Narain qualifies second for Docomo Dandelion at Suzaka season opener: Super Formula Japan Series

By | April 18, 2015

Suzuka (Japan), 18 April 2015: Narain Karthikeyan, the first Formula One driver from India, made a stunning start to the Super Formula Japan Series this year qualifying in second place for Sunday’s race with Docoma Dandelion team.

Narain who drove the series last year

with a Toyota engine shifted to Honda engine with the new team Dandelion and took time to settle down in the first qualifying session finishing fourth with a time of 1:39.188, a mere 0.53 seconds behind leader Naoki Yamamota, also in a Honda engine.

The Coimbatore-based Narain, then went on to top the time sheets in the second qualifier with a time of 1: 38.598 ahead of teammate Nojiri Tomoki in second and Yamamoto in third.

However in the third and final qualification, Narain finished second with a 1:38.870 behind Yamamota, who clocked 1:38.585. Narain’s teammate Tomoki could only qualify 7th in the third session with a time of 1:39.816.

Narain in car number 41 is raring to go and will start behind Yamamoto.

Earlier, the team hosted Narain Karthikeyan with a warm welcom. “In the first session I had to check the set up and could attack only in the last six minutes. I had a good start in the second session and managed to stay ahead. Despite the red flag and disruption

Narain Karthikeyan qualifies in P2 at Suzaka, the first round of the Japan Super Formula series on Saturday. A Docomo Dandelion team image

Narain Karthikeyan qualifies in P2 at Suzaka, the first round of the Japan Super Formula series on Saturday. A Docomo Dandelion team image

, I am happy with the position for tomorrow’s race. I have prepared well for the season,” said Karthikeyan.

“The team told me to prepare using the qualification to set up the car as I know both Toyota and Honda engine,” added Narain.

eom/with inputs from Tetsuya of Dandelion team