Dandelion credits Makino for sudden Super Formula turnaround
Last month, the Honda squad Dandelion scored its first victory in two years at the season finale in Suzuka. Rookie Kakunoshin Ota secured the win, marking the end of his first season on the highest step of the podium. However, the team faced difficulties earlier in the season, with Makino failing to finish in the top five until the fifth round at Sugo. The turning point came during the in-season test at Fuji in June, where Makino scored pole position and finished second in the following race. Ota also scored his first points after qualifying third. The team’s early struggles had raised concerns, but Makino’s efforts and leadership led to the team’s revival. Ota’s understanding of the car improved during the test, culminating in his victory at Suzuka. Makino’s contribution was crucial, and despite struggles in the season-closing Suzuka double-header, Dandelion managed to secure third place in the teams’ standings.