Kazuhiro Tanaka

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For the Japanese pentathlete, see Kazuhiro Tanaka (pentathlete).
Kazuhiro Tanaka
Nationality  Japan
Born (1970-07-04) July 4, 1970 (age 44)
Ibaraki
2014 D1 Grand Prix
Debut season 2001
Current team Team Orange
Wins 2
Best finish 8 in 2003, 2004

Kazuhiro Tanaka (田中一弘 Tanaka Kazuhiro?, 4 July 1970, Ibaraki) is a Japanese professional drifting driver, currently competing in the D1 Grand Prix series for Team Orange and Yuke’s.

He first discovered drifting when riding in a friends Toyota AE86 and he became hooked. As soon as he got his licence he bought a Toyota AE86 of his own and began practicing in the mountains, unluckily he soon had a nasty crash which almost caused him to give up drifting altogether. The next car he bought was a normally aspirated automatic Toyota Mark II with no LSD thinking that he wouldn’t be able to drift it, he soon discovered he was wrong, and decided that he was just meant to drift. He then bought a Toyota Chaser JZX81 and soon started to enter competitions, eventually it ended up with many battle scars, and he was known as the guy with the broken down Chaser, but he didn’t care as he adored the car. As well as being a D1 driver he works for M Sports, a well known body kit manufacturer and also competes in R/C car drifting competitions.

He entered the D1 Grand Prix in the first round in 2001 and did well gaining his first win in 2003. He is a member of Team Orange with Nobushige Kumakubo and Naoto Suenaga and enjoys working on close tandem driving with them. He currently drives a Subaru Impreza converted to rear wheel drive which he can drift just as well as his old Nissan Silvia, though in 2007 he has not had a very good season.

Complete Drifting Results[edit]

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D1 Grand Prix[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Position Points
2001 Nissan 180SX EBS
DNQ
NIK
DNQ
BHH
EBS
TAN
NIK
0
2002 Team Orange Nissan Silvia S15 BHH
EBS
DNQ
SGO
2
TKB
TAN
EBS
TAN
SEK
TAN
NIK
TAN
17 18
2003 Team Orange Nissan Silvia S15 TKB
3
BHH
1
SGO
TAN
FUJ
TAN
EBS
16
SEK
10
TKB
16
8 38
2004 Team Orange Nissan Silvia S15 IRW
6
SGO
16
EBS
7
APS
TAN
ODB
9
EBS
6
TKB
TAN
8 32
2005 Team Orange Nissan Silvia S15 IRW
13
ODB
16
SGO
4
APS
10
EBS
10
FUJ
TAN
TKB
TAN
13 20
2006 Team Orange / Yuke's Subaru Impreza GDB IRW
3
SGO
TAN
FUJ
16
APS
TAN
EBS
7
SUZ
6
FUJ
9
IRW
1
59 6
2007 Team Orange / Yuke's Subaru Impreza GDB EBS
12
FUJ
TAN
SUZ
10
SGO
14
EBS
TAN
APS
DNQ
FUJ
DNQ
22 5
2008 Team Orange / Yuke's Subaru Impreza GDB EBS
3
FUJ
TAN
SUZ
10
OKY
9
APS
5
EBS
FUJ
7 47

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