Seven Star Leaf were the first team that Project D were up against in Tochigi, with Toru Suetsugu representing the team on the downhill, going up against Takumi Fujiwara. Toru starts the battle in the lead, with Takumi following behind. Takumi manages to keep close behind Toru until they reach a section of the track with lidless gutters. Takumi attempts to pass Toru in the corners, performing a weight shifting technique to let him drive using over one of the lidless gutters in order to pass. Toru, shocked and confused as to how Takumi had passed him, watches as Takumi performs the trick again. Believing that his car would also be able to perform the trick, Toru attempts to cross the gutter, however he fails, causing his wheel to fall into the gutter and making the car flip, costing him the race. After his race, Toru quits racing, fulfilling a promise he had made to his girlfriend, Nao.