Kohei Hirate

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Kohei Hirate
Kohei Hirate 2010 Super GT Fuji 400km.jpg
Hirate at the 2010 Fuji 400km Super GT race.
Nationality  Japanese
Born (1986-03-24) 24 March 1986 (age 28)
2014 Super GT
Debut season 2008
Current team Lexus Team Cerumo
Car no. 1
Former teams SARD, apr
Starts 47
Wins 5
Best finish 1st in 2013
Previous series
200813
2007
200406
2004
2003–04
2003–04
2003
2003
2002
Super Formula
GP2 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
Asian Formula Renault
FR2000 Germany
FR2000 Italia
FR2000 Netherlands
FR2000 Masters
Formula Toyota
In this Japanese name, the family name is "Hirate".

Kohei Hirate (平手晃平 Hirate Kohei?, born 24 March 1986 in Komaki, Aichi) is a Japanese race car driver.

Career[edit]

Hirate began karting in 1999 when he was 13. After winning the All Japan Junior Kart Championship, coming third and fifth in the All Japan Kart Championship and coming third in the FIA Oceania Championship, he moved on to Formula Toyota, where he raced for the Tom's Spirit team and came second with four wins to his name.

Hirate during free practice for the first Motegi round of the 2010 Formula Nippon season.

In 2003, he moved to Formula Renault, at the Prema Power team. In his two-year spell here he won 7 races and came second in the 2004 season. In 2004 he also raced for Prema Power's Formula Three Euroseries team twice, and in 2005 made the decision to race here. After coming twelfth for Team Rosberg, he was made a Toyota F1 test driver in 2006 and came third in the Formula Three Euroseries. In 2007 he continued as a Toyota test driver and also drove for GP2 team Trident Racing.

Hirate returned to Japan in 2008, where he competed in both Formula Nippon and Super GT. He finished fourth in the 2008 Formula Nippon season and fifth in 2009, both times driving for Team Impul.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2002 Formula Toyota TOM'S Spirit  ? 4 2  ?  ?  ? 2nd
2003 Formula Renault 2000 Italia Prema Powerteam 12 1 0 1 2 113 8th
Formula Renault 2000 Masters 8 0 0 0 0 8 21st
Formula Renault 2000 Germany Franken Racing 4 0 0 0 0 33 24th
Formula Renault 2000 Netherlands  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 15 21st
2004 Formula 3 Euro Series Prema Powerteam 4 0 0 0 0 0 28th
Bahrain Superprix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 12th
Formula Renault 2000 Italia 15 6 6 2 10 266 2nd
Formula Renault 2000 Germany 2 0 0 0 0 25 25th
Asian Formula Renault Challenge Asia Racing Team 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2005 Formula 3 Euro Series Team Rosberg 20 0 0 0 1 18 11th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2006 Formula 3 Euro Series Manor Motorsport 20 1 0 2 5 61 3rd
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 27th
Formula One Panasonic Toyota Racing Test driver
2007 GP2 Series Trident Racing 21 0 0 0 1 9 19th
Formula One Panasonic Toyota Racing Test driver
2008 Formula Nippon Team Impul 8 1 0 0 3 42 4th
Super GT - GT300 apr 7 1 1 0 1 33 15th
2009 Formula Nippon Team Impul 8 0 1 0 2 32 5th
Super GT - GT500 Lexus Team SARD 9 0 0 0 1 27 14th
2010 Formula Nippon Team Impul 8 1 0 2 2 25.5 5th
Super GT - GT500 Lexus Team SARD 8 0 0 0 0 12 12th
2011 Formula Nippon Team Impul 8 0 0 1 1 15 8th
Super GT - GT500 Lexus Team Cerumo 8 1 0 0 2 47 6th
2012 Formula Nippon Project μ/cerumo・INGING 8 0 0 1 0 8 9th
Super GT - GT500 Lexus Team Cerumo 8 2 0 0 3 74 2nd
2013 Formula Nippon Project μ/cerumo・INGING 7 0 0 0 1 11 9th
Super GT - GT500 Lexus Team Cerumo 8 1 0 0 4 69 1st
2014 Super GT - GT500 Lexus Team Cerumo 4 1 0 0 1 35* 3rd*
  • * Season in progress.

Complete GP2 Series 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 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2007 Trident Racing BHR
FEA

18
BHR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA

13
ESP
SPR

10
MON
FEA

12
FRA
FEA

Ret
FRA
SPR

11
GBR
FEA

18
GBR
SPR

Ret
EUR
FEA

5
EUR
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

11
HUN
SPR

10
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

10
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

13
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

16
19th 9

Complete Formula Nippon/Super Formula 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
2008 Team Impul FUJ
Ret
SUZ
2
MOT
6
OKA
3
SUZ1
5
SUZ2
1
MOT1
Ret
MOT2
DNS
FUJ1 FUJ2 SUG
5
4th 42
2009 Team Impul FUJ
3
SUZ
4
MOT
Ret
FUJ
5
SUZ
5
MOT
8
AUT
4
SUG
3
5th 32
2010 Team Impul SUZ
4
MOT
7
FUJ
1
MOT
3
SUG
12
AUT
8
SUZ1
9
SUZ2
6
5th 25.5
2011 Team Impul SUZ
9
AUT
8
FUJ
2
MOT
5
SUZ
C
SUG
8
MOT1
7
MOT2
Ret
8th 15
2012 Project μ/cerumo・INGING SUZ
10
MOT
NC
AUT
7
FUJ
7
MOT
8
SUG
8
SUZ1
9
SUZ2
5
9th 8
2013 P.mu/cerumo・INGING SUZ
12
AUT
Ret
FUJ
2
MOT
15
SUG
Ret
SUZ1
5
SUZ2
7
9th 11

Complete Super GT results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
2008 apr Toyota MR-S GT300 SUZ
13
OKA
12
FUJ
1
SEP
9
SUG
6
SUZ
MOT
AUT
9
FUJ
Ret
15th 33
2009 Lexus Team SARD Lexus SC430 GT500 OKA
15
SUZ
10
FUJ
10
SEP
13
SUG
2
SUZ
7
FUJ
11
AUT
12
MOT
5
14th 27
2010 Lexus Team SARD Lexus SC430 GT500 SUZ
5
OKA
10
FUJ
Ret
SEP
10
SUG
10
SUZ
8
FUJ
C
MOT
11
12th 12
2011 Lexus Team Cerumo Lexus SC430 GT500 OKA
8
FUJ
5
SEP
5
SUG
11
SUZ
14
FUJ
1
AUT
3
MOT
10
6th 47
2012 Lexus Team Cerumo Lexus SC430 GT500 OKA
1
FUJ
8
SEP
2
SUG
5
SUZ
9
FUJ
8
AUT
7
MOT
1
2nd 74
2013 Lexus Team Cerumo Lexus SC430 GT500 OKA
4
FUJ
2
SEP
14
SUG
11
SUZ
11
FUJ
1
AUT
2
MOT
3
1st 69
2014 Lexus Team Cerumo Lexus RC F GT500 OKA
14
FUJ
2
AUT
12
SUG
1
FUJ
14
SUZ
8
BUR
11
MOT
7
8th 43

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ronnie Quintarelli
Masataka Yanagida
Super GT (GT500) Champion
2013 with:
Yuji Tachikawa
Succeeded by
Tsugio Matsuda
Ronnie Quintarelli