Masao Suenaga

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Masao Suenaga
RE Amemiya FD.jpg
Nationality  Japan
Born (1978-02-13) February 13, 1978 (age 36)
Kagoshima
Related to Naoto Suenaga
2014 D1 Grand Prix
Debut season 2002
Current team RE Amemiya with Greddy
Wins 3
Best finish 2 in 2005
Previous series
2006-2007 D1 Street Legal

Masao Suenaga (末永正雄 Suenaga Masao?, 13 February 1978, Kagoshima) is a Japanese professional drifting driver, currently competing in the D1 Grand Prix series for RE Amemiya and Greddy. He is the younger brother of Naoto who both were taught by Nobushige Kumakubo.

He began his motorsport career racing minibikes in the Kyūshū area, later winning a title. Following this, his motorcycle racing career ended at the age of 20 caused by injuries. As Naoto was involved in the Gowasu hashiriya group, he also became involved which he was taught how to drift by Naoto.[1]

He has been competing in the D1 Grand Prix series since 2002. In 2002 and 2003 he was the youngest driver to compete in the top 16 and he was soon picked up by RE Amemiya a renowned tuner of rotary powered cars. So he switched from his Nissan Silvia to a Mazda RX-7 (FD3S) went from strength to strength. The Silvia would be driven by Naoto until he became one of the Kumakubo led Team Orange drivers. Masao took his first win in 2005 and went on to place second overall. He had a slight lull in his performance in 2006, but was back on form in 2007 winning twice and finishing the season in third.

He is one of the few D1GP drivers to compete the spinoff D1 Street Legal series in his own FD RX-7 winning the first two rounds of the inaugural season.


Suenaga competed in the M150 20b powered fd3s RX7 in the inaugural Formula Drift: Asia at Fuji Speedway Japan where he would take first place against Masashi Yokoi.


Complete Drifting Results[edit]

(key)

D1 Grand Prix[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Position Points
2002 Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 BHH
TAN
EBS
DNQ
SGO
6
TKB
16
EBS
DNQ
SEK
TAN
NIK
4
12 24
2003 Nissan Silvia PS13 TKB
16
BHH
10
SGO
5
FUJ
16
EBS
TAN
SEK
16
TKB
8
13 20
2004 RE Amemiya Nissan Silvia S13 IRW
16
16 14
Mazda RX-7 FD3S SGO
8
EBS
16
APS
TAN
ODB
DNQ
EBS
TAN
TKB
7
2005 RE Amemiya Mazda RX-7 FD3S IRW
6
ODB
5
SGO
6
APS
3
EBS
4
FUJ
1
TKB
4
2 96
2006 RE Amemiya Mazda RX-7 FD3S IRW
TAN
SGO
3
FUJ
TAN
APS
6
EBS
6
SUZ
10
FUJ
16
IRW
6
8 51
2007 RE Amemiya Mazda RX-7 FD3S EBS
3
FUJ
2
SUZ
1
SGO
4
EBS
11
APS
13
FUJ
1
3 92
2008 RE Amemiya Mazda RX-7 FD3S EBS
4
FUJ
4
SUZ
13
OKY
5
APS
6
EBS
NS
FUJ
1
3 89

D1 Street Legal[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Position Points
2006 Mazda RX-7 FD3S SEK
1
EBS
1
SGO
FUJ
APS
EBS
SEK
2007 Mazda RX-7 FD3S SEK
SUZ
SGO
EBS
SEK

Source[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]

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