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.
|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|
|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|
|14||Motoyoshi Yoshida||RSS with B-MAX||C||+1:38.036|
|15||Guillaume Cunnington||FSC Motorsport||N||+1 lap|
|Alex Yang||KRC Hanashima Racing||N||+7 laps|