Excitement filled the air in the paddock as the teams and drivers set their sights on the first F1F Virtual race held at Fuji. As well as excitement, nerves were high, it was tense, especially in the Franklin garage with both there drivers in with a shot of the World Drivers Championship. However today's session fell into Enrique Ruiz's hands who claimed his maiden pole position, a very important one of that. Adrien Simon was denied a second successive pole position, but will have his sights on beating the Franklin s to the checkered flag and at the same time helping his teammate Karl Beckenbauer who remains the only driver who can win the championship other then the Franklin drivers. Will Hoskins will start directly behind his teammate tomorrow with the third fastest time.
It was yet another fantastic qualifying performance by Tumo Kinnumen. The Fin will start the race in fourth, alongside his 2015 teammate. Puccio Giodano was fifth fastest for Rossi, edging out Nikolai Milkovich who had to settle for sixth. Marcus Thunder was the highest placed Downton with the seventh quickest time. Lewis Ellington will start from eighth. Elroy Wagner ninth, while Nathaniel Powers rounded out the top ten.
The Fun drivers were eleventh and twelfth quickest in the hands of Hugh Dwyer and Romano Agostino. Enzo Domenicalli will be disappointed with a best effort of thirteenth, while Jean Mattson didn't fare any better in fourteenth. Arguably the most disappointed driver of the day was Karl Beckenbauer who could only manage the fifteenth fastest time after making a mistake on his fastest lap. The German will need to race with determination tomorrow if he wishes to remain in the title battle heading to Brazil.
Diego Campos was sixteenth quickest ahead of, Keith Boston, Kurtis Gardner, and Felix Beyer. Carson Davenport will start the race from twentieth position for Lucas Grand Prix. Ivan Lesic will be amjorly let down with twenty first, albeit will start ahead of Hiroto Nakumaya in the Force Australia. The Warriors will start from the back of the grid with Michal Kubat pipping his teammate James Harding who is making his race return.
It loo's set to be a dry race tomorrow, however the nerves will be high for three drivers in particular. Enrique Ruiz will know that he must finish ahead of his teammate to narrow down Will Hoskins point advantage. The Brazilian will be hopeful for a third win of the season. Will Hoskins will be hoping to finish ahead, or stay as close as possible to his teammate in the race. Karl Beckenbauer will start the race from fifteenth but is already on the bubble of falling out of championship contention. The German will have his fingers crossed the Franklin's trip over each other like they did in Spain, but he will know he must produce a strong drive to take home some strong points.
An exiting race is in store for the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.