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2023 Super Formula Championship

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The 2023 Japanese Super Formula Championship will be the fifty-first season of premier Japanese open-wheel motor racing,[1] and the eleventh under the moniker of Super Formula. It is scheduled to start in April 2023 and is due to be contested over seven race meetings.[2]

Tomoki Nojiri enters the season as the defending series champion.

Teams and drivers

All teams use identical Dallara-built SF19 chassis. For 2023, an updated bodywork package is set to be introduced to the SF19. It will incorporate more sustainable materials, and produce less dirty air.[3]

Entrant Engine No. Driver name
Japan Kondō Racing Toyota 3 Japan Kenta Yamashita[4]
4 Japan Kazuto Kotaka[4]
Hong Kong KCMG 7 Japan Kamui Kobayashi[4]
18 Japan Yuji Kunimoto[4]
Japan ROOKIE Racing 14 Japan Kazuya Oshima[4]
Japan Team Impul 19 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi[4]
20 Japan Ryo Hirakawa[4]
Japan Kuo Vantelin Team TOM’S 36 TBA
37 Japan Ritomo Miyata[4]
Japan P.mu/Cerumo・INGING 38 Japan Sho Tsuboi[4]
39 Japan Sena Sakaguchi[4]

Driver changes

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Japan

Japan

Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is situated in the northwest Pacific Ocean, and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, while extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, and Taiwan in the south. Japan is a part of the Ring of Fire, and spans an archipelago of 6852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); the five main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Kobe, and Kyoto.

Masahiko Kondō

Masahiko Kondō

Masahiko Kondō or Matchy is a Japanese singer, lyricist, actor, racing car manager and former semi-professional racing driver. He was a member of the Tanokin Trio.

Toyota

Toyota

Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota City, Aichi, Japan. It was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda and incorporated on August 28, 1937. Toyota is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, producing about 10 million vehicles per year.

Kenta Yamashita

Kenta Yamashita

Kenta Yamashita is a Japanese racing driver, known for his successes in single-seater junior categories, including winning the 2013 Formula Challenge Japan and the 2012 Motegi Championship Formula Super FJ. He currently races in the Super Formula Championship, Super GT and FIA World Endurance Championship.

Kazuto Kotaka

Kazuto Kotaka

Kazuto Kotaka is a racing driver from Japan who currently competes in Super Formula, Super Formula Lights and Super GT.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a city and special administrative region of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta in South China. With 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Hong Kong is also a major global financial centre and one of the most developed cities in the world.

KC Motorgroup

KC Motorgroup

KC Motorgroup Ltd, known as KCMG, is an auto racing team based in Hong Kong. Founded by former racing driver Paul Ip in 2007, KCMG has participated in a variety of championships across the world in touring car, sports car, and open-wheel racing.

Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi is a Japanese professional racing driver who competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Toyota Gazoo Racing (GR) and in the Super Formula Championship for KCMG as of 2021. He previously competed in Formula One, Formula E, the GP2 Series, and the GP2 Asia Series. Kobayashi is the 2019–20 World Endurance champion along with his team-mates Mike Conway and José María López. He is the Third FIA world champion from Japan after Toshi Arai and Kazuki Nakajima. He won the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans driving for Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Yuji Kunimoto

Yuji Kunimoto

Yuji Kunimoto is a Japanese auto racing driver. He is the younger brother of 2008 Macau Grand Prix winner Keisuke Kunimoto. As of 2021, he is racing for Team KCMG in the Super Formula Championship, and for Racing Project Bandoh in Super GT.

ROOKIE Racing

ROOKIE Racing

ROOKIE Racing Co., Ltd., also known as Rookie Racing is a Japanese racing team that competes in Super Formula, Super GT & Super Taikyu. Rookie Racing is a sister team of Toyota GAZOO Racing and based close to Fuji Speedway.

Kazuya Oshima

Kazuya Oshima

Kazuya Oshima is a Japanese racing driver, currently racing in the Super GT Series and the Super Formula Championship for Toyota Gazoo Racing and ROOKIE Racing.

Race calendar

The provisional calendar was announced on 8 August 2022.[6] After three weekends were made to double-header events in 2022, the season opener and finale were both announced to have two races again.[7]

Round Circuit Location Date
1 Fuji Speedway Oyama, Shizuoka 7–9 April
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3 Suzuka International Racing Course Suzuka, Mie 21–23 April
4 Autopolis Hita, Oita 19–21 May
5 Sportsland SUGO Shibata, Miyagi 16–18 June
6 Fuji Speedway Oyama, Shizuoka 14–16 July
7 Mobility Resort Motegi Motegi, Tochigi 18–20 August
8 Suzuka International Racing Course Suzuka, Mie 27–29 October
9

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Fuji Speedway

Fuji Speedway

Fuji Speedway is a motorsport race track standing in the foothills of Mount Fuji, in Oyama, Suntō District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. It was built in the early 1960s. In the 1980s, Fuji Speedway was used for the FIA World Sportscar Championship and national racing. Originally managed by Mitsubishi Estate Co., Fuji Speedway was acquired by Toyota Motor Corporation in 2000. The circuit hosted the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in 2007 after an absence of nearly 30 years, replacing the Suzuka Circuit owned by Honda. After Fuji Speedway hosted the 2008 race, the Japanese Grand Prix returned to Suzuka for races from 2009 onward. The Super GT Fuji 500 km race is held at the racetrack on Golden Week.

Oyama, Shizuoka

Oyama, Shizuoka

Oyama is a town located in Suntō District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 August 2019, the town had an estimated population of 18,458 in 7516 households and a population density of 140 persons per km2. The total area of the town is 135.74 square kilometres (52.41 sq mi).

Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. As of December 2019, Shizuoka Prefecture has a population of 3,637,998 and has a geographic area of 7,777.42 km2 (3,002.88 sq mi). Shizuoka Prefecture borders Kanagawa Prefecture to the east, Yamanashi Prefecture to the northeast, Nagano Prefecture to the north, and Aichi Prefecture to the west.

Suzuka International Racing Course

Suzuka International Racing Course

The Suzuka International Racing Course , more famously known as the Suzuka Circuit , is a 5.807 km (3.608 mi) long motorsport race track located in Ino, Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan and operated by Honda Mobilityland, a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co, Ltd. It has a capacity of 155,000.

Suzuka, Mie

Suzuka, Mie

Suzuka is a city in Mie Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 July 2020, the city had an estimated population of 197,977 in 87,680 households and a population density of 1000 persons per km². The total area of the city is 194.46 square kilometres.

Mie Prefecture

Mie Prefecture

Mie Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu. Mie Prefecture has a population of 1,781,948 and has a geographic area of 5,774 square kilometers (2,229 sq mi). Mie Prefecture is bordered by Gifu Prefecture to the north, Shiga Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture to the northwest, Nara Prefecture to the west, Wakayama Prefecture to the southwest, and Aichi Prefecture to the east.

Autopolis

Autopolis

Autopolis is a 4.673 km (2.904 mi) international racing circuit located near Kamitsue village in Ōita Prefecture, Japan on the 30 km (19 mi) Northeast of Kumamoto. Opened in 1990, it hosts a range of domestic and international motorsport events throughout the year. The track is noted to have a high standard of facilities and infrastructure. Due to the circuit ending up in financial difficulties, it has changed hands several times but still operates to this day.

Shibata, Miyagi

Shibata, Miyagi

Shibata is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 March 2020, the town had an estimated population of 37,617, and a population density of 700 persons per km² in 15,590 households. The total area of the town is 54.03 square kilometres (20.86 sq mi).

Miyagi Prefecture

Miyagi Prefecture

Miyagi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region of Honshu. Miyagi Prefecture has a population of 2,305,596 and has a geographic area of 7,282 km2 (2,812 sq mi). Miyagi Prefecture borders Iwate Prefecture to the north, Akita Prefecture to the northwest, Yamagata Prefecture to the west, and Fukushima Prefecture to the south.

Motegi, Tochigi

Motegi, Tochigi

Motegi is a town located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 August 2020, the town had an estimated population of 11,777 in 4503 households, and a population density of 68 persons per km2. The total area of the town is 172.69 square kilometres (66.68 sq mi).

Tochigi Prefecture

Tochigi Prefecture

Tochigi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of Honshu. Tochigi Prefecture has a population of 1,943,886 and has a geographic area of 6,408 km2. Tochigi Prefecture borders Fukushima Prefecture to the north, Gunma Prefecture to the west, Saitama Prefecture to the south, and Ibaraki Prefecture to the southeast.

Source: "2023 Super Formula Championship", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 30th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2023_Super_Formula_Championship.

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