions certainly turned it into a race of patience, but when Ren Sato was closing in on a points position towards the end of the race, he pushed too hard and unfortunately went off the track.  Regrettable, but also a learning experience.

Ren qualified 10th for Round 8 on Sunday with a time of 30.750 seconds placing the No. 53 car in a position where we could compete for a good result.  In warm-up, using the set-up based on the previous day’s performance, we found a good direction which enabled Ren to make a good start in the race and gradually improve our position.

 

Ren’s race pace was good so we set our strategy to stay out long and at the end use up the OTS (Overtake System), but unfortunately Ren couldn’t overtake Sacha (Fenestraz).  The race itself was good, but our challenge is clear and that’s to qualify higher up the grid, so we’ll be ready for the final two rounds at Suzuka.”

Ryan Dingle, Engineer No. 53

“Considering our Free Practice on Friday, Ren Sato’s qualifying time for Round 7 on Saturday was not bad, however the improvement made by our rivals was much better consequently we ended up in 15th.  The race was a wet one, the drivers couldn’t see in front of them due to the spray and tyre control was important so I think they all suffered.

 

We had a thorough discussion on Saturday evening about the points we regretted from Round 7 and by checking and examining the data we were able to improve the car for qualifying on Sunday for Round 8.  We managed to improve our starting position, but we still needed to get further ahead to make the race easier.”

 

2022.07.18

Atsushi Miyake was forced to retire right at the start of the race

Round 6 at Fuji Speedway4.563km

 

・16 July: Qualifying – P121’38.435)

Weather: Rain  Temperature: 22℃ Track Conditions: Wet, 24℃

・17 July: Race – DNF

Weather: Fine  Temperature: 27℃ Track Conditions: Dry, 37℃

TEAM GOH’s car no. 55, Atsushi Miyake, was starting from 12th on the grid on Sunday, 17th July, at Round 6 of the 2022 All Japan Super Formula Championship, but was forced to retire after suffering considerable damage in a multi-car accident right at the start of the race.

 

Atsushi Miyake, Driver

“I knew right from Saturday’s Free Practice that the car’s performance was good, but due to several yellow and red flags in the wet qualifying I was not able to attack when I needed to and finished up with a totally unsatisfactory time which placed me 12th on the grid.

 

Needless to say I was hoping the good feeling I had in the car during Free Practice would translate to the race and I would be able to move up from my lowly 12th place and obtain a podium finish. However, that was not to come to fruition because unfortunately just after the start of the race, at turn 1, I caused a multiple collision which sadly forced me to retire.

Our next race is at Motegi, and that is a track where it is very difficult to overtake, so I need to prepare well in order to be able start from the front of the grid.”

Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director

“Miyake having to start from 12th on the grid was caught up in an incident with multiple cars just after the start which caused damage to his front wing, the front control arm and the under panel of his car which resulted in his retirement.

 

But overall things are moving in the right direction, we just need to be more aggressive in order to get a rood result in our next round at Motegi.”

Shintaro Okajima, Engineer

“Being confronted with a wet FP1 in Fuji, we looked at the data from our wet set-up at Round 3 in Suzuka as well as the data from our opening round in Fuji where it had been dry, but where our performance had been very good. We raised the base set-up higher than we had previously had at the wet race in Suzuka and the findings were good in FP1.

 

Unfortunately in qualifying Miyake was unable to set a good time which disappointed me because I felt his 12th position did not reflect the real performance of the car. On Sunday morning in FP2 we took the base setting we had used in the 2022 opening rounds at Fuji and added slightly to them which provided a good balance to the car for the race, consequently it was such a shame to retire right after the race start.

 

We have a two-race event ahead of us at the next round in Motegi so we now need to focus really hard on the second half of the season.”

2022.07.18

Ren Sato finished Round 6 in 6th place, and gained 5 points

Round 6 at Fuji Speedway4.563km

 

・16 July: Qualifying – P16 (1’39.860)

Weather: Rain  Temperature: 22℃ Track Conditions: Wet, 24℃

・17 July: Race – P6

Weather: Fine  Temperature: 27℃ Track Conditions: Dry, 37℃

Having started from 16th on the grid in TEAM GOH’s car no. 53, Ren Sato enjoyed his third points scoring race of the season at Round 6 of the 2022 All Japan Super Formula Championship held at Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture on Sunday, 17th July. These were Sato’s first points since Round 3 in Suzuka, so his points tally for the season so far now stands at 10.

Ren Sato, Driver

“I believe I had a good race pace this weekend. I started 16th on the grid, but was able to recover to finish 6th in the race and certainly the timing of the Safety Car helped.

 

Unfortunately I made a mistake at the beginning of the race which left me with a tyre flat spot causing me to struggle in some areas, but I believe by improving a step at a time in order to avoid such errors I will be able to get even better results.

 

I will now focus on my own improvements and work with the team to prepare for our next round in Motegi so that I can aim for the podium.”

Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director

“It had been tough qualifying in the rain, but having started the race from 16th position and by making good use of the Safety Car, Ren Sato was able to improve his position.

 

He flat spotted one of the tyres right after the start of the race which meant he had a problem with the balance of the car and he lost a few positions, but as a driver I asked him to do his best so that I could delay his pit stop which gave us a better strategy.

 

We had our sights on a 5th place finish, but despite coming very close on the final lap, the overtake just didn’t happen although it was a very close call.

However, Ren Sato was able to climb up the grid from 16th to 6th and get some points which is not bad.”

Ryan Dingle, Engineer

“Due to a series of yellow and red flags caused by the wet conditions during qualifying, Ren Sato did not get the opportunity to properly attack when it mattered the most and that resulted in him dropping down to 16th position.

 

On Sunday in FP2, barring one or two small changes, our base set-up was similar to the one we had used at Fuji in the opening two rounds of the Championship and it was generally agreed the feeling and performance of the car were not bad.

 

However, starting from 16th position on Sunday in the race, in order to be competitive, we had to be fast on the straights which meant we had to reduce the downforce level we had used in FP2.

 

Flat spotting the tyre at the beginning of the race was a real pity because Ren lost a lot of time, but once the tyre recovered his pace was good and he was able to improve his position. Finishing 6th was not what we were aiming for, but considering Ren had started in 16th, it’s not bad.

 

For our next round at Motegi we will have to try more aggressive strategies right from the get-go in FP1; we have to aim for a high performance in order to get a podium finish.”

2022.06.20

Atsushi Miyake finished 18th after a disappointing qualifying result — With 18 points gained in the first half of the season, Miyake is aiming for a more consistent performance in the second half

18 June: Weather: Fine  Temperature: 28℃ Track Conditions: Dry, 44℃

Qualifying – P21(1’05.736)

22 May: Weather: Fine  Temperature: 30℃ Track Conditions: Dry, 43℃

Race – P18

 

Round 5 of the 2022 All-Japan Super Formula Championship was held on Sunday, 19th June. The 53-lap race held at SUGO saw TEAM GOH’s Atsushi Miyake take the chequered flag in 18th place after a poor qualifying session meant he would start from the back of the grid. Despite being a rookie, he has gained a total of 18 points in the first half of this season and will be aiming for a more consistent performance in the second half.

Atsushi Miyake, Driver

“On Saturday morning in FP1 I wasn’t in a very good position, so I tried to improve both my driving and the set-up for Q1, but it didn’t really help, and I ended up at the back in qualifying. We changed the settings for the long run in the race which proved easy to drive, however, SUGO is a very narrow circuit and due to the turbulence from the cars in front of me, I often lost downforce so I couldn’t improve my position. I think the fact we qualified last was the reason for our defeat this time around.”

 

“Looking back on the first half of the season I finished on the podium at Autopolis and gained 18 points from five races, but despite the ups there were downs both at Suzuka and here in SUGO. The next round at Fuji, my second visit after the season opener, will be significant as rankings are important, but I want to work even harder in the second half of the season in order to achieve more consistent results and compete at a higher level.”

Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director

“We bought a car here to SUGO which we felt would suit Miyake’s driving style and it wasn’t far off, but the changing conditions for qualifying caused problems which resulted in giving Miyake difficulties with car set-up. During the race, a car in front of Miyake caused turbulence which gave him aero problems so he couldn’t really push hard, but despite this Miyake said his car was very drivable. We discussed qualifying and how it is key to race position and the fact that you need to be in front.”

 

“Sascha Fenestraz, who excelled today, was behind Miyake after the pit-stop and was unable to overtake for the entire race. That’s the biggest difficulty here in SUGO, it’s a narrow circuit and you have to qualify well in order to lead the race; as a rookie Team Director this is something I’ve learned.”

 

“As a team we got to understand the drivers and what they wanted from their cars in the first half of the season. Now we are trying new things and hoping the second half of the season will bring us a turnaround in the points standings. Even though our drivers are rookies, I’m hoping we can get on the podium and even aim for a win.”

Shintaro Okajima, Engineer

“We didn’t bring a good set-up here to SUGO which meant we weren’t able to solve the problems before qualifying. However, the qualifying session for our No. 53 sister car was relatively good, so we used their data for reference for FP2 on Sunday morning. We reviewed the aero balance and the mechanical set-up and it greatly improved the problems we had incurred on the first day so we went into the race without making any major changes. Kamui Kobayashi was in front of Miyake during the race which meant he incurred a lot of turbulence. However, when he wasn’t in the bad air the performance of the car was high and I received some good feedback from Miyake on how he felt in the car. This means we have found a good race set-up here in SUGO, but we still had some issues with our performance in the qualifying short runs.”

“The first half of the season was full of ups and down for Miyake in the No. 55 car. As a rookie to get on the podium in his fourth race must have been a good confidence boost for him, but we still need more podiums in the second half of the season to win the championship. We will now review the good and bad points from the first half of the season in order to prepare for the second half.”

2022.06.20

Ren Sato finished Round 5 in 16th place — Having gained a total of just 5 points in the first half of the 2022 season, Sato is eager to finish on the podium in the second half

18 June: Weather: Fine  Temperature: 28℃ Track Conditions: Dry, 44℃

Qualifying – P11 (1’05.535)

19 June: Weather: Fine  Temperature: 30℃ Track Conditions: Dry, 43℃

Race – P16

 

Sunday, 19th June, saw Sportsland SUGO, in Miyagi Prefecture, host Round 5 of the 2022 All-Japan Super Formula Championship. Ren Sato, at the wheel of TEAM GOH’s No. 53 car, started the race from 10th, one place higher than his qualifying position due to a grid penalty served on another competitor. Having finished the 53-lap race in 16th position, he now heads into the second half of the season with a total of five points.

Ren Sato, Driver

“I had very good pace in sectors 1 and 2 in my first qualifying attempt in SUGO, but I made a mistake in sector 3 which left me with a disappointing result. In Sunday’s race I kept pushing, but towards the end I overdid it, spun, and finished in 16th place.”

 

“Looking back on the first half of the season, my qualifying at the opening round in Fuji was good, but then my performance dropped away. However, here in SUGO my qualifying performance improved, and I felt I had made a step forward.  Also at each race my starts are

getting better, so returning to Fuji next month, where I got a front row start at the opening round, I want to qualify up front, get a good start and aim for the podium.”

Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director

“We have made it clear right through the last four rounds, from Fuji, through Suzuka and Autopolis to here at Sugo that we wanted to produce a car that suited Ren’s driving style as well as the car’s performance.  Our direction was right, but there were things we hadn’t finished in the 90-minute FP1 session. However, we got through Q1 and in Q2 Ren showed his amazing speed with some aggressive driving in sectors 1 and 2 and although he unfortunately went off the track in sector 3, he showed us hope, and we were able to prove here in SUGO we are going in the right direction. As Team Director I regret the fact the race went in a conservative direction, but once again Ren has taught me we have to be aggressive, and in our next race in Fuji I want to keep pushing hard.”

 

“As a team we got to understand the drivers and what they wanted from their cars in the first half of the season. Now we are trying new things and hoping the second half of the season will bring us a turnaround in the points standings. Even though our drivers are rookies, I’m hoping we can get on the podium and even aim for a win.”

Ryan Dingle, Engineer

“The car I brought here to Sugo had a different set-up and the adjustments were completed well before qualifying. I think we competed quite well in qualifying although Ren lost his rhythm and made a mistake in sector 3 which resulted in an unexpected position. I think Ren made a good start in the race, but two safety car incidents in the first 10 laps meant we had to decide whether to stay out or box (pit).  I chose to box because I thought there was a good chance there would be another safety car incident. Initially Ren was unable to drive at his own pace, but as the new tyres kicked in, and determined to finish in the points, and I think I pushed him too hard which caused him to spin, and for that I am very sorry.  It was the second time this season I’ve made a mistake in choosing the wrong strategy which means I have a lot of work to do in the upcoming races.”

 

“Our next round this season takes us back to Fuji. We will bring a car with a good set-up and try from the start of qualifying to be as far ahead as possible in order to have a good race.”

2022.05.23

Gearbox problems beset Ren Sato in Autopolis

21 May: Weather: Fine  Temperature: 21℃ Track Conditions: Dry, 33℃

Qualifying – P12 (1’25.429)

22 May: Weather: Fine  Temperature: 24℃ Track Conditions: Dry, 44℃

Race – P17

 

TEAM GOH’s Ren Sato, driving car No. 53, began the 42-lap race from the 6th row of the grid, but unfortunately on lap 40 he was forced to climb out of the car due to gearbox problems. However, he was listed in the race classification having completed more than the compulsory 37 laps.

Ren Sato, Driver #53

“I had a good start, but in turn 3 on the opening lap trying to avoid contact with other cars, I ran off the track which dropped me down to 18th position. I was then in a race to catch up from the back of the pack and was running in 12th position when I developed gearbox problems and unfortunately could not take the chequered flag.

 

Having completed 40 laps of the 42-lap race it has enabled us to gather a lot of data which has given us the information we need relating to the car’s sensitivity and how that matches up with my driving style. Now I will work hard with the team to translate that into building the car we need to give me the opportunity of qualifying at the front of the field for our next round in SUGO.”

Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director

“Despite having good race pace, Ren Sato in the #53 car, was unable to complete the 42 laps due to a gearbox issue.

 

I think going off track at Turn 3 on the opening lap, which cost him a lot of positions, will ultimately prove to be the reason for losing today’s race, but we will check everything and analyse the data carefully in preparation for our next race in SUGO.”

Ryan Dingle, Engineer #53

“I believe Ren’s start today was so far the best of our four races. We need to revisit what happened on the opening lap in turns 1 and 3, but it resulted in losing a lot of positions and having to fight from the back of the grid. It was also unfortunate that on the restart after the second safety car Ren had to endure a number of difficult laps behind a slower car and ultimately encountered gearbox problems, the cause of which we will now investigate.

We are all very happy as a team to see Miyake in Car #55 finish on the podium in 3rd place today. It gives us the motivation and momentum we need to prepare for the next round in SUGO so that Ren’s Car #53 can follow in Miyake’s footsteps.”

2022.05.23

Rookie Atsushi Miyake took third place and his first podium finish!

21 May: Weather: Fine  Temperature: 21℃ Track Conditions: Dry, 33℃

Qualifying – P5(1’24.964)

22 May: Weather: Fine  Temperature: 24℃ Track Conditions: Dry, 44℃

Race – P3

Round 4 of the 2022 All-Japan Super Formula Championship took place on Sunday, 22nd May, at Autopolis in Oita prefecture, and saw rookie driver, Atsushi Miyake, in TEAM GOH’s No. 55 car, successfully achieve his first podium finish in 3rd place. It also secured TEAM GOH their first podium finish at the fourth round of the championship.

 

Miyake was to start the race from the third row of the grid in 5th place, his highest qualifying position of the championship, however the race start was somewhat chaotic and he lost two positions, but he kept up a good race pace which he was able to consistently maintain.

 

Several of the cars took their pit stops after completing the mandatory 10 laps, but Miyake was running faster than his rivals so his race strategy was changed and he stayed out longer.

 

After completing 32 laps Miyake was the last of the 21 cars to take his pit stop and change tyres. The pit stop took 8.3 seconds, not exactly fast, but on new tyres he managed to get back out on track in front of Tomoki Nojiri winning the out-lap battle on cold tyres and putting him in a position to finish on the podium in 3rd place.

Together with new tyres and being lighter on fuel, Miyake not only set the fastest time in sector 3 on lap 34 giving him the fastest lap of 1.28.747 on lap 35, but he also set the best time in sector 1 on lap 37 all of which enabled him to finish the 42-lap race in 3rd place.

Atsushi Miyake, Driver #55

“Starting 5th on the third row of the grid I felt gave me a really great chance.

 

Unfortunately I didn’t get the best of starts and lost a couple of places, but after 10 laps I could see my pace was faster than the cars around me, so we changed our strategy and decided to go long before pitting.

 

Although my pace was good, there were many places on track where I was having problems so managing my tyres was difficult, but I was getting really good advice on every lap from Engineer Okajima and Driving Advisor Izawa which enabled me to manage the tyres and I think that’s why I was able to finish third.

 

My thanks go not only to everyone on my team, but to the team as a whole, as we were able to secure this 3rd place podium.

 

Now to make preparations for the next round in SUGO, which, just like Autopolis, is another circuit I have never raced a Super Formula car at before, so I will be sure to create my best opportunities from the beginning of race week in order to avoid a repeat of the round I had in Suzuka! My thanks for your support.”

Masashi Yamamoto, Team Director

“After starting from 5th position Miyake took an impressive 3rd place podium finish. The entire team worked as one and I am delighted we were able to get on the podium.

 

Miyake himself had found a good set-up from Free Practice 2 and Warm-up, and his race pace was really good so it was easy to find a good strategy. I would like to thank the entire team, the drivers and everyone.”

Shintaro Okajima, Engineer, #55

“In the morning during FP2 things were not progressing well and Miyake was not happy with his driving. Then, during a short red flag period, we found something which we analysed in the data and adjusted the set-up for the race.

 

I was a bit worried during warm-up, but after some advice I received from Driving Advisor Izawa I decided to begin the race without any further changes to the set-up and hoped that my driving experience would get me through.

 

The initial race pace was tough, but once the tyre pressure increased the pace really picked up and we were running really well so we decided against the early pit-stop option.

 

Miyake was also battling on track with Nojiri, but after building a solid gap I decided to make the pit stop to get on the podium.

 

By opting for the later pit stop, going out on new tyres and being lighter on fuel we were able not only to set the fastest lap time, but to give TEAM GOH their first podium finish; it was a very good weekend.

 

Now we will prepare well for the next round in SUGO.”