2005 D1 Grand Prix season

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2005 D1 Grand Prix season
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Changes for the 2005 Season[edit]

  • Keiichi Tsuchiya being the sole judge, with Manabu Orido leaving his spot to become a D1GP competitor.
  • The introduction of the DriftBox being used as a judging aid.
  • A points scoring system is introduced which drivers are awarded 10 to 0 depending to their performance to the rival, 10-0 being the highest and 5-5 is considered a draw, as a result, it is up to the judges to call for a sudden death match, if the score becomes too close.
  • 10th place no longer jointly awarded points as was the case in prior seasons—1pt now awarded to the best six drivers of the best 16 tsuiso round.

2005 Schedules[edit]

n.b. Winning Driver are mentioned on the right

2005 D1 Grand Prix Point Series[edit]

Round 1 - February 26/27 - Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, California, USA - Yasuyuki Kazama (S15)
Round 2 - April 16 - Metropolitan Parking, Odaiba, Japan - Katsuhiro Ueo (AE86)
Round 3 - May 7/8 - Sports Land SUGO, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan - Yasuyuki Kazama (S15)
Round 4 - August 6/7 - Autopolis, Ōita Prefecture, Japan - Toshiki Yoshioka (AE86)
Round 5 - August 20/21 - Ebisu South Course, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan - Yasuyuki Kazama (S15)
Round 6 - October 22/23 - Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan - Masao Suenaga (FD3S)
Round 7 - November 20 - Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan - Youichi Imamura (FD3S)

2005 D1 Grand Prix Exhibition Matches[edit]

D1 Odaiba Allstar Exhibition - April 17 - Metropolitan Parking, Odaiba, Japan - Youichi Imamura (FD3S)
D1 Street Legal Exhibition - August 20/21 - Ebisu South Course, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan - Naoto Suenaga (S15)
D1 UK Exhibition - October 2 - Silverstone, England - Ryuji Miki (S15)
D1 Street Legal Exhibition 2 - November 20 - Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan - Kazuto Ichiyanagi (RPS13)
D1 USA vs Japan Allstar Exhibition - December 17 - Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, California, USA - Vaughn Gittin Jr. (MUSTANG)

Race Reports[edit]

USA vs Japan All Star Exhibition[edit]

This event was originally were to be run at the same Auto Club Speedway as a double bill of the GT Live event, but due to unforeseen circumstances. The JGTC organisers cancelled the event and the D1GP event were moved to Irvindale.

During the USA vs Japan All Star Exhibition event in December, the organisers, rather than running the course the usual anti-clockwise route that is found in ovals, the course was run in the other direction. Many drivers had trouble adjusting to the new track change, including Ken Nomura, the Import drag racing star Stephan Papadakis on his debut drifting season and Rhys Millen who all crashed during qualifying. One notable debuts was the father of Rhys, Rod Millen, the rallying and Pikes Peak legend, with all the thirty year motorsport experiences he gained, he broke into the last 16 on his first ever D1 outing in his Mazda RX-8. After a long break from his Last 16 appearance at round 1 in 2004 due to competing in a Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, which rendered him ineligible for partipication, Samuel Hubinette would make a return with his SRT-10 at the last 16 along with Alex Pfeiffer and Tanner Foust.

The event was mainly noted for having a non Japanese driver and car to win over the Japanese who usually dominates all the D1 events. Vaughn Gittin Jr took first place after defeating Tatsuya Sakuma, who was driving an APP Racing Silvia S15 with his Falken Tire sponsored Ford Mustang GT through a One More Time rerun. He also defeated two championship winners (Yasuyuki Kazama and Youichi Imamura) en route.

Final Championship Results[edit]

Position Driver Car rd.1 rd.2 rd.3 rd.4 rd.5 rd.6 rd.7 Total
1st Yasuyuki Kazama Nissan Silvia S15 20 16 20 12 20 1 8 97
2nd Masao Suenaga Mazda Efini RX-7 FD3S 10 12 10 16 14 20 14 96
3rd Youichi Imamura Mazda Efini RX-7 FD3S 18 4 12 1 12 1 20 68
4th Nobushige Kumakubo Nissan Silvia S15/Subaru Impreza GDB 14 - 2 10 12 12 16 55
4th Masato Kawabata Nissan Silvia S15 1 14 4 8 - 16 12 55
6th Ken Nomura Nissan Skyline ER34 6 - 18 4 1 14 6 49
7th Katsuhiro Ueo Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 - 20 - 1 4 18 2 45
8th Tatsuya Sakuma Nissan Silvia S15 - - 16 6 - 1 18 41
9th Toshiki Yoshioka Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 1 8 - 20 1 - 10 40
10th Nobuteru Taniguchi Toyota Altezza SXE10 2 18 - - 6 10 - 36
11th Tetsuya Hibino Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 - - 8 18 - - - 28
12th Manabu Orido Toyota Supra JZA80 - 6 1 - 18 - - 25
13th Kazuhiro Tanaka Nissan Silvia S15/Subaru Impreza GDB 1 1 14 2 2 - - 20
14th Tsuyoshi Tezuka Nissan Skyline BNR32 - - 1 - 16 2 - 19
15th Takahiro Ueno Toyota Soarer JZZ30 16 - - 1 - - 1 18
16th Ryuji Miki Nissan Fairlady Z Z33 4 10 - - 1 - 1 16
17th Shinji Matsukawa Nissan 180SX RPS13/Nissan Silvia PS13 - - - 14 - - - 14
18th Rhys Millen Pontiac GTO 12 - - - - - - 12
19th Naoto Suenaga Nissan Silvia PS13 - 1 - - 10 - - 11
20th Ken Maeda Mazda Efini RX-7 FD3S 8 1 - - - - - 9
21st Masayoshi Tokita Toyota Soarer MZ12 - - - - 8 - - 8
21st Shuichi Yoshioka Nissan 180SX RPS13 - - - - - 8 - 8
21st Kenji Takayama Mazda RX-7 FC3S - 2 6 - - - - 8
24th Takumi Nozawa Nissan Silvia S14 - - - - - 6 - 6
25th Ken Shinose Nissan Silvia PS13 - - - - - 4 - 4
25th Kouichi Yamashita Mazda RX-8 SE3P - - - - - - 4 4
27th Hideo Hiraoka Nissan Fairlady Z Z33 1 - 1 - 1 - - 3
28th Kuniaki Takahashi Toyota Chaser JZX100 1 1 - - - - - 2
28th Toyohisa Matsuda Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 1 1 - - - - - 2
28th Shinji Minowa Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 - - 1 1 - - - 2
28th Drift Samurai Mazda RX-7 FC3S - - - 1 1 - - 2
32nd Shinichi Yamada Nissan Silvia S15 - 1 - - - - - 1
32nd Michihiro Takatori Nissan Skyline BNR34 - - 1 - - - - 1
32nd Koji Togasaki Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 - - 1 - - - - 1
32nd Manabu Fijinaka Mazda Efini RX-7 FD3S - - - 1 - - - 1
32nd Junichi Miyamoto Nissan 180SX RPS13 - - - - - 1 - 1
32nd Masaru Kakemizu Nissan 180SX RPS13 - - - - - 1 - 1
32nd Atsushi Kuroi Nissan Silvia PS13 - - - - - - 1 1
32nd Daigo Saito Toyota Mark II JZX90 - - - - - - 1 1
32nd Kensaku Komoro Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 - - - - - - 1 1

See also[edit]

Source[edit]

D1GP Results Database 2005