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Matsushita pushed Nakajima’s Toshiki Oyu to the top by 0.182 seconds, giving only the second series pole to one Honda costume B-Max, and for the first time since separating from the previous partner team Moto Park. Became the pole of.

For Matsushita, who was only 14th fastest in free practice after using the setup carried over from the previous round at Motegi, it followed a troubled morning.

However, changes were made in time for the start of qualifying, the # 51 B-Max machine changed completely, and Matsushita wanted to praise team boss Satoshi Motoyama (four-time Formula Nippon champion) and engineers. Yasuhiro Tasaka.

“I wasn’t feeling well in free practice, so I thought I wasn’t feeling well for the qualifying as a team,” Matsushita said.

“The first quarter of Motegi’s dry was fast, so I thought I should use an evolution of that setup, [in free practice] It wasn’t good at all. I tried a lot, but none of them worked.

“After practice, I decided,’This is definitely!’ And fortunately everything started to click. The moment I left the pit and hit the truck [in qualifying]I found that the car feels different.

“Because we are a team of one, unlike the other teams, we can’t compare the data of the two cars, which is a bit of a disadvantage. But we’ve taken a great step and would like to thank the team. . “

Nobuharu Matsushita, B-Max Racing Team

Photo: Masahide Kamio

Paul of Suzuka put Matsushita and B-Max in a strong position and won his first victory in Super Formula. His season has so far featured strong races from a generally mediocre grid position.

Former Formula Two racer’s only last last third quarter appearance of the season was the August Motegi round. There he passed the qualifying and finished third in the procession race.

“Starting with the pole and keeping the lead in the first two corners, the rest is the race pace,” Matsushita said. “Suzuka is a difficult course to overtake, and I don’t think it will be overtaken if everything goes well, but I will do my best with confidence and vigilance.”

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Nobuharu Matsushita praises “great” B-Max steps

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