Keiko Ihara

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Keiko Ihara
Keiko Ihara - Le Mans 2012.JPG
Keiko Ihara at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans
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.

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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