Where Are They Now | Nirei Fuzukumi

Nirei Fuzukumi, born on the 24th January 1997, is a Japanese driver, who curently races in Super Formula and Super GT. He originally competed in the Formula series, like many others wit him last being seen in FIA Formula 2 in BWT Arden, joined by Maximilian Guenther and Dan Ticktum. Since then he’s gone in to win Super GT and compete in Super Formula.

Nirei joined the feeder series ladder in 2014, competing in JAF Formula 4 with HFDP Racing. In terms of the standings, in the East, he came first with 72 points with 4 podiums, in which one was a win, out of the 5 races; in the West, Fukuzumi won again, with 5 podiums, where 3 were wins, out of the 6 races, giving him 100 points; thus putting him in 1st overall with 172 points.

Fukuzumi stayed with HFDP Racing to move up to Japanese Formula 3, joined by Tsubasa Takahashi. Despite not being as sucessful as prior, he still managed to claim back to back wins in Motegi’s second round. Paired with another 3 podiums, he finished in 4th, behind Takaboshi, with 72 points.

For 2016, he moved to GP3, competing against many drivers in European countries. For his debut, Nirei joined ART Grand Prix, driving alongside Charles Leclerc, Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries. Despite it being his rookie year, he took a second and two thirds, classifying him in 7th behind his teammate de Vries. Staying with the French team in GP3, Fukuzumi drove with Jack Aitken, George Russell and Anthoine Hubert. Claiming two wins and four other podiums put him into 3rd with 134 points, only 7 points behind Jack Aitken.

2018 was Nirei’s final year in the European Formula categories, competing in FIA Formula 2 with BWT Arden, alongside Maximilian Guenther and Dan Ticktum. Unfortunately for the Japanese driver, his season was merely average, completing the final 10 on a few occasions and only being able to score 6th as his highest position. Sitting with 17 points, he finished in 17th ahead of Ralph Boschung due to rollback on positions.

The Japanese driver made his initial debut in Super GT during the 2015 season, driving with Autobacs Racing Team Aguri in the GT300 category. Since he was a guest driver, he was ineligble to score points, but finished in 12th with his team.

Fuzukumi then made his debut in Super Formula during the 2018 season, competing with Team Mugen. He only drove in the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th rounds due to clashes with Formula 2. Unfortunately, his best result was only 12th, meaning he ended up with 0 points that season, putting him in 20th because of his results average.

2019 was the beginning of his Super GT and Super Formula seasons. In Super GT, he continued to drive with Team Aguri in GT300 and then this time with Team Dandelion Racing in Super Formula. In terms of GT Racing, he finished in 1st with Shinichi Takagi after they claimed a win and two seconds with 69.5 points. For Super Formula, Nirei claimed a third plus three more points finishes, putting him in 7th behind Kamui Kobayashi with 18 points.

Fukzumi continued with these two teams for the 2020 season. So far in Super GT, he sits in 10th ith Tomoki Nojiri. They’ve managed to achieve two thirds back to back in rounds 5 and 6. For Super Formula, Nirei is in 10th behind Yuji Kunimoto with 10 points.

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