Nojiri adopted up on his pole in final yr’s Fuji title decider by grabbing the highest spot once more with a finest time of 1m21.173s within the Q3 pole shootout, placing himself 0.223s of nearest rival Toshiki Oyu (Nakajima Racing).
Having led the best way in follow on Saturday morning, Nojiri topped each his Q1 group and Q2 on his method to a sixth profession pole place.
Behind Oyu, Dandelion Racing pair Ukyo Sasahara – standing in for the recovering Tadasuke Makino – and Nirei Fukuzumi had been third- and fourth-fastest to finish an all-Honda high 4.
Better of the Toyota runners was Inging rookie Sena Sakaguchi in fifth, forward of fellow novice Ritomo Miyata (TOM’S) and 2020 title contender Ryo Hirakawa (Impul).
Hiroki Otsu (Mugen) accomplished the Q3 order, with Yuhi Sekiguchi (Impul) and Sho Tsuboi (Inging) taking the remaining spots inside the highest 10.
Tatiana Calderon (Drago Corse), the one worldwide driver within the subject this weekend, made it out of Q1 for the primary time in her Tremendous Components profession on her method to eleventh on the grid.
Kazuki Nakajima (TOM’S) had initially made it into Q3, however had his finest lap deleted in Q2 for a observe limits violation, demoting him to thirteenth.
Yamamoto’s first qualifying session with Nakajima Racing resulted in a shock Q1 elimination, as he got here inside 0.021s of constructing it by to Q2.
The three-time champion will begin sixteenth, marking his worst grid slot because the 2019 Okayama race.
Kondo Racing additionally misplaced each its drivers in Q1, with Sacha Fenestraz’s stand-in Yuichi Nakayama qualifying fifteenth and Kenta Yamashita ending up 18th.