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Kamui Kobayashi struggles with 2020 Super Formula “Rhythm” – Motorsports

Kobayashi participated in the 2020 campaign with the ambition of winning his first Super Formula victory, but scored one point at the start of five times and won the worst championship in four seasons with the KCMG team.

The 34-year-old, 34, played three times in the third quarter in five attempts, but didn’t score points before finishing fourth in the first race of the Suzuka doubleheader.

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Kobayashi was forced to miss the race between Okayama and Autopolis in the Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship, and the intensifying competition in Super Formula means that the combination of the two series is becoming more difficult. believe.

“Honestly, I missed a few races and it’s a little hard to get the rhythm,” Kobayashi told Motorsport.com. “We knew these races weren’t easy because they were so tight in terms of lap times and performance, but this is not something we can do.

“OhOur priority is always WEC. You can’t do a full attack with Super Formula anyway. And when I’m doing both Super Formula and SUPER GT, I’m always racing on this type of track and there aren’t many practice sessions, so it’s much better.

“I can manage it because I have experience, but it is very difficult to do Super Formula and missed races. To compete for the title, I have to do all the races.”

Kamui Kobayashi, KCMG

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KCMG ran the second car for the first time this season, and 2016 series champion Yuji Kunimoto participated in the race, winning the podium for the first time in two years at the Suzuka Circuit and finishing in 9th place.

“That was a good help,” said Kobayashi, who has Kunimoto as his teammate. “It would have been much more difficult if one driver hadn’t been in the other car all the time.”

Not only did Kobayashi skip this year’s Super Formula race twice, but he also missed the first two tests to allow Toyota’s 2021 Le Mans hypercar candidate to race in Japan.

Despite recent announcements Super Formula has rescheduled the Okayama round to avoid a conflict with WEC’s visit to Fuji.Kobayashi believes that the problem will remain in 2021 when trying to combine the two series.

When asked about his plans for next year, he said, “Still under discussion. I think there are travel restrictions, but this is the biggest problem. Now I have to miss the race.

“I might be able to do a few races, but it’s not easy to fight in such a tight field.”

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