Masahiro Hasemi

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Masahiro Hasemi
Born (1945-11-13) 13 November 1945 (age 68)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Japan Japanese
Active years 1976
Teams Kojima
Races 1
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 11
First race 1976 Japanese Grand Prix
Last race 1976 Japanese Grand Prix

Masahiro Hasemi (Shinjitai: 長谷見 昌弘 Hasemi Masahiro?, born 13 November 1945, in Tokyo) is a former racing driver and team owner from Japan. He started racing motocross when he was 15 years old. In 1964 he signed to drive for Nissan. After establishing himself in saloon car and GT races in Japan, he participated in his only Formula One race at the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix for Kojima on 24 October 1976. He qualified 10th after an error which cost him his chance of a pole position and finished 11th, seven laps behind the winner. Notably, however, he also set the fastest lap of the race.

Hasemi became the Japanese Formula 2 champion in 1980, and got two titles in the Fuji Grand Champion Series in 1974 and 1980. After that he reverted to racing Skylines, which he became heavily synonymous with in Group 5, touring cars and JGTC. He won the Japanese Touring Car Championship in 1989, 1991 and 1992. He also won the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship in 1990, with the controversial win at the Guia Touring Car race at the Macau Grand Prix in 1990 and Daytona 24 hour in 1992. Hasemi retired from driving in 2001 and now runs Hasemi Sport, a JGTC racing team and Nissan aftermarket parts company.

Hasemi is the most recent Japanese driver to win his home grand prix, winning it in 1975, when it was a non-Championship race.

Racing record[edit]

Japanese Top Formula Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
1974 Kojima Engineering SUZ SUZ
1
SUZ
3
SUZ
9
2nd 20
1975 Sakai Racing Team FUJ
1
SUZ
1
FUJ SUZ
Ret
3rd 45
Kojima Engineering SUZ
5
1976 Kojima Engineering FUJ
5
SUZ FUJ
2
SUZ
2
SUZ
4
2nd 52
1977 Kojima Engineering SUZ SUZ MIN SUZ
1
FUJ
3
4th 46
Private Hasemi FUJ
9
SUZ
4
SUZ
9

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1976 Kojima Engineering Kojima KE007 Cosworth V8 BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
BEL
MON
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
CAN
USA
JPN
11
NC 0

Fastest lap in Formula One[edit]

^ Hasemi is known as the fastest lap holder of the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix, but it was a measurement mistake, and, several days later, the circuit issued a press release to correct the fastest lap holder of the race to Jacques Laffite.[1] This fact is widely known in Japan,[2][3] but not known well outside Japan, thus, Hasemi has been treated as the fastest lap record holder of the race in many record books including the Formula One official website.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ i-dea archives (01/14/06), '76 F1イン・ジャパン (1976 F1 World Championship in Japan), AUTO SPORT Archives 日本の名レース100選 (The 100 Best races in Japan) (in Japanese), Vol. 001, San-eishobo Publishing Co.,Ltd., p. 77, ISBN 978-4-7796-0007-4 
  2. ^ "Motorsport competition results: 1976 F1 World Championship in Japan" (in Japanese). Japan Automobile Federation. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  3. ^ "Archive: 1976 F1 World Championship in Japan" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. 1976-10-25 (original issued date). Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  4. ^ "1976 Japanese Grand Prix". Formula One Administration Ltd. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Keiji Matsumoto
Japanese Formula Two
Champion

1980
Succeeded by
Satoru Nakajima
Preceded by
Hisashi Yokoshima
Japanese Touring Car Championship
Champion

1989
Succeeded by
Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Preceded by
Tim Harvey
Guia Race winner
1990
Succeeded by
Emanuele Pirro
Preceded by
Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japanese Touring Car Championship
Champion

1991–1992
Succeeded by
Masahiko Kageyama