Daniele Vidimari of Team RSI currently tops the free practice timesheets for this Sunday’s opening round of the RF2 Asia Formula Renault All-Japan championship at Okayama. Much has been said about the track and how tricky the cars will be around the circuit. The stiffness of the car and undulation of the track around tight bends, particularly in turns 5 through 9, make the Formula cars frustrating at their worst, yet grin-inducingly brilliant when you pick a line that allows you to put the power down early. The kerbs and relative lack of run off ensure that driver concentration must be high at all times.
The race will be super competitive and has already motivated a number of sign ups for this short four-event series. Qualifying will last 15 minutes for the grid and the race will be a 40 minute test of extreme driver skill. Fahad Gaffoor, making a very welcome return to RF2 Asia, made it clear that he felt that “the one who can keep it clean for 40 mins is the one who’s gonna win.” Mark Robinson said “I have no doubt it will catch people out.” For some drivers the race will provide a tantalising chance for a great result, with the challenge of the car and track combination likely to “mix up the grid,” according to Jason Back.
Many have noted the unsuitability of the default setup for the car at Okayama. 2018 GP3 championship runner-up Vidimari has provided a base setup that has proven exceptionally popular amongst drivers who have tried it. The setup is linked below. Vidimari stated that the setup has worked well for him at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, a track that shares a lot of characteristics with Okayama. However, drivers are warned to open up brake ducts to avoid potential brake failures. The setup has certainly gained a few fans, not least Mark Robinson who felt it shaved four seconds off his time!
There is still space for drivers to take part in the series and a free car skinning service is available from our extremely skilled graphic designer and RF2 admin, Chris Payne. It is expected that there will be great competition throughout the field and RF2 Asia is proud that several new members have joined the league to take part. We hope that they will have an enjoyable experience and stick around for further series!
Round 1 of the RF2 Asia 2018 FR3.5 All-Japan series at Okayama will start at 10:00 UTC+0 on 5th August 2018.
Entries for the series are still possible. If you are not registered and wish to take part we would love to accommodate you! See the links in the title bar for details, or click here for series sign up!