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Narain Karthikeyan to stay in Super Formula for a 5th season

Press Trust of India  |  Tokyo 

India's first today confirmed that he will race in the Japanese Super Formula for a fifth consecutive season.

It will be the first time in the championship that will represent the same team, the Honda-powered Nakajima Racing in this case, for a consecutive year.

has dominated the championship of late but said his car showed glimpses of speed in what otherwise was a forgettable last season when he failed to score a point for the first time in four years.

"Last season was a forgettable one to be Though towards the end of the year, I did feel the car was quick. We hope to build on that and I realise that I have to be at the top of my game. It is a super competitive championship," Karthikeyan told

With the confirmation today, the speculation over his switch to Super GT 500 also ended. The 40-year-old had tested the Super GT for the first time in December when he was joined by 2009 champion Jenson Button at Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit.

Super Formula, erstwhile known as Formula Nippon, is Japan's premier single-seater series since 1973. It is also the fastest single-seater series outside of

Other popular names in the field include WEC World Champion and Le Mans 24-hour winner Andre Lotterer, former drivers and

Recently, talented young drivers like and opted for Super Formula to hone their skills before moving up to

The series run on six purpose-built race tracks, including three F1-spec venues.

The 2018 season will kick off on March 11 with the pre- season testing at Suzuka Circuit and the series opener is scheduled in April.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 18:10 IST