Seiji Ara

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Seiji Ara
Seiji Ara 2010 Motorsport Japan.jpg
Ara in 2010.
Nationality  Japanese
Born (1974-05-05) May 5, 1974 (age 40)
Chiba (Japan)
2014 FIA GT1 World Championship
Debut season 2010
Current team Swiss Racing Team
Car no. 4
Starts 20
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best champ.
finish
42nd in 2010
Previous series
2009
2004
2001-02, 06-08
2000-09
1998-00
1996
WTCC
Le Mans Series
Formula Nippon
Super GT
Japanese F3
Barber Pro Series
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 20012005, 2009
Teams Viper Team Oreca, Audi Sport Japan Team Goh, Jim Gainer International, NAVI Team Goh
Best finish 1st (2004)
Class wins 1

Seiji Ara (荒 聖治; Ara Seiji) (born May 5, 1974 in Chiba, Japan) is a race car driver.

He was the winner of the 24 hour Le Mans race in 2004, driving an Audi R8.[1] In the same year he also raced in the Le Mans Endurance Series and Japanese GT Championship.

In earlier years he had competed in Formula Nippon (2001–2002), Japanese Formula 3 (1997–2000) and the Barber Dodge Pro Series (1995).

He made his World Touring Car Championship debut with Wiechers-Sport at the 2009 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.

Racing record[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2001 France Viper Team Oreca Japan Masahiko Kondo
Portugal Ni Amorim
Chrysler LMP LMP900 243 DNF DNF
2002 Japan Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Japan Hiroki Katoh
France Yannick Dalmas
Audi R8 LMP900 358 7th 6th
2003 Japan Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Denmark Jan Magnussen
Germany Marco Werner
Audi R8 LMP900 370 4th 2nd
2004 Japan Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Italy Rinaldo Capello
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R8 LMP900 379 1st 1st
2005 Japan Jim Gainer International Japan Ryo Michigami
Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi
Dome S101Hb-Mugen LMP1 193 DNF DNF
2009 Japan Navi Team Goh Japan Keisuke Kunimoto
Germany Sascha Maassen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 339 DNF DNF
2012 France Pescarolo Team France Nicolas Minassian
France Sébastien Bourdais
Dome S102.5-Judd LMP1 203 NC NC

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2010 Swiss Racing Team Nissan ABU
QR

12
ABU
CR

Ret
SIL
QR

14
SIL
CR

9
BRN
QR

15
BRN
CR

14
PRI
QR

12
PRI
CR

Ret
SPA
QR

17
SPA
CR

16
NÜR
QR

17
NÜR
CR

21
ALG
QR

11
ALG
CR

18
NAV
QR

13
NAV
CR

Ret
INT
QR

13
INT
CR

16
SAN
QR

Ret
SAN
CR

13
42nd 2

Complete JGTC/Super GT results[edit]

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

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
2000 TOM'S Toyota Supra GT500 MOT
9
FUJ
Ret
SUG
8
FUJ
14
TAI
12
MIN
9
SUZ
12
21st 7
2001 Tsuchiya Engineering Toyota Supra GT500 TAI
9
FUJ
11
SUG
11
FUJ
DNQ
MOT
7
SUZ
7
MIN
10
19th 11
2002 Tsuchiya Engineering Toyota Supra GT500 TAI
6
FUJ
SUG
11
SEP
Ret
FUJ
3
MOT
9
MIN
5
SUZ
7
16th 32
2003 Tsuchiya Racing Toyota Supra GT500 TAI
10
FUJ
SUG
4
FUJ
14
FUJ
17
MOT
3
AUT
12
SUZ
Ret
13th 26
2004 Team Cerumo Toyota Supra GT500 TAI
5
SUG
1
SEP
7
TOK
14
MOT
10
AUT
11
SUZ
4
5th 45
2005 Kraft Toyota Supra GT500 OKA
Ret
FUJ
7
SEP
12
SUG
14
MOT
11
FUJ
16
AUT
12
SUZ
16
19th 4
2006 Kondo Racing Nissan Z GT500 SUZ
OKA
FUJ
SEP
SUG
10
SUZ
5
MOT
6
AUT
14
FUJ
3
16th 28
2007 Kondo Racing Nissan Z GT500 SUZ
Ret
OKA
15
FUJ
Ret
SEP
1
SUG
10
SUZ
10
MOT
5
AUT
Ret
FUJ
5
10th 34
2008 Kondo Racing Nissan GT-R GT500 SUZ
5
OKA
8
FUJ
11
SEP
1
SUG
8
SUZ
7
MOT
14
AUT
16
FUJ
15
14th 34
2009 Kondo Racing Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
1
SUZ
8
FUJ
4
SEP
5
SUG
13
SUZ
11
FUJ
13
AUT
3
MOT
11
8th 48
2011 Lexus Team WedsSport BANDOH Lexus SC430 GT500 OKA
15
FUJ
3
SEP
11
SUG
8
SUZ
11
FUJ
13
AUT
7
MOT
11
13th 18
2012 Lexus Team WedsSport BANDOH Lexus SC430 GT500 OKA
12
FUJ
13
SEP
9
SUG
Ret
SUZ
6
FUJ
3
AUT
3
MOT
5
9th 36
2013 Lexus Team WedsSport BANDOH Lexus SC430 GT500 OKA
14
FUJ
11
SEP
15
SUG
9
SUZ
6
FUJ
Ret
AUT
13
MOT
10
14th 9
2014 BMW Sports Trophy Team Studie BMW Z4 GT3 GT300 OKA
2
FUJ
4
AUT
15
SUG
8
SUZ
FUJ
BUR
MOT
3rd* 26*

* Season in progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Jack (2004-06-13). "Audi, Corvette steal the show at Le Mans". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Kristensen
Rinaldo Capello
Guy Smith
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2004 with:
Tom Kristensen
Rinaldo Capello
Succeeded by
J.J. Lehto
Marco Werner
Tom Kristensen