Matsushita replaces Sette Camara for Autopolis SF race

After missing the opening two rounds of the season due to Japan’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, Sette Camara shocked the Super Formula establishment by scoring pole for his series debut last time out at Sugo, albeit crashing out of the race on cold tyres after his pitstop.

Despite the fact he was listed on the entry list for the fourth round of the season at Autopolis, B-Max announced on Wednesday that Sette Camara will not be taking part after all.

A reason for the Brazilian’s absence has not been given, although it could be related to a likely deal to join the Dragon Racing Formula E team next season.

Matsushita, who last raced in Super Formula with Dandelion Racing in 2018 before returning to Formula 2 the following season, will take Sette Camara’s place.

It follows the Japanese driver’s call-up to the ARTA Honda team in last weekend’s Motegi SUPER GT round in place of the injured Shinichi Takagi, which was his first race appearance since losing his F2 seat with MP Motorsport in September.

Nobuharu Matsushita(ThreeBond DragoCORSE)

Nobuharu Matsushita(ThreeBond DragoCORSE)<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
Nobuharu Matsushita(ThreeBond DragoCORSE)Masahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio

For the first time in 2020, B-Max is running two cars at Autopolis, as Sette Camara’s planned full-season teammate Charles Milesi makes his first race outing of the year following the easing of Japan’s travel restrictions at the start of this month.