Masataka Yanagida

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Masataka Yanagida, born 4 June 1979 in Tokyo, is a Japanese racing driver.

Career[edit]

The son of successful racing driver Haruhito Yanagida, a runner-up in the Japanese Touring Car Championship, Masataka began his career in karting in 1993. In 1997 he raced in Formula Renault Campus in France, before stepping up to the main French Formula Renault Championship in 1998. He moved onto Formula Dream in 1999, taking five victories in the 2000 season.[1]

In 2001 he began racing in Japanese F3 and Japanese GT. He finished seventh in the F3 standings and fourth in the GT300 class in Japanese GT, where he raced with Yuji Ide. He improved to finish third in GT300 in 2002, before winning the class in 2003. He returned to F3 in 2004, but could only finish 10th. He moved up to the GT500 class of Super GT in 2005, finishing fifth in the standings, sharing with Michael Krumm.

He made his World Touring Car Championship debut at the 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Japan at Okayama for the Wiechers-Sport team.

Racing record[edit]

Complete WTCC results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2010 Wiechers-Sport BMW 320si BRA
1

BRA
2

MAR
1

MAR
2

ITA
1

ITA
2

BEL
1

BEL
2

POR
1

POR
2

GBR
1

GBR
2

CZE
1

CZE
2

GER
1

GER
2

ESP
1

ESP
2

JPN
1

17
JPN
2

14
MAC
1

MAC
2

NC 0

Complete Super GT results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
2001 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Silvia GT300 TAI
6
FUJ
2
SUG
12
FUJ
2
MOT
9
SUZ
2
MIN
12
4th 53
2002 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Silvia GT300 TAI
4
FUJ
Ret
SUG
1
SEP
3
FUJ
3
MOT
4
MIN
Ret
SUZ
Ret
3rd 70
2003 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Fairlady Z GT300 TAI
6
FUJ
2
SUG
17
FUJ
3
FUJ
21
MOT
3
AUT
4
SUZ
2
1st 77
2004 Team Daishin Nissan Fairlady Z GT300 TAI
19
SUG
14
SEP
6
TOK
3
MOT
4
AUT
19
SUZ
7
6th 33
2005 NISMO Nissan Z GT500 OKA
12
FUJ
2
SEP
6
SUG
7
MOT
4
FUJ
9
AUT
2
SUZ
8
5th 57
2006 Kondo Racing Nissan Z GT500 SUZ
10
OKA
10
FUJ
10
SEP
8
SUG
10
SUZ
5
MOT
6
AUT
14
FUJ
3
13th 34
2007 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Z GT500 SUZ
10
OKA
13
FUJ
4
SEP
7
SUG
4
SUZ
8
MOT
11
AUT
7
FUJ
15
12th 30
2008 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 SUZ
2
OKA
15
FUJ
12
SEP
2
SUG
13
SUZ
4
MOT
7
AUT
5
FUJ
11
7th 57
2009 MOLA Nissan Fairlady Z GT300 OKA
7
SUZ
3
FUJ
6
SEP
4
SUG
6
SUZ
1
FUJ
9
AUT
8
MOT
7
7th 62
2010 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Fairlady Z GT300 SUZ
5
OKA
3
FUJ
5
SEP
5
SUG
2
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
C
MOT
1
1st 64
2011 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
6
FUJ
10
SEP
2
SUG
1
SUZ
2
FUJ
7
AUT
2
MOT
2
1st 90
2012 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
7
FUJ
8
SEP
14
SUG
3
SUZ
1
FUJ
2
AUT
1
MOT
2
1st 93
2013 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
3
FUJ
Ret
SEP
9
SUG
3
SUZ
2
FUJ
9
AUT
8
MOT
8
6th 50
2014 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
10
FUJ
Ret
AUT
2
SUG
7
FUJ
SUZ
BUR
MOT
6th* 20*

* Season in progress

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Takashi Kogure
Loïc Duval
Super GT (GT500) Champion
20112012 with:
Ronnie Quintarelli
Succeeded by
Kohei Hirate
Yuji Tachikawa