Kazuyoshi Hoshino

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Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Kazuyoshi Hoshino 2010 Formula Nippon Motegi (May).jpg
In 2010, as the team principal of Impul
Born (1947-07-01) 1 July 1947 (age 66)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Japan Japanese
Active years 1976 - 1977
Teams Heros Racing
Races 2
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1976 Japanese Grand Prix
Last race 1977 Japanese Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1986 - 1990, 1995 - 1998
Teams Nismo, TOM'S
Best finish 3rd (1998)

Kazuyoshi Hoshino (Shinjitai: 星野 一義 Hoshino Kazuyoshi?, born in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, 1 July 1947) is a former racing driver and businessman from Japan.[1]

Motorsport career[edit]

Hoshino's nickname was "the fastest man/guy in Japan" (日本一速い男 Nippon ichi hayai otoko?). He won the Japanese motocross national championships in the 90cc and 125cc classes for Kawasaki in 1968 before switching to cars as a Nissan factory driver in 1969.[2]

Hoshino participated in two Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 24 October 1976 at the Japanese Grand Prix.[3] Driving a Tyrrell-Ford for Heros Racing, he retired having used up his tyre supply. He returned in 1977 and once again entered the Japanese Grand Prix driving for Heros Racing. He finished in eleventh place driving a year-old Kojima-Ford.[4] He scored no championship points in his Formula 1 career.[5]

His only major world championship win was in the 1985 World Sportscar Championship round at the Fuji 1000 race, which was boycotted by many competing teams due to torrential rain.[6]

Hoshino won the Japanese Formula 2000 championship in 1975 and 1977, before winning the Japanese Formula Two championship in 1978.[7][8] He then competed in the Japanese Formula 3000 championship, winning that title in 1987, 1990 and 1993.[9]

Hoshino also dominated the Fuji Grand Champion Series in the 1970s and 1980s. He won five titles in 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1987, collecting 28 wins and 42 podiums.

Like his compatriot, Masahiro Hasemi, he continued his career racing for Nissan, driving a Skyline GT-R to win the Japanese Touring Car Championship in 1990. Hoshino drove a Nissan R90C with Toshio Suzuki to win the 1990 Suzuka 1000 race.[6] Hoshino and Suzuki also won the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship in 1991 and 1992.[10] Along with Nissan Motorsports teammates Aguri Suzuki and Masahiko Kageyama, Hoshino drove a Nissan R390 GT1 to a third place finish at the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans.[11]

Hoshino retired from racing in 2002 and now continues to run his own Super GT team and his own Nissan specialised aftermarket parts company, Impul. Since 2003, his racing team has won the Formula Nippon championship seven times in eight years. His son, Kazuki Hoshino, competes in Super GT, driving for his father's team.

Racing record[edit]

Japanese Top Formula Championship 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 DC Points
1974 Kojima Engineering SUZ SUZ SUZ SUZ
3
5th 10
1975 Victory Circle Club FUJ SUZ
2
FUJ
1
SUZ
3
SUZ
1
1st 59
1976 Heroes Racing Corporation FUJ
Ret
SUZ FUJ
1
SUZ
1
SUZ
DNS
4th 40
1977 Heroes Racing Corporation SUZ
3
SUZ
1
MIN SUZ
2
FUJ
1
FUJ
1
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
2
1st 90 (102)
1978 Heroes Racing Corporation SUZ
1
FUJ
1
SUZ
3
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
1
MIN SUZ
12
1st 76
1979 Heroes Racing Corporation SUZ
2
MIN SUZ
2
FUJ
10
SUZ
2
SUZ
6
SUZ
1
2nd 78 (79)
1980 Heroes Racing Corporation SUZ
3
MIN
2
SUZ
4
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
2
SUZ
1
2nd 65
1981 Heroes Racing Corporation SUZ
2
SUZ
10
SUZ
1
SUZ
3
SUZ
Ret
2nd 48
1982 Heroes Racing Corporation SUZ
3
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
1
SUZ
5
SUZ
2
2nd 55
1983 Hoshino Racing SUZ
4
FUJ
DSQ
MIN
3
SUZ
2
SUZ
2
FUJ
3
SUZ
2
SUZ
3
2nd 79 (89)
1984 Hoshino Racing SUZ
2
FUJ
2
MIN
1
SUZ
2
SUZ
2
FUJ
5
SUZ
2
SUZ
Ret
3rd 95 (103)
1985 Hoshino Racing SUZ
10
FUJ
2
MIN
2
SUZ
DNS
SUZ
1
FUJ
11
SUZ
14
SUZ
DNS
4th 51
1986 Hoshino Racing SUZ
Ret
FUJ
3
MIN
Ret
SUZ
2
SUZ
1
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
1
SUZ
1
2nd 87
1987 Hoshino Racing SUZ
1
FUJ
10
MIN
2
SUZ
1
SUZ
1
SUG
1
FUJ
6
SUZ
2
SUZ
2
1st 132
1988 CABIN RACING TEAM WITH IMPUL SUZ
1
FUJ
2
MIN
3
SUZ
2
SUG
3
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
1
SUZ
1
2nd 43
1989 CABIN RACING TEAM WITH IMPUL SUZ
1
FUJ
Ret
MIN
Ret
SUZ
Ret
SUG
Ret
FUJ
1
SUZ
3
SUZ
Ret
3rd 22
1990 CABIN RACING TEAM WITH IMPUL SUZ
1
FUJ
1
MIN
4
SUZ
16
SUG
3
FUJ
1
FUJ
1
SUZ
1
FUJ
5
SUZ
1
1st 58 (63)
1991 CABIN RACING TEAM WITH IMPUL SUZ
Ret
AUT
2
FUJ
1
MIN
Ret
SUZ
Ret
SUG
Ret
FUJ
1
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
C
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
Ret
4th 24
1992 CABIN RACING TEAM WITH IMPUL SUZ
2
FUJ
Ret
MIN
DNS
SUZ
Ret
AUT
Ret
SUG
7
FUJ
3
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
12
FUJ
13
12th 10
1993 NISSEKI IMPUL RACING TEAM SUZ
2
FUJ
1
MIN
Ret
SUZ
2
AUT
C
SUG
Ret
FUJ
C
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
5
FUJ
1
SUZ
Ret
1st 32
1994 NISSEKI IMPUL RACING TEAM SUZ
Ret
FUJ
7
MIN
Ret
SUZ
Ret
SUG
Ret
FUJ
5
SUZ
15
FUJ
Ret
FUJ
4
SUZ
6
8th 6
1995 NISSEKI IMPUL RACING TEAM SUZ
11
FUJ
C
MIN
3
SUZ
6
SUG
Ret
FUJ
2
TOK
Ret
FUJ
2
SUZ
4
4th 20
1996 CALSONIC IMPUL SUZ
1
MIN
Ret
FUJ
3
TOK
4
SUZ
5
SUG
2
FUJ
Ret
MIN
Ret
SUZ
2
FUJ
Ret
3rd 31

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Complete Formula One results[5][edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1976 Heros Racing Tyrrell 007 Cosworth V8 BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
BEL
MON
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
CAN
USA
JPN
Ret
NC 0
1977 Heros Racing Kojima KE009 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
MON
BEL
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
USA
CAN
JPN
11
NC 0

Complete JGTC results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Pts
1995 Hoshino Racing Nissan Skyline GT-R GT1 SUZ
FUJ
SEN
2
FUJ
7
SUG
2
MIN
3
14th 19
1996 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
8
FUJ
5
SEN
5
MIN
1
SUG
2
MIN
Ret
4th 54
1997 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
Ret
FUJ
SEN
15
FUJ
4
MIN
6
SUG
14
13th 16
1998 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
11
FUJ
SEN
5
FUJ
3
MOT
2
MIN
7
SUG
4
3rd 49
1999 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
10
FUJ
3
SUG
5
MIN
6
FUJ
5
TAI
10
MOT
7
7th 40
2000 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 MOT
17
FUJ
5
SUG
5
FUJ
3
TAI
6
MIN
1
SUZ
3
3rd 66
2001 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 TAI
FUJ
SUG
FUJ
7
MOT
3
SUZ
11
MIN
5
13th 24
2002 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 TAI
14
FUJ
Ret
SUG
8
SEP
14
FUJ
Ret
MOT
MIN
SUZ
24th 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kazuyoshi Hoshino profile". Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Moto Racing Japan-Champions". motoracing-japan.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kazuyoshi Hoshino 1976 Formula 1 results". formula1.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kazuyoshi Hoshino 1977 Formula 1 results". formula1.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Kazuyoshi Hoshino Formula 1 career profile". f1pulse.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Kazuyoshi Hoshino career profile". race-driver-archive.com. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Japanese Formula 2000 Championship overview". race-driver-archive.com. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Japanese Formula 2 Championship overview". race-driver-archive.com. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Japanese Formula 3000 championship overview". race-driver-archive.com. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Japanese Sportscar Championship overview". race-driver-archive.com. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "1998 24 Hours of Le Mans results". experiencelemans.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Noritake Takahara
Japanese Formula 2000
Champion

1975
Succeeded by
Noritake Takahara
Preceded by
Noritake Takahara
Japanese Formula 2000 / Japanese Formula Two
Champion

1977-1978
Succeeded by
Keiiji Matsumoto
Preceded by
Satoru Nakajima
(Japanese Formula Two)
Japanese Formula 3000
Champion

1987
Succeeded by
Aguri Suzuki
Preceded by
Hitoshi Ogawa
Japanese Formula 3000
Champion

1990
Succeeded by
Ukyo Katayama
Preceded by
Masahiro Hasemi
Japanese Touring Car Championship
Champion

1990
Succeeded by
Masahiro Hasemi
Preceded by
Mauro Martini
Japanese Formula 3000
Champion

1993
Succeeded by
Marco Apicella