Masato Kawabata

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Masato Kawabata
Nationality  Japan
Born (1977-10-15) October 15, 1977 (age 37)
Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
2014 D1 Grand Prix
Debut season 2002
Current team GP Sports & Toyo Tires
Wins 4
Championship titles
2007 1
Kawabata's S15 Silvia with 2005 livery

Masato Kawabata (川畑真人 Kawabata Masato?, 15 October 1977, Osaka) is a Japanese professional drifting driver, currently competing in the D1 Grand Prix series for Team Toyo.

Biography[edit]

Kawabata first received his license at 18 and at that point he bought the Nissan 180SX. He practiced alone until he met late D1 driver Atsushi Kuroi who started to teach and advise Kawabata. At age 19, Kawabata entered a drift magazine sponsored contest and took first place. At 21, GP Sports started to sponsor Kawabata with a full line of aero parts. Kawabata and first appeared in the D1 Grand Prix in round 4 of 2002.[1]

Kawabata took his first win at Fuji Speedway in 2006[2] and went on to finish 4th in the overall points. In 2007 he did even better however winning two rounds and the overall title by one point over Nobushige Kumakubo.

2007 Fuji Speedway accident[edit]

In 2007, at round 2, held in Fuji Speedway, during a tsuiou round against Daigo Saito, Saito dipped into the inner apex of the 300R corner, causing his car to understeer and collecting Kawabata's Silvia onto the tyre barrier in the process, severely destroyed both cars. Kawabata had to be taken to hospital for treatment for whiplash injuries. He won the round which he was unable to continue, leaving Atsushi Kuroi without an opponent. For the following round, he returned with a new car and took the win at the next round at Sportsland SUGO.[3][4]

Complete Drifting Results[edit]

(key)

D1 Grand Prix[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Position Points
2002 Nissan 180SX BHH
EBS
EBS
SGO
DNQ
TKB
DNQ
SEK
NIK
0
2003 Silk Road Nissan 180SX TKB
DNQ
BHH
DNQ
SGO
DNQ
FUJ
TAN
EBS
TAN
SEK
TKB
DNQ
0
2004 Silk Road Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 IRW
TAN
23 4
GReddy/GP Sports/Toyo Tires Nissan Silvia S15 SGO
TAN
EBS
DNQ
APS
9
ODB
DNQ
EBS
16
TKB
DNQ
2005 GReddy/GP Sports/Toyo Tires Nissan Silvia S15 IRW
16
ODB
4
SGO
9
APS
7
EBS
TAN
FUJ
3
TKB
5
4 55
2006 GReddy/GP Sports/Toyo Tires Nissan Silvia S15 IRW
5
SGO
16
FUJ
6
APS
TAN
EBS
4
SUZ
8
FUJ
1
IRW
16
4 69
2007 GReddy/GP Sports/Toyo Tires Nissan Silvia S15 EBS
2
FUJ
4
SUZ
6
SGO
1
EBS
5
APS
1
FUJ
16
1 100
2008 GP Sports/Toyo Tires Nissan 180SX RPS13 EBS
1
FUJ
TAN
SUZ
15
OKY
11
APS
3
EBS
FUJ
6 54

References[edit]

  1. ^ J.D.M. OPTION INTERNATIONAL (2006)
  2. ^ [ D1GP/D1SL NEWS REPORT ] J.D.M. OPTION INTERNATIONAL (2006)
  3. ^ [ D1GP/D1SL NEWS REPORT ] J.D.M. OPTION INTERNATIONAL (2007)
  4. ^ YouTube - Broadcast Yourself

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Nobushige Kumakubo
D1 Grand Prix Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Daigo Saito