Juichi Wakisaka took his first Formula Nippon race win of the year despite finishing second on track to Team Impul driver Benoit Treluyer at Mine over the weekend.

Treluyer was adjudged to have caused points leader Richard Lyons to spin in the closing stages of the race, and Wakisaka benefited from the Ulsterman's protest to celebrate his first win of the year for the Le Mans team.

In what turned out to be an eventful race, Wakisaka, who started fifth on the grid, battled hard among the leading group and made early headway to emerge from his pit-stop in fourth position. With just three laps to go, he then overtook Toshihiro Kaneishi to move into a podium position. However, it took the Lyons and Treluyer altercation at the hairpin on the penultimate lap to elevate Wakisaka to top spot.

The contact spun Lyons' car into the gravel and retirement, but Treluyer emerged unscathed to take the chequered flag in first place. However, the Frenchman's joy was short-lived as Lyon's Dandelion team protested the move, and he was docked one minute, dropping him to a lowly seventh place - and out of the points.

Completing a miserable day for Team Impul, Treluyer's team-mate Yuji Ide was also docked a minute by the stewards, after he was adjudged to have caused an avoidable accident when he pitched former Impul driver, and reigning champion, Satoshi Motoyama in to the gravel trap. Unlike Lyons, however, Motoyama recovered and 'only' dropped from a podium position to fifth at the finish.

Toshihiro Kaneishi inherited second place, with Tatsuya Kataoka claiming his best ever finish with third in his Le Mans Spirit Lola. Takeshi Tsuchiya, Motoyama and Yuji Ide completed the points, but there was bad news elsewhere - particularly for Team Nakajima drivers Andre Lotterer and Takashi Kogure, who incurred the wrath of ex-F1 driver Satoru Nakajima when they collided on the very first lap.


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