Japanese Touring Car Championship

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The Japanese Touring Car Championship (abbr: JTCC, officially known as All Japan Touring Car Championship, Japanese name: 全日本ツーリングカー選手権), is a former touring car racing series held in Japan. The series were going to be relaunched in 2012,[1] but the revival was delayed until 2013.[2]

History[edit]

The series had a history going back to the late 1960s and was widely dominated by the C10 Skyline GT-Rs until the Mazda Savanna RX-3 broke its dominance pattern. With by the emergence of Group 5 cars in the later half of the 1970s, the series was replaced in 1979 by the Super Silhouettes, which was held as a support race to the Fuji Grand Champion Series. The series was incorporated and then later dissolved in 1984 by the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship.

The series saw a revival in 1985 for Group A cars, like all other championships in other countries, there was three divisions, by the late 1980s division 3 would be a closely fought competitions between Toyota Supras, Nissan Skylines and the European Ford Sierra RS500, whilst division 2 was mainly BMW M3s and division 1 was between Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Their biggest race of the season was the InterTEC (インターTEC) 500 km which took place in Fuji Speedway. The end of year (November) InterTEC 500 often attracted the top teams and drivers from the European and Australian championships. Top touring car drivers such as Tom Walkinshaw, Peter Brock, Allan Moffat, Allan Grice and Klaus Niedzwiedz often travelled to Fuji for the race.

By 1993, like many other Group A series, the series had ended up becoming a one make affair with just the GT-R only appearing on the top category, followed by the M3s on the other, whereas in Div. 3 only consists of Corollas and Civics. For the following year the series would switch to the Supertouring formula. By 1997 as the class 2 formula cars became more expensive and complicated and due to heavy competitions from JGTC, organisers would make change to the rules to suit crowd demands. Rule changes includes increases to body width and exhaust noise decibels, also keeping the front aerodynamic devices basic.

In 1998 with the withdrawal of Nissan Motors due to financial problems and Honda, to concentrate on its Formula One program and also realising it would be less expensive for them to race their NSX in the Japanese Grand Touring Championship series (although both Nissan and Honda did take part in British Touring Car Championship after they withdrew from JTCC), it left Toyota as the sole factory manufacturer to have cars competing using their Corona EXIVs and Chasers. Occasionally, an independently run Opel Vectra and a pair of Subaru Impreza wagons did race against the factory Toyotas. In 1999, a new formula using spaceframe cars, now renamed Super Silhouette Car Championship came to nothing and the series was abandoned altogether as by then, the Japan's big three had all got work entries in JGTC to this day, now known as Super GT.

The JTCC was to be resurrected in 2013, with Super 2000 car regulations and a calendar consisting of five races in Japan and one in China, in partnership with the Chinese Touring Car Championship. The series had originally planned to return in 2012, but this was delayed due to Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that occurred earlier. [1]

During the championship's life, one fatal accident occurred: Akira Hagiwara was killed in a 1986 Sportsland SUGO race.

Championship winners[edit]

Year Winner Team Car
Group A
1985 Japan Naoki Nagasaka Beaurex BMW 635CSi
1986 Japan Aguri Suzuki NISMO Nissan Skyline RS
1987 Japan Naoki Nagasaka Object T Ford Sierra RS Cosworth,
Ford Sierra RS500
1988 Japan Hisashi Yokoshima Object T Ford Sierra RS Cosworth,
Ford Sierra RS500
1989 Japan Masahiro Hasemi Hasemi Nissan HR31 Skyline GTS-R
1990 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Impul Nissan BNR32 Skyline GT-R
1991 Japan Masahiro Hasemi Hasemi Nissan BNR32 Skyline GT-R
1992 Japan Masahiro Hasemi Hasemi Nissan BNR32 Skyline GT-R
1993 Japan Masahiko Kageyama Impul Nissan BNR32 Skyline GT-R
Supertouring
1994 Japan Masanori Sekiya TOM'S Toyota Corona E
1995 United Kingdom Steve Soper Schnitzer BMW 318i
1996 Japan Naoki Hattori Mooncraft Honda Accord
1997 Japan Osamu Nakako Mugen Honda Accord
1998 Japan Masanori Sekiya TOM'S Toyota Chaser

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Meissner, Johann (2010-08-01). "Japanese S2000 championship to be launched 2012". touringcartimes.com (MediaEmpire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  2. ^ Meissner, Johann (2011-12-22). "JTCC launch postponed by one year". touringcartimes.com (MediaEmpire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 2011-12-22. 

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