Round 4 of the 2019 Speed King Tour was held at the NEXT circuit in the Chiba prefecture recently. Thanks to being located quite close to the Narita International Airport the race was easy to reach for drivers from far away and another plus was the quite new and very smooth surface that made for a lot of high-speed battles throughout the field. Classes run this time were Touring Modified and Touring Stock with the Oval category being scrapped this time due to the track layout. Yokomo driver Hayato Ishioka showed his speed right from the free practice on and he took the TQ in all three qualifying rounds of Touring Modified. Hayato also clocked the fastest lap time in the “Super Lap” session for the top 5 qualifiers to take the pole position for the single A-main.
At the start of the A-main final, Hayato took the hole shot and he would open a 1-second gap on Infinity driver, Jin Sawada. Jin tried to attack Hayato but Ishioka would hold it together to bring home his first win in five years at the Speed King Tour. Jin took 2nd from another Yokomo driver, Ryosuke Yamamoto.
In the Stock class Kosuke Taniguchi took the win from pole position with Yuuki Sawada on the runner-up spot. Naoya Morita from Osaka rounded out the top 3 result.
The next round of the Speed King Tour will be held at the Twin Ring Honguu outdoor tarmac track in the Aichi prefecture on the 22nd of September.