French drivers reigned supreme at Sugo in the latest round of the 2006 Formula Nippon series over the weekend.

Nakajima driver, Loic Duval headed home the Team Impul pairing of Benoit Treluyer and Tsugio Matsuda to claim his second win of the year. Treluyer now leads the series points standings by 16 points with just 20 points up for grabs at the final two races of the season, which are to be held at Motegi and Suzuka.

As seems to be the custom in Formula Nippon this season the track was wet as the cars started the race and many drivers fell pray to the tricky conditions.
Among those skating off the undulating track situated in the Miyagi Prefecture were Duval’s team mate Andre Lotterer and former Super Aguri F1 driver Yuji Ide.
As a result of his non finish, Lotterer has been pushed back to 4th place in the points table behind Matsuda and Duval.

Finishing in his best ever position at Sugo was Italian racer Ronnie Quintarelli in his IngIng Lola-Toyota. Rounding out the top six were reigning champion Satoshi Motoyama and 2003 F3000 champion Bjorn Wirdheim.

The penultimate round of the series takes place at Motegi on 22 October

RACE RESULTS - Sugo September 17

1. Loic Duval (F) Nakajima Lola-Honda
2. Benoit Treluyer (F) Impul Lola-Toyota
3. Tsugio Matsuda (J) Impul Lola-Toyota
4. Ronnie Quintarelli (I) IngIng Lola-Toyota
5. Satoshi Motoyama (J) Impul Lola-Toyota
6. Bjorn Wirdheim (S) Dandelion Lola-Honda
7. Yuji Tachikawa (J) Cerumo Lola-Toyota
8. Takhashi Tsuchiya (J) DHG Tom's Lola-Toyota
9. Tatsuya Kataoka (J) Le Mans Lola-Toyota
10. Hideki Mutoh (J) Nakajima Lola-Honda
11. Naoki Yokomizo (J) IngIng Lola--Toyota
12. Ryo Michigami (J) 5Zigen Lola-Honda
13. Seiji Ara (J) Kondo Lola-Toyota
DNF Ryo Orime (J) 5Zigen Lola-Honda
DNF Katsuyuki Hiranaka (J) EMS Lola-Honda
DNF Kazuki Hoshino (J) Impul Lola-Toyota
DNF Masataka Yanagida (J) Kondo Lola-Toyota
DNF Yuji Ide (J) Dandelion Lola-Honda
DNF Takashi Kogure (J) ARTA Lola-Honda
DNF Andre Lotterer (D) DHG Tom's Lola-Toyota
DNF Toshihiro Kaneishi (J) ARTA Lola-Honda
DNF Toranasuke Takagi (J) Team Le Mans Lola-Toyota

Fastest Lap: HIDEKI MUTOH 1'12.418(79/79) 184.144km/h


1. Treluyer 41pts
2. Matsuda 25pts
3. Duval 21pts
4. Lotterer 20pts
5. Motoyama 16pts
6. Wirdheim 13.5pts
7. Kaneishi 9pts
8. Tachikawa 8pts
9. Quintarelli 6pts
9. Kataoka 5pts
10. Yamamoto 3pts

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Loic Duval, here following teammate Hideki Mutoh at Fuji, took the win at Sugo.
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Benoit Treluyer finished second to increase his championship lead.
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Tsugio Matsuda's Impul Lola was third at the finish.
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Ronnie Quintella finished fourth in the IngIng Lola.
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