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Cassidy wins first Japanese F3 race at Motegi

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Japanese F3

Photo: Japanese F3

TOM’s driver Nick Cassidy took his second consecutive win in Japanese F3 in race one of round two at Motegi.

Cassidy led a TOM’s 1-2 with teammate Kenta Yamashita, having passed him for the lead on the opening lap.

Yamashita started the race from pole and tried to chop in front of Cassidy off the line, but the Kiwi managed to pull alongside into turn one.

The two ran side-by-side for several corners before Cassidy eventually claimed the spot.

From that point on, the two checked out from the rest of the field, with Yamashita staying within a few tenths of Cassidy but never quite mounting a challenge.

Mitsunori Takaboshi was best of the rest behind the two, while HFDP duo Nirei Fuzukumi and Tsubasa Takahashi took fourth and fifth.

Lucas Ordonez completed the points-scoring top six, while Ai Miura claimed the National class win in tenth.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Cl. Time/Gap
1 Nick Cassidy Petronas Team TOM’S C 14 laps in 24:48.019
2 Kenta Yamashita Petronas Team TOM’S C +0.775
3 Mitsunori Takaboshi B-MAX Racing C +4.828
4 Nirei Fukuzumi HFDP Racing C +7.626
5 Tsubasa Takahashi HFDP Racing C +14.016
6 Lucas Ordonez B-MAX Racing C +14.752
7 Struan Moore KCMG C +17.045
8 Keishi Ishikawa Toda Racing C +17.651
9 Tairoku Yamaguchi Tairoku Hanashima Racing C +26.483
10 Ai Miura Exedy Racing Team N +53.970
11 Ryo Ogawa TOM’S N +55.663
12 Dragon B-MAX Racing N +1:16.035
13 Masaru Miura CMS N +1:16.355
14 Motoyoshi Yoshida RSS with B-MAX C +1:38.036
15 Guillaume Cunnington FSC Motorsport N +1 lap
Not classified
Alex Yang KRC Hanashima Racing N +7 laps