Team Frontier wins EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy in Japan
Team Frontier placed 20th at the finish of the Suzuka 8 Hours to lift the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy. The Japanese team finished ahead of Wójcik Racing Team and another Japanese squad, Yamashina Kawasaki.
Having started from 40th position on the Suzuka grid, Team Frontier moved up into the Top 30 within the first hour after the track had been soaked by a rain shower just as the race got underway. The Japanese team, a Suzuka 8 Hours regular, finished 20th and picked up the €4,000 purse awarded to the winner of the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy with a rider line-up comprising Satoru Iwata, Tomoyoshi Koyama and Takayuki Ohki.
Wócjik Racing Team also produced a fine performance in their maiden outing at the Suzuka 8 Hours. After starting from 49th position on the grid, the Polish team, which is competing in the full FIM EWC season, managed a 25th-place finish in this challenging race with riders Pawel Górka, Pawel Szkopek and Marek Szkopek. Wócjik Racing Team pocketed €3,000 worth of Dunlop prize money at Suzuka.
Another Japanese team rounded off the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy podium at Suzuka. Yamashina Kawasaki (Shigeru Yamasaki, Masayuki Matsumoto and Yuuki Kirii) were 32nd past the finish line.
Four other Dunlop-shod privateer teams received prizes at the Suzuka 8 Hours, with payouts ranging from €2,300 down to €1,500 for the team ranked 7th in the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy.
Renewed this season by FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events, the organizers of individual FIM EWC races, and tyre manufacturer Dunlop, the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy gives backing to Dunlop-shod private teams that do not benefit from direct support from a constructor.
Suzuka 8 Hours 2018 – EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy rankings
|1||96||TEAM FRONTIER||JPN||Honda||CBR 1000 RR||EWC||4 000 €|
|2||77||WOJCIK RACING TEAM||POL||Yamaha||YZF-R1||EWC||3 000 €|
|3||69||YAMASHINA KAWASAKI||JPN||Kawasaki||ZX-10R||EWC||2 700 €|
|4||29||DOG HOUSE||JPN||Suzuki||GSX-R 1000||EWC||2 300 €|
|5||59||HKC & IMT RACING||JPN||Yamaha||YZF-R1||EWC||2 000 €|
|6||35||PLUS ONE MCRT||JPN||Kawasaki||ZX-10R||EWC||1 750 €|
|7||73||RC NORIMONO & MOTOLAB||JPN||Honda||CBR 1000 RR||EWC||1 500 €|