1000 km Suzuka

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The 1000 km Suzuka is an annual 1000-kilometer (620 mi) endurance race for sports cars held at the Suzuka Circuit (173 laps). It is a round of the Japanese Super GT championship.

The race was previously part of the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship (now Super GT) and later of the World Sportscar Championship before these series were cancelled. After that the race has become part of many different series including the Super Taikyu endurance series. In 2006, the race was integrated for the first time in the Super GT calendar. Previously, the race was open to JGTC/Super GT cars, but with only a handful of competitors from the Super GT entering.

Within years, some race length change occurs; the 2009 Super GT race was shortened to 700 km as a countermeasure of increasing cost and CO
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emissions regulations, partly due to the economic crisis. The 700 km distance was retained in 2010, but as a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and Super GT rule changes for that season to conserve energy that year, the race was cut to 500km. For 2012, the race returned to being a 1000 km event.

One driver holds the record of four event wins: Kunimitsu Takahashi (1973, 1984, 1985, 1989).

List of winners[edit]

Year Drivers Car Series Length
1966 Japan Sachio Fukuzawa
Japan Tomohiko Tsutsumi
Toyota 2000GT Non-championship 500 km
1967 Japan Shintaro Taki
Japan Kenjiro Tanaka
Porsche 906 Non-championship 12 hours
1968 Japan Sachio Fukuzawa
Japan Hiroshi Fushida
Toyota 7 Non-championship 1000 km
1969 Japan Tomohiko Tsutsumi
Japan Jiro Yoneyama
Porsche 906 Non-championship 12 hours
1970 Japan Kawakami Nishino
Japan Koji Fujita
Nissan Fairlady Z432 Non-championship 1000 km
1971 Japan Yoshimasa Kawaguchi
Japan Hiroshi Fushida
Porsche 910 Non-championship 1000 km
1972 Japan Harukuni Takahashi
Japan Kenichi Takeshita
Toyota Celica 1600GT-R Non-championship 1000 km
1973 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Kenji Tohira
Nissan Fairlady Z432R Non-championship 1000 km
1980 Japan Hironobu Tatsumi
Japan Naoki Nagasaka
March 75S-Mazda Non-championship 1000 km
1981 France Bob Wollek
France Henri Pescarolo
Porsche 935 K3 Non-championship 1000 km
1982 Japan Naohiro Fujita
Japan Naoki Nagasaka
BMW M1 Non-championship 1000 km
1983 Japan Naohiro Fujita
Australia Vern Schuppan
Porsche 956 JSPC 1000 km
1984 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Kenji Takahashi
United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Porsche 956 JSPC 1000 km
1985 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Kenji Takahashi
Porsche 962C JSPC 1000 km
1986 Japan Jiro Yoneyama
Japan Hideki Okada
Japan Tsunehisa Asai
Porsche 956 JSPC 1000 km
1987 United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Japan Masanori Sekiya
Japan Hitoshi Ogawa
Toyota 87C JSPC 1000 km
1988 Japan Hideki Okada
Sweden Stanley Dickens
Porsche 962C JSPC 1000 km
1989 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Sweden Stanley Dickens
Porsche 962C JSPC 1000 km
1990 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Nissan R90CP JSPC 1000 km
1991 Austria Roland Ratzenberger
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Japan Naoki Nagasaka
Toyota 91C-V JSPC 1000 km
1992 United Kingdom Derek Warwick
France Yannick Dalmas
Peugeot 905 Evo 1B WSC 1000 km
1993 Japan Takao Wada
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Nissan R92CP JGTC 1000 km
1994 France Jean-Pierre Jarier
France Bob Wollek
Spain Jesus Pareja
Porsche 911 Turbo S LM-GT BPR GT 1000 km
1995 United Kingdom Ray Bellm
Brazil Maurizio Sandro Sala
Japan Masanori Sekiya
McLaren F1 GTR BPR GT 1000 km
1996 United Kingdom Ray Bellm
United Kingdom James Weaver
Finland JJ Lehto
McLaren F1 GTR BPR GT 1000 km
1997 Italy Alessandro Nannini
Germany Marcel Tiemann
Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR FIA GT 1000 km
1998 Germany Bernd Schneider
Australia Mark Webber
Mercedes-Benz CLK LM FIA GT 1000 km
1999 Japan Osamu Nakako
Japan Ryo Michigami
Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi
Honda NSX GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2000 Japan Juichi Wakisaka
Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi
Japan Daisuke Ito
Honda NSX GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2001 Japan Hironori Takeuchi
Japan Yuji Tachikawa
Japan Shigekazu Wakisaka
Toyota Supra GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2002 Japan Juichi Wakisaka
Japan Akira Iida
Japan Shigekazu Wakisaka
Toyota Supra GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2003 Japan Ryo Michigami
France Sébastien Philippe
Honda NSX GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2004 Japan Ryo Michigami
France Sébastien Philippe
Japan Daisuke Ito
Honda NSX GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2005 Macau André Couto
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
Japan Hayanari Shimoda
Toyota Supra GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2006 France Benoît Tréluyer
Japan Kazuki Hoshino
France Jérémie Dufour
Nissan Fairlady Z GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2007 Germany André Lotterer
Japan Juichi Wakisaka
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Lexus SC430 GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2008 Japan Tsugio Matsuda
France Sébastien Philippe
Nissan GT-R GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2009 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura
Japan Kazuya Oshima
Lexus SC430 GT500 Super GT 700 km
2010 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman
Japan Yuji Ide
Japan Takashi Kobayashi
Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 Super GT 700 km
2011 Japan Takashi Kogure
France Loïc Duval
Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 Super GT 500 km
2012 Japan Masataka Yanagida
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
Nissan GT-R GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2013 France Frédéric Makowiecki
Japan Naoki Yamamoto
Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2014 Japan Kazuki Nakajima
United Kingdom James Rossiter
Lexus RC F GT500 Super GT 1000 km