Six Honda Teams Qualify for Suzuka 8 Hours Top 10 Trial -Team HRC on top

Six Honda Teams Qualify for Suzuka 8 Hours Top 10 Trial -Team HRC on top

06.08.2022: 43rd “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Suzuka 8 Hours 2022 Timed qualifying and night sessions for 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race (Suzuka 8 Hours) on Friday, August 5. Free practice sessions for the Suzuka 4 Hours held on th



43rd “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours
Suzuka 8 Hours 2022




Timed qualifying and night sessions for 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race (Suzuka 8 Hours) on Friday, August 5.



Free practice sessions for the Suzuka 4 Hours held on the previous day were marred by intermittent showers, which lingered into Friday morning as the two-hour free practice session for the Suzuka 8 Hours commenced at 8:10am. From 12:10pm, team riders were designated as blue, yellow and red riders for two separate 20-minute qualifying sessions each.

 

In the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC), starting grid positions are determined by the average best lap of each team’s three riders. Two riders from the top ten teams then proceed to the Top 10 Trial to be held on August 6 to determine the final starting grid.



In the morning’s free practice session, Team HRC (Tetsuta Nagashima / Takumi Takahashi / Iker Lecuona) led the field as Tetsuta Nagashima set the fastest lap time of 2 min 5.823 s, which went unchallenged. Third fastest was ♯73 SDG Honda Racing (Teppei Nagoe / Naomichi Uramoto / Ikuhiro Enokido) with 2 min 6.838 s.



In the 2 min 7 s range, ♯5 F.C.C. TSR Honda France (Josh Hook / Gino Rea / Mike Di Meglio) was sixth-fastest, ♯17 Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing (Kosuke Sakumoto / Kazuma Watanabe / Taiga Hada) was seventh, and ♯72 Honda Dream RT SAKURAI HONDA (Sodo Hamahara / Daijiro Hiura / Yuki Kunii) was eighth. One second slower, ♯9 Murayama.Honda Dream.RT was tenth-fastest with 2 min 8.130 s.



Weather improved by midday, when the skies were much brighter. The track was mostly dry by the time Blue riders were up for their first qualifying session. Nagashima (#33) clocked 2 min 6.659 s on his second lap, followed by an extremely fast 2 min 4.942 s, faster than the lap record of 2 min 5.1682 s set by Jonathan Rea in 2018.



As the first Yellow riders qualifying session began, the sun was shining. Takahashi (#33) went through the pit road, timing his entry into the track for his hot lap. Takahashi’s 2 min 7.238 s placed him fifth, and on the fourth lap, he improved by nearly a second to 2 min 6.494 s. The top 3 remained the same, while Hiura (#72) improved his position to sixth with a 2 min 7.204 s lap. Rea (#5) was one place behind with 2 min 7.204 s.



Rain began to fall as the Red riders prepared for their first qualifying session. Lecuona (#33) returned to the pits. Later in the session, the sun shone as the showers continued, and riders began to return to the track with seven minutes remaining. In the end, De Meglio (#5) was the fastest rider with 2 min 10.556 s.



Rain had stopped by the time the second Red riders qualifying session began. As the track nearly dried up, the rain started again. ♯104 TOHO Racing (Ryuichi Kiyonari / Takuma Kunimine / Hiromichi Kunikawa) rider Kunimine set the fastest time of 2 min 11.831 s. Lecuona (#33) set a lap time of 2 min 15.174 before returning to the pits. Overall, Di Meglio (#5) was the fastest, Kunimine (#104) was third, Lecuona (#33) was seventh, and Kunii (#72) was ninth.



The results of the averaged best laps from the Blue, Yellow and Red rider sessions were in: #33 Team HRC was the fastest. ♯17 Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing was fourth, ♯5 F.C.C. TSR Honda France fifth, ♯72 Honda Dream RT SAKURAI HONDA seventh, ♯73 SDG Honda Racing eighth, and ♯25 Honda Sofukai Suzuka Racing ninth. These teams progress to tomorrow’s Top 10 trial.


In the Top 10 Trial, two riders from each team have timed hot laps, determining the top ten places on the starting grid. Eleventh onwards are unchanged from today’s Qualifying results. #88 Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA (Md Zaqhwan Bin Zaidi / Gerry Salim / Helmi Bin Azman) will start the race from 16th grid.



The night session was held under heavy rain. ♯5 F.C.C. TSR Honda France was seventh-fastest, ♯17 Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing was ninth, ♯73 SDG Honda Racing  11th, ♯33 Team HRC  13th, and ♯25 Honda Sofukai Suzuka Racing 14th.   
    
       




Results Session




1    TEAM HRC         JPN    Team HRC    Honda    2:05.718
2    YART -  Yamaha Official Team EWC         JPN    YART - Yamaha Official Team EWC    Yamaha    2:06.001
3    KAWASAKI Racing Team Suzuka 8H         JPN    Kawasaki Racing Team Suzuka 8H    Kawasaki    2:06.307
4    ASTEMO Honda Dream SI Racing         JPN    Astemo Honda Dream SI Racing    Honda    2:06.597
5    F.C.C. TSR Honda France         FRA    F.C.C. TSR Honda France    Honda    2:07.033
6    BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM         GER    BMW MOTORRAD WORLD ENDURANCE TEAM    BMW    2:07.077
7    HONDA Dream RT SAKURAI Honda         JPN    Honda Dream RT SAKURAI Honda    Honda    2:07.239
8    SDG Honda Racing         JPN    SDG Honda Racing    Honda    2:07.287
9    HONDA  Sofukai Suzuka Racing Team         JPN    Honda Sofukai Suzuka Racing Team    Honda    2:07.595
10    EVA RT 01 Webike TRICKSTAR         JPN    EVA RT 01 Webike TRICKSTAR    Kawasaki    2:07.639
11    NCXX RACING with RIDERS CLUB         JPN    NCXX RACING with RIDERS CLUB    Yamaha    2:08.627
12    WEBIKE SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE         FRA    WEBIKE SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE    Kawasaki    2:08.634
13    S-PULSE DREAM RACING         JPN    S-Pulse Dream Racing    Suzuki    2:08.660
14    KAWASAKI Plaza Racing Team         JPN    Kawasaki Plaza Racing Team    Kawasaki    2:08.826
15    TEAM Kodama         JPN    Team Kodama    Yamaha    2:08.994
16    HONDA Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA         JPN    Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA    Honda    2:09.032
17    TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413 BMW         JPN    TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413 BMW    BMW    2:09.275
18    TEAM ATJ with JAPAN POST         JPN    Team ATJ with JAPAN POST    Honda    2:09.370
19    TOHO Racing         JPN    TOHO Racing    Honda    2:09.386
20    MURAYAMA. Honda Dream.RT         JPN    Murayama. Honda Dream. RT    Honda    2:09.586
    
    
       


 
 
 
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