This weekend is set to see the Japanese Super Formula Championship begin its delayed 2020 season.
The season is due to begin at Motegi with a further six rounds currently planned to be contested, including a double header at Suzuka in early December, with the series finishing in late December at Fuji.
It isn’t just the calendar that has had to adapt due to the current global pandemic with several drivers set to miss the opening two rounds of the season due to being unable to serve Japan’s 14 day quarantine rules in time. This has impacted the likes of Kamui Kobayahi, Kenta Yamashita, Juri Vips and Charles Millesi, some of whom are unlikely to contest the Motegi and Okayama rounds.
With this in mind the championship has introduced dropped scores for the 2020 season in part to help those impacted by the quarantine rules. It means that a driver’s best five scores out of seven will be counted towards the championship. This adds an extra dimension to what is hopefully going to be another competitive season which will see Nick Cassidy defend his title from, amongst others, Naoki Yamamoto.