Super Formula Japan

Auer and Ticktum take on Sugo for Super Formula

Dan Ticktum

#50 Lucas Auer (AUT – B-Max/Motopark Honda/M-TEC HR-417E)
Super Formula Championship position: 12th – 2 points – after 2 of 7 races

#15 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Mugen Honda/M-TEC HR-417E)
Super Formula Championship position: 13th – 1 point – after 2 of 7 races

This weekend sees Round 3 of the Super Formula Championship at Sportsland Sugo, the 3.737km (2.323 mile) facility. It is the rainy season in the Tohoku region, so weather could be a factor and Red Bull Juniors Dan Ticktum and Lucas Auer, both part of the Honda Formula Dream Project, are looking to move up the points table.

Lucas Auer ready for the challenge

"I believe it is a very tough track on driver and car," explained 24-year-old Austrian Auer, talking by phone from the train in Japan. "It is a fast, narrow circuit, very demanding and I am very much looking forward to it as one of the big challenges this season. I have only driven it in the simulator so far and I can't wait to try it."

"I think we have some work to do to improve our pace for qualifying. We know that from the races so far this season. That will be especially important here as passing will be very difficult."

"So we know we have to concentrate on that but as we improve the one-lap pace I am sure it will also help us with our race pace as well," asserted the B-Max/Motopark driver.

Dan Ticktum well prepared

"I like Sugo a lot, it is one of my favourites ever," enthused the 20-year-old Briton. "I was on the pace there quite quickly last year, my first time on track in a Super Formula car. In the race I had an unfortunate collision otherwise we were on for a good result."

"I have more experience since then obviously. The car has been getting better through the last two races and the track is quite similar to Autopolis so I think that what we learnt there will be good here. We can build on the pace we had there and the knowledge I have here from last year."

"The forecast is for rain so I hope that doesn't lead to a load of red flags in qualifying like at Autopolis. They have said that they will stop the clock this time for a red flag but of course you lose tyre temperature so it still wrecks things. That's of course the same for everyone and it is what it is. I'm really looking forward to the weekend and a bit of good luck this time," concluded the Mugen Honda driver.

Variation to Qualifying

Because the circuit is short, in order to give the drivers a better chance in qualifying, the 20 cars are divided into 2 groups of 10 in Q1. Instead of the normal 20 minutes for Q1, that time is cut to 10 minutes.

Sugo weekend schedule – all times JST (Japan Standard Time
 CEST +7)
Friday June 21st
12.40 – 13.40 Free Practice

Saturday June 22nd
09.00 – 10.00 Free Practice
13.20 – 13.30 (Q1 Group A)
13.40 – 13.50 (Q1 Group B)
14.00 – 14.07 (Q2)
14.17 – 14.24 (Q3)

Sunday June 23rd
09.10 – 09.40 Free Practice
14.20 Race – 68 Laps (250km)