Ukyo Sasahara: I ought to’ve been in Tremendous Components title struggle

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Sasahara rejoined Mugen this season in a second automotive alongside reigning champion Tomoki Nojiri as a part of a last-minute deal, having spent many of the 2021 season on the sidelines after his rookie marketing campaign in 2020.

The season began completely for the 26-year-old with pole place for the opening spherical at Fuji, however stalling on the grid initially of each races of the curtain-raising double header marked the beginning of a collection of misfortunes which have price him dearly within the championship standings.

In addition to a victory in July’s Fuji race, Sasahara’s next-best outcomes are a pair of seventh-place finishes, leaving him seventh within the standings with solely subsequent month’s Suzuka double-header to go.

“Actually, I feel if I didn’t have any dangerous luck this season, I might be preventing for the championship with Nojiri-san, as a result of the efficiency has been actually good,” Sasahara informed Motorsport.com. “It’s only a disgrace that all the factors we’ve misplaced have been associated to mechanical failures or simply dangerous luck.

“I’ve blended feelings [about the season so far], it’s been like a curler coaster. At Suzuka I simply wish to purpose for pole-to-win, twice, and present how briskly we’re.”

 

After the opening spherical, Sasahara discovered himself beginning in the direction of the again of the grid for Spherical 3 at Suzuka after being baulked by Yuji Kunimoto in qualifying, whereas a technique error price him dearly within the subsequent race at Autopolis.

Final month’s Motegi double-header noticed the Mugen driver hit extra hassle, as he was launched from the pits too late in Q2 to problem for pole place in Saturday qualifying, after which was hit by a throttle concern on Sunday that led to him getting caught within the gravel at Flip 10 in Q1.

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He nonetheless managed to salvage seventh in a moist first race which featured little or no overtaking, after which eighth the next day from the again of the grid regardless of nearly not making the beginning attributable to a driveshaft concern.

“The driveshaft was fully damaged, so I couldn’t do a push lap in warm-up,” mirrored Sasahara. “It was actually unusual. The group did a mega job to get me on the grid, and the automotive was actually fast, like a spaceship!

“Actually the automotive was completely flying, particularly in qualifying. With out the problems I had a lot confidence to be on pole place.”

 

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