Keiko Ihara

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Keiko Ihara
Nationality Japan Japanese
Born (1973-07-04) July 4, 1973 (age 41)
Tokyo (Japan)
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship
Debut season 2012
Current team Gulf Racing Middle East
Car no. 29
Starts 2
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
2009
2008
2005-06
2005
2004
2003
2003
2002
2001
2000
Formula Le Mans Cup
Aston Martin Asia Cup
British Formula Three
Masters of Formula 3
Le Mans Endurance Series
Super GT
Formula BMW Asia
Asia Formula 2000
French Formula Three
Formula Renault 2.0 UK

Keiko Ihara (井原 慶子, Ihara Keiko) (born July 4, 1973) is a Japanese female race car driver. She was a former race queen, a model who appears in a swimsuit or other fashionable apparel at race circuits, before deciding to become a racing driver. She is one of the few Japanese women nationals to race internationally at a high level. Her best finishes in the British Formula Three Championship are two 8th places finishes in 2005, which helped her to a final championship standing position of 16th with 12 points. In the 2006 series, she finished in 17th and last position in the Championship Class, with 4 points.

Ihara joined the Gulf Racing Middle East to compete at the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 class with Jean-Denis Délétraz and Fabien Giroix as codrivers. In 2013 she raced two rounds for Gulf Racing Middle East and four with OAK Racing, both in the LMP2 class. The driver won the Fuji round of the 2014 Asian Le Mans Series for Oak Racing, together with Ho-Pin Tung and David Cheng.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Podiums F/Laps Points Final Placing
2000 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Tatuus FR2000 12 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
2001 French Formula Three ARTA/Signature 11 0 0 0 0 22 13th
2002 Asia Formula 2000 Autosports Racing Team  ?  ? 2  ?  ?  ?  ?
Macau Asian Formula 2000 Challenge 1 0 0 1 0 N/A 3rd
2003 Super GT GT300 class R&D Sports 4 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
Formula BMW Asia Team Yellow Hat  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 139 3rd
2004 Le Mans Endurance Series GT class T2M Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
2005 British Formula Three Carlin Motorsport 22 0 0 0 0 12 17th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 25th
2006 British Formula Three Carlin Motorsport 22 0 0 0 0 4 17th
2008 Aston Martin Asia Cup 1 0 0 0 0 0† N/A†
2009 Formula Le Mans Cup Exagon Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 1 49th
2012 Dubai 24 Hour SP3 GT4-A class Gulf Team First 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 50th
FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 class Gulf Racing Middle East 8 0 0 0 0 2 70th
2013 FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 class Gulf Racing Middle East
OAK Racing
7 0 0 0 0 12 22nd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 Gulf Racing Middle East 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF

* Season in progress. † – Charity race guest.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 United Arab Emirates Gulf Racing Middle East Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
France Marc Rostan
Lola B12/80-Nissan LMP2 17 DNF DNF
2013 United Arab Emirates Gulf Racing Middle East France Fabien Giroix
France Philippe Haezebrouck
Lola B12/80-Nissan LMP2 22 DNF DNF
2014 France Larbre Compétition France Pierre Ragues
United States Ricky Taylor
Morgan LMP2-Judd LMP2 341 14th 9th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 Gulf Racing Middle East LMP2 Lola B12/80 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D SEB
EX
SPA
9
LMS
Ret
SIL
11
SÃO
9
BHR
Ret
FUJ
6
SHA
Ret
70th 2
2013 Gulf Racing Middle East LMP2 Lola B12/80 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D SIL SPA
9
LMS
Ret
22nd 12
OAK Racing Morgan LMP2 SÃO
5
COA FUJ
9
SHA
6
BHR
5

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