Hiroki Yoshimoto

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Hiroki Yoshimoto
Nationality  Japanese
Born (1980-09-02) September 2, 1980 (age 34)
Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
2014 World Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2011
Current team NIKA Racing
Car no. 67
Former teams Tuenti Racing Team
Starts 6
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish NC in 20112013
Previous series
200506
200809
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Daiki Yoshimoto
Also known as Hiroki Yoshimoto
Born (1980-09-02) September 2, 1980 (age 34)
Origin Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Vocalist, Race car driver
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 2004 -
Labels Giza Studio
Associated acts doa

Hiroki Yoshimoto (吉本 大樹 Yoshimoto Hiroki?) (born 2 September 1980 in Osaka) is a Japanese race car driver. He raced in the 2005 GP2 Series for the BCN Competicion team, alongside the Venezuelan E. J. Viso. For 2006 he was initially teamed with the more experienced Timo Glock of Germany. In addition to his racing, he is also the vocalist for Japanese rock band doa under the name Daiki Yoshimoto (吉本 大樹 Yoshimoto Daiki?, "Daiki" and "Hiroki" are written identically in Japanese).[1]

Racing career[edit]

Yoshimoto is the only driver in GP2 Series to have driven the bulk of his pre-GP2 career in Asia, the rest of the series mainly moving up the ranks in South America or Europe. Yoshimoto started out in 1999, competing in Japanese Formula Junior 1600. He moved for Japanese Formula Toyota in 2000, racing in Korean F1800 later in the year. A move to Japanese Formula Three for 2001 was his reward for hard work, although his stint with the Yellow Hat team resulted in only two races.

He got his first taste of a full Japanese F3 season in 2002, though, with the Now team. He achieved 1 win, 1 pole position and two other podium finishes, finishing 8th in the championship. He also finished respectively 5th in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix. He stayed with the team for 2003 finishing 10th in the championship before moving on in 2004 for the Japanese GT Series. He also drove two races of the World Series by Nissan of the same year, for the Gabord team.

On 3 and 4 November 2007, Yoshimoto took part in the Formula Asia V6 by Renault Championship at the Zhuhai International Circuit. He won round 11 ahead of James Winslow and Armaan Ebrahim but stalled on the grid for round 12 and eventually finished 5th.

He returned to GP2 for 2008, driving for the Qi-Meritus Mahara team in the GP2 Asia Series. He continued in the series for the 2008–09 season with the BCN Competición team. However, BCN was purchased and renamed as Ocean Racing Technology after the first round of the season, and Yoshimoto was replaced by Yelmer Buurman.[2]

Racing record[edit]

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 BCN Competición SMR
FEA

Ret
SMR
SPR

9
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

17
MON
FEA

DNS
EUR
FEA

11
EUR
SPR

Ret
FRA
FEA

6
FRA
SPR

2
GBR
FEA

13
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

12
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

13
HUN
SPR

17
TUR
FEA

8
TUR
SPR

10
ITA
FEA

10
ITA
SPR

16
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

17
BHR
FEA

7
BHR
SPR

6
16th 14
2006 BCN Competición VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

12
SMR
FEA

8
SMR
SPR

3
EUR
FEA

8
EUR
SPR

4
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

Ret
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

17
FRA
FEA

9
FRA
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

23
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

19
ITA
FEA

8
ITA
SPR

5
15th 12

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008 Qi-Meritus Mahara UAE
FEA

6
UAE
SPR

4
IND
FEA

Ret
IND
SPR

20
MAL
FEA

Ret
MAL
SPR

10
BHR
FEA

12
BHR
SPR

4
UAE
FEA

5
UAE
SPR

13
10th 13
2008–09 BCN Competición CHN
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

8
UAE
FEA

UAE
SPR

BHR
FEA

BHR
SPR

QAT
FEA

QAT
SPR

MAL
FEA

MAL
SPR

BHR
FEA

BHR
SPR

24th 0

Complete Super GT results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
2004 Team LeyJun Vemac RD320R GT300 TAI
6
SUG
6
SEP
14
TOK
22
MOT
19
AUT
SUZ
12th 16
2005 Direxiv Vemac RD320R GT300 OKA
FUJ
SEP
SUG
MOT
FUJ
AUT
10
SUZ
14
22nd 1
2006 Cars Tokai Dream28 Mooncraft Shiden GT300 SUZ
OKA
FUJ
SEP
SUG
SUZ
5
MOT
AUT
FUJ
23rd 11
2007 Cars Tokai Dream28 Mooncraft Shiden GT300 SUZ
OKA
FUJ
SEP
SUG
SUZ
1
MOT
AUT
FUJ
14th 24
2008 Cars Tokai Dream28 Mooncraft Shiden GT300 SUZ
OKA
FUJ
SEP
SUG
SUZ
Ret
MOT
AUT
FUJ
7th 111
2009 Cars Tokai Dream28 Mooncraft Shiden GT300 OKA
SUZ
7
FUJ
9
SEP
1
SUG
2
SUZ
3
FUJ
5
AUT
16
MOT
16
8th 58
2010 A speed Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 GT300 SUZ
DSQ
OKA
15
FUJ
3
SEP
12
SUG
11
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
C
MOT
23
14th 11
2011 A speed Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 GT300 OKA
1
FUJ
Ret
SEP
Ret
SUG
8
SUZ
12
FUJ
9
AUT
11
MOT
4
8th 33
2012 A speed Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 GT300 OKA
11
FUJ
3
SEP
3
SUG
Ret
SUZ
1
FUJ
Ret
AUT
1
MOT
5
2nd 73
2013 JLOC Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 GT300 OKA
3
FUJ
7
SEP
Ret
SUG
5
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
20
FUJ
AUT
10
MOT
8
11th 25
2014 LM corsa BMW Z4 GT3 GT300 OKA
22
FUJ
21
AUT
7
SUG
10
FUJ
5
SUZ
1
BUR
4
MOT
15
6th 44

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2011 SUNRED Engineering SUNRED SR León 1.6T BRA
1
BRA
2
BEL
1
BEL
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
CZE
1
CZE
2
POR
1
POR
2
GBR
1
GBR
2
GER
1
GER
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
JPN
1

Ret
JPN
2

17
CHN
1
CHN
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
NC 0
2012 Tuenti Racing Team SUNRED SR León 1.6T ITA
1
ITA
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
POR
1
POR
2
BRA
1
BRA
2
USA
1
USA
2
JPN
1

16
JPN
2

19
CHN
1
CHN
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
NC 0
2013 NIKA Racing Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T ITA
1
ITA
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
RUS
1
RUS
2
POR
1
POR
2
ARG
1
ARG
2
USA
1
USA
2
JPN
1

18
JPN
2

Ret
CHN
1
CHN
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "::doa official web site ::~PROFILE(プロフィール)~吉本大樹". Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Ocean sign Crestani as second driver". autosport.com. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 

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