Formula Crane 45

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Formula Crane 45
Category Single seaters
Country Japan Japan
Region Autopolis, Ōita Prefecture
Inaugural season 1991
Folded 1992
Constructors Sabre Racing Cars
Engine suppliers Buick

The Formula Crane 45 was a single-seater racing series held at Autopolis in 1991 and 1992.


Owner of the Autopolis circuit Tomonori Tsurumaki ordered 30 Buick powered US built single seater race cars called Sabre FC45 for a race to take place on his circuit's grand opening, on November 1990 consisting of a mixture of invited US CART drivers such as Stan Fox, Johnny Rutherford, Dick Simon, Gary and Tony Bettenhausen, against local Japanese drivers. The cars were originally built for a spec racing class ran by the USAC. This class was never realized. After the grand opening, Tsurumaki planned on a series with the cars, known as Formula Crane 45. With only a hand full of cars during the 1991 and 1992 season the class was not very successful. When Autopolis went bankrupt the assets including the cars were sold to the highest bidder.[1]


Round Date Winning driver
1 April 21 Japan Masatomo Shimizu
2 June 9 Japan Masatomo Shimizu
3 August 18 Japan Shunji Kasuya
4 November 11 Japan Shunji Kasuya


Round Date Winning driver
1 May 31 Japan Shunji Kasuya
2 September 20 Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka
3 October 18 Japan Fumio Muto
4 November 22 Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka


Year Driver Car
1991 Japan Masatomo Shimizu Sabre FC45
1992 Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka Sabre FC45


  1. ^ "Formula Crane 45". Racing History Japan. Retrieved 2 January 2014.